Savoury Baked Apples with Sunday Roast Pork Shoulder Recipe

A British Sunday classic, brought bang up to date with the addition of Pink Lady® apples.   

<h1>Savoury Baked Apples with Sunday Roast Pork Shoulder Recipe</h1>


  • 25 mins to prepare

  • 40 mins for the pork, 2 hours plus 20 mins resting time to cook

  • Serves 4


  • 2kg - Pork shoulder joint
  • 1 - A little olive oil
  • 1 - Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 - Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 - Tablespoon olive oil
  • 25g - Butter
  • 2 - Rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely diced
  • 2 - Tablespoons finely chopped sage leaves
  • 1 - Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 40g - Walnuts, chopped
  • 4 - Small-medium Pink Lady® apples

Full preparation

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C. Lay the pork joint in a roasting tin and rub all over with a little olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the hot oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to 160°C and continue to roast for further 1 hour and 40 minutes (for a 2 kg joint). If your joint weighs more or less, simply roast at the hot temperature for 30 minutes, then roast at the lower temperature for 25 minutes per kg. Once cooking time has finished, remove the pork, wrap loosely in tin foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  3. Once the pork is roasting in the oven, start the apples. In a small frying pan, gently sweat the onion with the olive oil, butter, bacon and sage, seasoning well with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Allow to soften over a low heat for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is lightly caramelised.
  4. While the onion is cooking, prepare the apples. Slice the top off each apple, cutting about 1 cm from the top, and score a fine line through the skin all around the middle of each. Using a melon baller, sturdy teaspoon or small knife, carefully scoop and hollow out the core and a little of the surround apple, leaving you with a walnut-sized cavity. Finely chop the excess apple from the core and add to the frying pan, along with the walnuts and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Place the apples in a snug cluster in a small baking dish and spoon the filling into the hollows, packing it down quite firmly. Top each with the cut off apple top, creating a lid. 20 minutes before the pork is due to be done, slide the apples into the oven and bake 40 minutes until soft when pierced with a skewer.

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