Pork and Pumpkin Stew
Chock-full of tender pork and pumpkin and seasoned with a medley of fragrant spices, this warming stew is perfect for an autumn supper with friends.
- 2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. chicken demi-glace
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
- 3 Tbs. applesauce
- 9 oz. canned diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 lb. peeled and diced (3/4-inch dice) pumpkin or winter squash, such as kabocha
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
- 4 tsp. chicken stock concentrate mixed with 2 cups water, or 2 cups chicken stock
- Mashed potatoes for serving (see related recipe at left)
- Sautéed broccoli rabe for serving
Preheat an oven to 325°F.
Season the pork with salt and black pepper. In a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, demi-glace, tomato paste, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, applesauce, tomatoes with their juices, pumpkin, sage, stock and pork. Bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook until the pork is fork-tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Skim the fat off the sauce. Serve the stew over mashed potatoes and pass sautéed broccoli rabe alongside. Serves 6.