Recipe ideas with cider?

Red Cabbage with cider

Thinly slice the red cabbage and add 1/3 cup of dried cranberries, add 1 thinly sliced cooking apple, add 1/3 bottle of apple cider and 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, add 1/4 cup light brown sugar, stir to combine and season with a small teaspoon each of crushed cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Put a lid on top and cook gently for several hours in a moderately heated oven.
Keep your eye on that and add a little more apple cider if you think it needs it!

Ham with pear and a Perry cider sauce with thanks to Gino D’Acampo

Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick slices of ham
  • 1 shallot finely sliced
  • 100ml Perry cider – I recommend Tutts Clump perry
  • 150ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 450g King Edward potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 40g butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • A splash of milk
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Make the mash by boiling the potatoes in salted water, once tender, drain and leave to steam for two minutes to get rid off excess moisture.
  2. Use a mashers or ricer to mash the potatoes then stir in the mustard and butter adding a splash of milk if needed. You don’t want it to wet so that it can soak up the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and leave to one side.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the ham until golden brown on both sides then remove from the pan and set to one side and keep warm.
  4. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for 1 minute before deglazing the pan with the cider. Bring to the boil and simmer for a minute before pouring in the cream. Simmer gently for two minutes until slightly thickened then season with salt and pepper and stir in the chives.
  5. Serve the sauce over the warm ham with the mustard mash.