Braised pork cheeks with butter beans


Braised pork cheeks with butter beans

Prep Time: 20 Mins Cooking Time: 2 Hours 30 Mins Total Time: 2 Hours 50 Mins


  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 pork cheeks, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 banana shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced
  • 50g/2oz unsalted butter
  • 30g/1oz runny honey
  • 1 tbsp picked fresh thyme
  • 200ml/7fl oz white wine
  • 200ml/7fl oz chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
  • 400g/14oz tinned butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Combine the flour with the salt and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Dust the pork cheeks all over with the seasoned flour.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large deep pan over a medium heat and fry the pork cheeks for 2-3 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan heat the remaining olive oil and add the shallots and leeks. Add the butter and fry for 5-6 minutes. Add the honey and stir to coat the vegetables.
  4. Return the pork cheeks to the pan and add the thyme, white wine and chicken stock. Reduce the heat and simmer on a very low heat, covered, for 2½ hours.
  5. Remove the pork cheeks from the pan and set aside to rest. Add the mustard, cream, butter beans and vinegar, cooking for a further 5-6 minutes.
  6. Return the cheeks to the pan to coat in the sauce, then serve with mash or rice.