Country Pork and Parsley Cobbler

"As we're heading towards autumn again I started to go through my 'Winter Warmers' recipes and thought I should share this one, a warming casserole dish and one pot meal. I found the recipe some time ago in a low cholesterol and low fat cookbook. I usually leave out the celery and add more leek and carrots instead, as I don't like celery. (UK tomato puree = US tomato paste, swede = rutabega and you can use sour cream or creme fraiche instead of the fromage frais, if you can't get any.)"
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Ready In:
2hrs 25mins




  • In a skillet, heat the oil and fry the pork until lightly browned.
  • Add the vegetables and stir over a medium heat until they start to color lightly.
  • Pour into a large casserole dish and add the stock, tomato puree, parsley and pearl barley.
  • Mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and place in a preheated oven (180 C/350 F/Gas 4) for about 1-1 1/4 hour, until the vegetables and pork are tender.
  • For the Cobbler topping, sift the flour and baking powder with seasoning into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the fromage frais and the chopped parsley.
  • Add enough cold water to mix a soft but not sticky dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until it's about 1cm thick.
  • Cut dough into 12-16 triangles.
  • take the casserole out of the oven and raise the temperature to 220 C/425 F/Gas 7.
  • Top the casserole with the dough triangles, making sure the edges overlap.
  • Bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, until the dough has risen and has turned golden.

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  1. Great winter recipe which is very open to adaptations based on the veggies that are on hand. I made a few subsitutions with good results by using one beet instead of the swede (which I wasn't sure what it was exactly), baby carrots and 1 1/2 onions (in place of the leeks--the grocery store has been out of them). I also used one can of beef broth and one can of V-8 and skipped the tomato puree. I wasn't sure how much flour to use so I used 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder. I also didn't have any fromage frais (I also wasn't sure what it was) so I used whipping cream in its place. The only change I'll make next time to this recipe is adding a bit of thickner to the cobbler while it is cooking, but that may have been my fault by skipping the tomato puree and using too much broth/juice. Thanks for sharing!


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