Pork cheeks are an oft-overlooked cut, but they've got plenty to offer. Take Mark Hix's advice, and get braising.
Braised Pork Cheeks In Perry (Serves 4)
500-600g pork cheeks, cut into chunks or left whole
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
1tbsp vegetable oil
50g flour, plus some for dusting
700ml chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 | Season and lightly flour the pork cheeks.
2 | Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the meat on a high heat for 2-3 minutes, browning on all sides, then drain on kitchen paper.
3 | Meanwhile, melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan and gently cook the onion for 2-3 minutes until soft, add the flour and cook on a low heat for a minute, then add the perry and stock gradually to avoid lumps forming.
4 | Bring to the boil, add the pork cheeks, season and simmer gently for about an hour until the cheeks are tender.
5 | The sauce should be reduced and thick by now; if not, remove the cheeks and simmer the sauce until it’s thickened, then return the cheeks and serve in a warmed sharing dish or on individual plates