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White Wine-Braised Pork

A mixture of chopped parsley, minced garlic and lemon zest, known as gremolata, lends a sprightly finish to this tender slow-cooked pork. For a delicious accompaniment, serve our Summer Squash Gratin (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, about 4 lb., cut into 4 equal pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and each cut into 6 wedges
  • 3 celery stalks, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Directions:

Season the pork generously with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

In the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over high heat, warm the olive oil until just smoking. Add the pork and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Pour off the fat from the insert and return the pork to the insert.

Add the onions, fennel, celery, wine and broth to the insert and bring to a simmer. Transfer the insert to the slow-cooker base. Cover and cook on high according to the manufacturer's instructions until the pork is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork, about 4 hours.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the pork into 1-inch pieces.

In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, garlic and lemon zest. Divide the pork and vegetables among individual bowls, garnish with the parsley mixture and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.
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