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Chunky Pork & Root Vegetable Ragout

Pork and apples are a perfect pair in any meal, and when they’re slow-cooked with fall root vegetables, you get a completely delicious crowd-pleaser.

November 16th, 2012

Recipes by LeeAnne Wright

Makes 8 Servings
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
In the slow cooker: 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high
  • 3 lb boneless pork shoulder, tripped and cut into 2 1/2-cm chunks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely
  • 4 parsnips, peeled and chopped coarsely
  • 3 small turnips, trimmed and cut into quarters
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped coarsely
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  1. Place pork and flour in a resealable bag. Shake bag to coat pork with flour. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding in pan, shake excess flour off pork and sear, turning until all sides are dark golden brown. Transfer pork to slow cooker.

  2. In the same frying pan, sauté garlic, onion, carrots, parsnips, turnips and sweet potato until soft and lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Spoon vegetables into slow cooker. Add apple to slow cooker.

  3. Deglaze pan with apple cider vinegar, then add the apple cider. Use a spatula to scrape all of the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour the liquid into the slow cooker; add thyme and bay leaves. Slow cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours. When done, spoon off surface fat and serve.

Nutrients Per Serving

603 calories, 36 g fat, 68 mg calcium, 167 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 6 g fibre, 31 g protein. Excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and B12, folate, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamine and zinc; good source of vitamins C and D; source of fibre, calcium, omega-3 and omega-6.

Chunky Pork & Root Vegetable Ragout
Photography by Ryan Szulc