Pulled Pork Stew Recipe

img_0065Sometimes the best meals you’ll ever have are those that warm your heart as well as your stomach. Long, slow cooked meals as infused with love as they are with ingredients. The kind of meal that you make with family all standing around the kitchen adding their own touches. These are the meals that create memories you will savor far longer than the food itself.

After munching on a picnic ham for two days we’d both decided that reheating it again was no longer an option. We both wanted something else for dinner, I really wanted something like you’d eat in England, perhaps in a Britannia Hotel on a cold winter’s day that would leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. But we’re not the kind to watch at least two pounds of good pork go to waste, so what to do with it?

Make Stew!

As both myself and Mrs. seat of her Pants were both cooking very much by the seats of our pants, I don’t have an actual recipe. I do remember what went in to this though, so I’ll run through the steps in a less formal manner. It is a leftover dinner, after all. Just a re purposed one.

Separate pork meat from bone. (With your fingers! You’ll never get all of it with a knife.) Tear into more or less bite-sized chunks. Take a guess at how much pork you’ve got (or use a scale, if you’d like. I’m pretty good at guessing.) We figured we had about two pounds left when all was said and done.

Coarsely chop some celery, carrots and onion. (Yup a mirepoix, though in our case not in the classical volumes.) In our case it was half a head of celery, 3 large carrots and a white onion close to the size of Manhattan island.

Sauté veggies over medium heat in a large stock pot with 3 tbsp olive oil for about 20 minutes. Add 5 cloves garlic and a few tablespoons of tomato paste (we use the kind in the tube), stir for about a minute and add two tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Stir the mixture until veggies are coated and the flour smells a bit nutty. Add 32 oz of beef stock or chicken stock and bring to a boil. At this point the liquid may be too thick, so add water to desired consistency.

Add 5 chopped potatoes, cover and simmer until everything is tender and smelling lovely. Salt and pepper the mix to taste, add in the leftover pork and a good splash of port wine. Allow to simmer for another 10 minutes or so and serve.

Nummy!

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea for left over pork. That’s one of my pet peeves – on the rare occassion that I make a pork loin roast, there is always so much left over and after a couple sandwiches, it just goes to waste.. I’d never thought about making it into a stew! Great idea!! It looks quite delicious, a job well done :D

    Also, although it’s too late for January, this would be a great entry for February’s Leftover Tuesday monthly event!

  2. Jerry says

    Lisa,

    I Hope you enjoy Dear, and thank you!

    Mrs. Seat of her Pants gobbled up most of this all by her gorgeous self, leaving me a little sad, I must admit.

    Thanks for pointing me to Leftover Tuesday! I wouldn’t have known it was there without you.

  3. Jerry says

    sandi,

    My family originated in either Oklahoma or Arkansas, so if there’s ever a roast made around the house and for some strange reason you have leftovers, you can guarantee that there’s some stew coming the next day.

    And you are very, very welcome!

  4. Evelyn Kondelik says

    Since everything is already cooked, I would think that you could either place jars in a pressure cooker and keep under pressure for maybe five minutes, or cold pack it, where you would cover the jars with water, bring to a boil, and boil for 15 minutes to ensure even heating inside the jar and then take out and listen for the sealing”pop” of the lid.

  5. dlc 2011 says

    There is nothing nicer than a good bowl of stew.. Especially as winter is fast approaching.

    I love mine with a chunk of thick bread and some brown sauce.

    Gotta Love it

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