We’re a nation of cider drinkers, loving it on ice in summer, mulled for winter and in pint-sized portions all year round. But the sweet, fruity and tangy nature of the apple- or pear-based drink means it can be used in sweet and savoury recipes to great effect.
Whether you’re partial to a cloudy cider Breton, prefer a can of flavoured fizzy stuff, or avoid it like the plague, cider
is certainly a drink worth talking about. The large range of products that fall under the umbrella category of cider are incredibly distinct, meaning with a little digging, most people will find something to suit their palate. But, if you’re firmly in the ‘no’ camp, cider can still be enjoyed in cooking – in fact, some people would say it’s the best way to showcase its flavour. Not sure what to match it with? Follow our lead with these winning combinations...
How to cook with cider…
It’s understandable why chicken is the most popular search term across bbcgoodfood.com – its versatility and ease of cooking mean it can be teamed with a spectrum of sauces and seasonings. Cider, mustard and herbs are a holy trinity of flavours, and we’ve adapted the delicious formula in two different ways…
Chicken & cider fricassee with parsley croutes
Cider, mustard & herb chicken
We’re huge fans of flavour contrast, and pork and apple might just be one of our favourite combinations. Add this novel recipe to your campsite repertoire – cider, honey and mustard are reduced to a sticky glaze to coat a cartwheel of sausage. Serve with a contrasting rustic slaw and add an extra layer of nighttime insulation with help from a steaming mug of hot caramel malted milk
Sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad
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