Pork Steaks with Apples, Cider and Mustard

, from Issue #54. September, 2015
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Pork Steaks with Apples, Cider and Mustard

Use one of the fabulous artisan ciders produced in New Zealand for this rich, luscious sauce that goes so well with pork.

Serves: 4


4 pork scotch fillet steaks
½ cup plain flour
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
knob of butter

1 tablespoon oil
knob of butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
pinch ground cinnamon
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into thick wedges
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
330 ml apple cider
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


Using a sharp knife, lightly score the pork on both sides. Place the flour in a shallow dish and season. Dust the steaks, shaking off excess flour.

Heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan and cook the steaks for about 4 minutes each side. They should have a lovely golden crust on both sides. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely and rest for 3 minutes.

Apples: Heat the oil and butter in a sauté pan and add the onion with a good pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, spices and the apples and cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Add the mustard and cider, season and cook at a fast simmer until the apples are just tender and the sauce has reduced by half. Stir in the parsley.

To serve: Place the steaks on plates and spoon over the apples. Serve with cooked green beans and mashed potatoes.