One of the best things about the colder weather is cooking and eating comfort food. Comfort food warms us, feeding our soul and palate. It's rich, rustic and innately appealing, reminding us of home, lit fires, baking bread and beloved recipes we grew up eating. It also reflects the season, taking fresh, economical ingredients and slow-cooking them with rich satisfying results.
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion and Apple Confit is a perfect fall season dish that lands squarely in the comfort food category in my book. Pork shoulder slowly braises in apple cider and a confit of onions and apples until it is falling-apart tender. The cider and natural juices from the meat create a sweet and savory sauce which is fortified with Calvados brandy and finished with Dijon mustard, adding depth and sharpness to this hearty dish. As with most one-pot meals, it's meant to be eaten family-style and is easily doubled to feed a crowd. Prepare yourself: the pork will cook in the oven for several hours and fill your home with its delicious aroma. In the meantime, you can light a fire in the fireplace, grab that book you've been meaning to read and curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea. Enjoy the moment - this is what comfort food is all about.