Pork Cheeks, Butter Beans and Chorizo

Posted By Stephen

On a recent visit to Waitrose, Kerri bought seven pork cheeks for the rather reasonable sum of just £1.67. We had been talking about cooking them for a while, and this seemed too good (and cheap) an opportunity to pass up. Something slow cooked seemed to be the way to go, and we fancied something Spanish in style so added a little chopped up chorizo and handful of butter beans. Good old fashioned hearty fare for a rainy February day.

The pork cheeks cooked down and were really soft and tender, breaking up easily with just a fork. Perhaps we should have kept the cheeks whole actually, it would have made for more interesting presentation.

We made the recipe up as we went along, but it went something like this:

1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 or 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 small onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
100g chorizo, chopped
1 tsp paprika (optional)
7 pig cheeks, cut into 2 or 3 pieces each
250g dried butter beans
1 litre (or so) of chicken stock
250ml red wine
1tsp dried thyme (or preferably fresh thyme if you have it, which we didn’t)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
small bunch parsley, chopped

Heat up a little oil in a casserole or heavy saucepan and then fry the chorizo until the red oil starts to appear. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic and fry for a while until softened. Remove to a plate. Add a little more oil to the casserole, season the cheek pieces with salt and pepper and then brown them. When done, add the vegetables and chorizo back into the casserole with the cheeks, stir and turn down the heat.

Add the bay leaves and then the wine. Let the wine bubble away for a little while to evaporate the alcohol and then add the tomatoes, beans and thyme. You could add paprika too but we forgot. Add enough stock to just cover them, bring to the boil, cover with a lid and let simmer for about 3 hours. Remember to stir every half an hour or so to ensure that the beans cook consistently. Before serving, season with salt and pepper if needed and add a little chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Feb 21st, 2010

9 Comments to 'Pork Cheeks, Butter Beans and Chorizo'

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  1. Alex said,

    That’s such a bargain! I paid something like £2 for two, which I thought was a steal at the time…
    .-= Alex´s last blog ..Frocks that rock at The Baftas =-.

  2. Jonathan said,

    Hurray for pork cheeks. Fantastic stuff. A great addition to beans and chorizo. I love this dish.
    .-= Jonathan´s last blog ..Oriental Beef Shin & Oxtail Lettuce Wraps =-.

  3. Kerri said,

    I know, I only asked for four to begin with but took the rest since they were so cheap. And they were from Waitrose, I don’t think I’ve ever used the words “cheap” and “Waitrose” in the same sentence before 🙂

    Thanks, Jonathan. I thought you might approve!

  4. Lucy said,

    We tried this last night and it was amazing – pork cheeks from Waitrose for £3.15 for a kilo – a total bargain! Totally delicious melt in the mouth tasty-ness! I’m bookmarking this page!

  5. Stephen said,

    Glad you enjoyed it Lucy, they are bargaintastic if you can find them 🙂

  6. Waitrose have pork cheeks? The one local to both of us?

    Hurrah! I know what is for supper tomorrow then.
    .-= Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours´s last blog ..Breakfast Club 1- Asian – The Winner! =-.

  7. Stephen said,

    Helen, we got ours from the Fulham Waitrose when we made this several months ago – not sure which branch Lucy went to recently though…

  8. Kerri said,

    They were part of the Forgotten Cuts range which I think they either stopped doing or reduced drastically over the summer. I haven’t seen them in there for a while 🙁

  9. I have just realised it was an old post. I clicked into it from the recent comments. I’ll go and ask in Walters at Barons Court. and lobby Waitrose.
    .-= Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours´s last blog ..Breakfast Club 1- Asian – The Winner! =-.

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