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April 15, 2008

Mom’s Pork Stew

Filed under: comfort food, Dinner, Healthy — Tags: , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 10:41 pm

This is one of my favorite winter comfort foods from home.  Although I consider it a comfort food, and label it Mom’s recipe, it is by no means a traditional salt, pepper and boil kind of stew.  This has all kinds of flavors dancing through, including a bit of a kick of cayennne.


500 g. Pork, cubed
200 g. black beans (soaked at least 6 hours)
1 large sweet potato, cubed
1/2 litre Orange Juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
approx. 250 ml water (or stock if you’re fancy)
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
Splash of olive oil
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
a few sprigs of cilantro

The main trick to this recipe is that the black beans and sweet potatoes must be cooked separately from the rest of the ingredients (they won’t go soft in orange juice).

In the main pot, sautee the onion and garlic in small amount of olive oil, and add the cayenne and cumin.  Add the cubed pork, orange juice, and water (don’t sautee the pork, add the liquid at the same time).  Bring to a boil and allow the mixture to simmer until the pork is soft.  It will be a funny color until the beans and sweet potato are added…don’t worry about it. Now add the black beans and sweet potatoes that have been cooked separately, and bring the whole mixture back to simmering for a bit.  Garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve with warm buttered flour tortillas.



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