Pork Stew with Carrots and Potatoes with Sprigs of Tarragon in a Brown Ceramic Dutch Oven

COMFORTING WINTER PORK STEW

with Tender Root Vegetables

A winter wind is howling through the trees. Branches sway in the frozen air as you watch through your kitchen window. A fire crackles in the hearth and loved ones are ready for a sumptuous supper around a warm and inviting table. 

Can you picture it? It doesn’t matter at all, whether you live in a place where winter chills you to the bone or a far more temperate climate. This recipe is for you.

WHY CHOOSE THIS WINTER PORK STEW RECIPE?

Preparing a comforting cold-weather pork stew can be a delightful experience that warms both your heart and your home. This hearty dish, filled with tender pork and a variety of vegetables, offers a symphony of savory aromas and satisfying flavors that are perfect for the chilly season.

The slow simmering of the stew allows the ingredients to meld together, creating a dish that is both comforting and delicious.

As an added bonus, this winter pork stew provides the perfect opportunity to gather your loved ones around the table, sharing not just a meal, but also precious moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to enjoy the warmth and togetherness that this pork stew brings.

A SATISFYING, PERSONAL COOKING EXPERIENCE

As you embark on the journey of preparing a delightful Sunday supper, it’s important to savor each moment and relish the process of blending an array of herbs, spices, vegetables, and protein.

Allow yourself to be fully present in the kitchen, embracing the sights, smells, and textures that come together to create a delicious meal.

Whether you’re chopping fresh herbs, sautéing aromatic spices, or searing protein to perfection, take the time to appreciate the artistry of cooking.

The beauty of cooking lies in the creativity and freedom it offers, allowing you to experiment with different flavor combinations and techniques.

Feel empowered to trust your instincts and make adjustments along the way to suit your taste preferences. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a memorable meal – let your intuition guide you as you craft a dish that reflects your unique culinary style.

Once your masterpiece is complete, take pride in sharing it with loved ones any day of the week. Food has a magical way of bringing people together, fostering connection and creating lasting memories.

So, whether you’re hosting a Sunday gathering or simply enjoying a quiet meal at home, revel in the joy of sharing your culinary creation and the love that went into preparing it.

PORK STEW VERSATILITY

Transforming a winter pork stew into a vegan-friendly version is a simple and delicious way to cater to different dietary preferences.

By making a few ingredient swaps, such as replacing beef or chicken stock with vegetable broth and trading pork for seitan or tempeh, you can create a hearty and flavorful dish that satisfies vegans and non-vegans alike.

Vegetable broth adds a rich depth of flavor while seitan or tempeh provides a meaty texture that mimics the heartiness of pork.

This vegan adaptation allows you to enjoy a comforting stew during the colder months while accommodating a plant-based diet. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to customize the flavors to your liking.

No matter which protein you choose, when your creation is ready to serve, there will be no need to call them to the table. Their noses and appetites will have already led them there. Enjoy!

Total Prep Time:
1 hr 40 m

Servings in Recipe:
6

Serving Size:
2 cups

Calories Per Serving:
594

Total Prep Time: 1 hr 40 m


Servings in Recipe: 6


Serving Size: 6 oz bowl


Calories Per Serving: 594

Pork Stew with Carrots and Potatoes with Sprigs of Tarragon in a Brown Ceramic Dutch Oven

WINTER PORK STEW

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp aromatic olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine vinegar for tangy-ness
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour (plus 2 tbsp flour for later)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2  tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic (or ½ tsp of garlic powder)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups parsnips, diced
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 lb of pork tenderloin (or other preferred cut), trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
Winter Pork and Vegetable Stew Ingredients. Pork, Onion, Peppers and Leafy Greens
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2  tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic (or ½ tsp of garlic powder)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups parsnips, diced
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 lb of pork tenderloin (or other preferred cut), trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

Directions

  • Cut pork into cube-sized pieces and set aside.
  • In a glass bowl, gently whisk together 2 cups of flour, salt, pepper and thyme powder (whisking dry ingredients together is much more efficient at evenly distributing ingredients than using a spoon),  then pour the combined mixture into a large resealable bag.
  • Add your cubed pork to the bag.
  • Shake and turn the bag well until all pieces are fully covered with the flour mixture.
  • Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat (and take a moment to luxuriate in the subtle, lovely fragrance of the oil as it warms).
  • Once the oil is heated, add pork cubes to the pot. Do this in batches so as not to crowd the pot and prevent browning (crowding will cause them to steam and not brown). 7-9 minutes per batch.
  • Transfer batches to a paper-towel-lined bowl until all pieces are browned.
  • Discard the resealable bag. (One less thing to wash!)
  • Pour the remaining tbsp of olive oil into the pot.
  • Add the carrots, onion, bay leaf and either fresh garlic or garlic powder. Allow these to cook down for approx. 5 min or until the onions are almost translucent.
  • Add the white wine vinegar to the pot.
  • After a minute or so, scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen those tasty bits of browned pork and gently stir to combine those flavours into the veg mixture. (Deglazing)
  • Allow this to simmer until the vinegar has all but evaporated.
  • Add the crispy pork back into the pot along with the 4 cups of chicken or beef broth.
  • Bring this all to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for approx 30 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potatoes and parsnips to the pot along with the two cups of water.
  • Bring this again to a boil, then return it to medium heat and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • For a thicker broth: Combine the 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour and add it to the simmering pot during the 2nd 30-minute stretch. Stirring every so often for an even richness. 
  • Remove the bay leaf and it’s time for the taste test, at which point you can add any extra salt and/or pepper to your liking.
  • Serve your delicious pork stew with a fresh, crusty loaf of bread and accept the much-deserved applause and adoration. 

WINTER PORK STEW FAQ

What is the best part of the pork for stew?

When making this delicious pork stew, the best part of the pork to use is typically the shoulder or hind area. These cuts are well-marbled with fat and connective tissue, which makes them perfect for slow-cooking methods like stewing.

The fat and collagen in these cuts help keep the meat moist and tender as it cooks, resulting in a rich and flavorful stew.

If you prefer, you can trim off any excess fat and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces. Overall, using pork shoulder or hind cuts in your stew will result in a hearty and satisfying dish that is perfect for warming you up on a cold day.

Can you stew pork too long?

Yes, stewing pork for too long can make it tough and dry. Pork is a meat that can benefit from slow cooking methods like stewing to help break down its connective tissues and make it tender.

However, if it is cooked for an excessively long time, the proteins in the meat can become overcooked, resulting in a tough and dry texture rather than the desired tender and juicy consistency.

It is recommended to follow a recipe’s guidelines for stewing pork to ensure it is cooked to perfection and not overdone. Keep an eye on the cooking time and temperature to achieve the best results.


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