Greek style pork (Hirino spithkasimo)

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By: Tonia Buxton From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.58 / 5 (116 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
2 hrs

Tonia Buxton makes a rustic Greek dish of pork, onions, tomatoes and potatoes spiced with the warming flavours of cinnamon and cumin


1. Put the pork and potatoes in a large earthenware dish.

2. Pour a good drizzle of oil in the dish and mix around well. Add the spices and mix again.

3. Lay the onions and tomatoes over the top pour over a little more oil and season.

4. Cover with foil and cook in a hot oven (200C) for around 1 hour, then lower the heat to 180C and remove the foil and cook for another hour till browned. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn.

5. Serve straight from the earthenware dish with Greek rocket.

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Fantastic recipe & so quick & easy to put together!
Having read the other comments I also tweaked it a bit...
I halved the amounts, but kept the amount of spices the same, also added a handful of unpeeled garlic cloves to the mixture. I cooked it covered for 40mins @ 190c/fan 170c, then reduced the heat to 150c/fan 130c & cooked it slowly for one and a half hours, then removed the foil & increased the temperature to 170c/fan 150c for another 30mins. It was a very tasty meal & the meat just fell apart.....don't forget to spoon over those lovely juices in the bottom of the dish

ratzakli ratzakli  Posted 09 Mar 2012 10:18 AM

I too added garlic (3 large cloves, chopped) and I used a can of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh. Pretty tasty but next time I'll add some fennel seed or aniseed with the other spices and finish by adding lemon juice or balsamic or sherry vinegar; oregano and/or basil might go well too.

PaulS44420 PaulS44420  Posted 25 Jan 2012 10:42 AM

what a fabulous recipe... so easy and so very tasty. will be doing it again very soon.
p.s. added some garlic to it, mmmmmmm yummy

ireneH48720 ireneH48720  Posted 30 Jul 2011 12:15 PM

Fab recipe. Really easy to do. I made it using 3 cinnamon sticks and 2-3 bay leaves which I saw on My Greek Kitchen tv series(instead of the cumin and cinnamon tsp). Fabulous, a real hearty meal and absolutely delicious.....try it, you wont be disappointed.

SandraB29273 SandraB29273 Posted 21 Sep 2010 7:35 PM

I have just made this dish. I know it seems more of a Winter dish but I just happened to have the required ingredients and it's easy! A delicious one pot meal!

ElizabethR7414 ElizabethR7414 Posted 31 Jul 2010 5:30 PM

Just had this meal, it was lovely did add some extra cumin and cinnamon after reading comments and i think i got it right it cooked to the time as recipe stated, very straight forward dish to do.

biddie 22 biddie 22 Posted 23 Jul 2010 6:54 PM

1: it is CYPRUS potatoes.
2: 2 tsp cumin needs to be added, it's not written up in the ingredients.

CookwitchLF CookwitchLF Posted 01 Aug 2009 6:42 PM

Lovely. A real taste of home for me.

CookwitchLF CookwitchLF Posted 24 Jul 2009 12:02 PM

Lovely. A real taste of home for me.

CookwitchLF CookwitchLF Posted 24 Jul 2009 12:01 PM

Really enjoyed this - simple to do and very tasty. For personal taste, would go a touch heavier on the spices for a stronger flavour from them. Had family over and served it for Sunday lunch - clean plates all round!

RussellB92473 RussellB92473 Posted 17 Nov 2008 11:11 AM

Made this last night cutting down the ingredients as it was for three. It was great but I think when I make it again I will not half the spices as I did last night as I think it needs that depth of flavour

MARIE59 MARIE59 Posted 16 Nov 2008 11:38 AM

Made this last night and the flavours were fantastic. It needs at least 3 to 4 hours cooking to cook down the onions and potatoes. When l make again will cook the onions down with garlic, then add meat and potato mix, and sprinkle in some parsley before serving.

AmandaL63183 AmandaL63183 Posted 16 Nov 2008 10:32 AM