Have made this dish twice now, and it is delicious! Also left the skin on the apples as others mentioned, otherwise followed the recipe and it turned out great both times! Definitely putting this into regular rotation.
Smothered Vinegar Pork Shoulder with Apples and Kale
Jenichan Posted: 12/08/13
Catherine1982 Posted: 01/08/14
My husband was adamant that he didn't like kale. This recipe changed his mind. Yay! Cooking Light!
Tracey9K22183 Posted: 11/06/13
The apples would make a nice side dish with other recipes. I didn't peel the apples (as shown in the photo). 3 minutes was not enough time to soften the apples so I microwaved them a bit and returned them to the pan. The kale and onion sauce was delicious; the perfect accompaniment for the pork.
alphabetizing Posted: 02/02/14
Made this during an ice storm and it was FANTASTIC. Warming, delicious. The KALE honestly ended up the superstar in this recipe. It soaked up all the other flavors in the pot and was so tender and amazing. My boyfriend teased me for how much I was raving about it, and he is stubborn to accept kale... he tried it and apologized and was like "YOU'RE RIGHT IT'S AMAZING." Haha. Definitely a good recipe, will use again! Perfect for cold weather. If I could manage prettier presentation, I would serve for guests, even.
jmeleeS Posted: 04/07/14
Excellent dish! I just made this winner recently and it's perfect for these months where it's not quite warm enough to leave comfort food behind. Prep / total hands on time is about 20 minutes (longest time being in browning the meat) so this is a great option when you are super busy but want a quality meal. A few modifications: 1) our shoulder was ~4 lbs total (bone-in) but cook time didn't change; 2) I added more liquid to compensate for the larger shoulder, but in the end, I don't think it needed the extra liquid; 3) added 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika and coriander in lieu of allspice & 1/2 tsp of ground red pepper to the base & 4) thinly sliced my garlic to melt into the liquid in lieu of mincing. I also did not do the apple step and served with garlic smashed red potatoes. What a wonderful meal! The pork was tender with an addictive vinegar undertone and the potatoes had a ready made "gravy" from the sauce. Wouldn't hesitate to serve for a crowd; it's a keeper! Enjoy!
Cookinglightly Posted: 11/02/13
Simple and delicious
drnana Posted: 01/03/14
This was delicious...Hubby LOVED it!! Will make again right away. Perfect for winter dinner, warm, cozy,comfort food with great flavor. This one is a winner.
RyansWife Posted: 10/26/13
This dish was simple and exceeded our expectations. The pork roast was tender and flavorful and the kale and apples were both delicious.
ericai Posted: 11/10/13
The whole family loved this. Used a 2 1/2 lb. roast and the entire bunch of kale for a family of 4 and only a small amount of pork remained. The kale onion mix was fabulous. Like others we didn't peel the apples.
NEMPorts Posted: 10/28/13
This was one of the best recipes I've made from Cooking Light. My husband isn't a big fan of kale but he loved this. I didn't peel the apples and that was fine but next time I'll slice them thinner so they get softer.
dmleach Posted: 12/12/13
The kale, onions and apples were great, but unfortunately they carry all the flavor in this dish. The pork roast, while wonderfully tender, is all but flavorless without any marinade or rub.