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Beer Braised Pork Knuckles

Asked by trent1785. Answered on 17th September 2015

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I'm making the Beer Braised Pork Knuckles and was wondering do you taste the beer in the pork after cooking? My wife does not like the flavour of beer. If so, what could I replace it with? Thanks, Trent,

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Nigella's Beer Braised Pork Knuckles (from Kitchen) uses beer as the main cooking liquid, flavoured with garlic, onions and caraway. The dish also contains sliced apples. If you braise or stew with beer or stout then the liquid is cooked for a long time and mellowed and reduced, so usually you do not have a "beery" taste in the finished dish.

The sweetness of the apples should also help to soften any bitter notes from the beer. But if your wife still finds the sauce not to her taste then adding a pinch or two of sugar can also help. But if it remains a concern then a dry cider (for the US a dry hard cider) could be used instead of the beer.

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