Cider Pork Stew With Cheddar Dumplings

"A wonderful one-pot meal. Serve with a spinach salad to complete the meal. Recipe comes from Pillsbury Classic Cookbook, September 1996."
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Ready In:
2hrs 25mins




  • In a 1-gallon plastic bag combine the 3 Tbsps flour, 1 tsp salt, thyme and black pepper; mix well.
  • Add pork cubes, close bag and shake to evenly coat meat.
  • Place the coated pork on waxed paper; reserving remaining flour mixture.
  • In heavy 4-quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Add the coated pork cubes; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until evenly browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add remaining stew ingredients except for the 2 Tbsp water.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat; cover and simmer 45 to 60 minutes or until pork is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp water and reserved flour mixture in a small bowl.
  • Blend until smooth and add to stew; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until stew thickens.
  • Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cup level off.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the 1 cup flour, baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt mixing well.
  • Add buttermilk, cheese and parsley; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto hot stew.
  • Cover and cook 25 to 35 minutes resisting the temptation to peek until the end of cooking time.
  • Keeping the pan covered tightly results in light, fluffy dumplings.

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  1. Masuta7
    This is much better if you leave out onions, peel the apples and double the dumpling recipe. Also better with Apple Juice rather than Cider. I rate this five stars after making the above changes.
  2. Crystal W
    Very good and different. I cooked mine in a crockpot for about 3 hours on high and also added in some carrots. Thanks for the recipe!
  3. Gerry
    We have had so many really cool days making stew a good choice for the family supper. Used apple juice and loved the taste of the apples - which always go so well with pork. The dumplings were great - made for a real treat meal - we don't see to dumplings too often at our house ... and these were good. Thank you Paula I have added this in my file for Stews.
  4. Elmotoo
    YUM!!! I put this in a 300F oven for 1 hr 45 min while I took dd to her swim lesson. It worked! It didn't *need* that much time but it is still fabulous. The flavors scream FALL COMFORT FOOD. I added 2 chopped onions when i browned the pork & added the scallions just before dropping ion the dumpling mix. Deeeelishhhhussss!!!
  5. Jewelies
    What a great family meal. It was quite cold here last night and we really enjoyed this warming meal especially my 2yo which is a big plus for me. It's quite a sweet dish and this is why I think it would be ideal for kids. I made exactally as written and used apple cider. Will be making again without the dumplings to freeze. Thanks for posting.


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