Saturday, October 8, 2011

A hearty stew with green tomatoes

Mr Wonderful is really into stew these days. His favorite is a simple German boiled dinner. It is basically putting a bunch of root vegetables, a cabbage and some kind of cured meat such as sausage or ham boil down into a soup.

I think I need to give him a little variety. This is a recipe modified from a Chile Verde (Pork and Tomatillo stew). I have quite a bit of green tomatoes from my CSA, I need to use them soon. My stew here is not as spicy as I would like, again it has been adjusted for Mr. Wonderful. I used one 1 yellow agi crystal hot pepper, it has a sweet undertone and I also removed all the vein and seeds. If you like heat, you can leave the seeds in or follow the recipe and use 2 peppers instead.

This is a very simple dish, great for weekday dinner, you can put this together at night and turn on the crock-pot when you leave for work. With some of the newer crock pot, you can program to cook for certain amount time and it will turn over to "keep warm" when it is done. Dinner is ready when you get home. I am cooking this overnight in my "ole faithful" crock pot. It does not have a timer, I put it in low and I will be smelling the stew the whole night. 

Green Tomatoes and Pork Stew
2 lbs of center cut pork. Trimmed and cut into 2" cubes
2 cups diced green tomatoes, (about 8 medium tomatoes)
1 onion. Diced.
3 small green pepper. Remove the stem, seeds and vein. Cut into 1" pieces
2 small hot pepper. Seeds and veins removed. Finely chopped. I am using an Aji crystal pepper. 
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp fennel seeds.
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 cup cut sweet corn.
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Prepared all the vegetable.
In a large fry pan, heat a couple tbsp olive oil.
Add garlic, saute for a few mins
Add pork, season with salt and pepper.
Brown the meat
Transfer the meat to the crock pot
In a same pan, add a couple tbsp olive oil
Add onion, bell pepper and hot pepper, cook for 3-4 mins till the onion softened.
Add the tomatoes, let it cook for 5 mins.
Add thyme and fennel seeds
Cook over med low heat for about 5 mins till the vegetable a all caramelized.
Add the stock and bring the vegetable mix to boil. Check seasoning. Spoon the mixture over the meat in the crock pot.
Stir well and mix in the cup of corn. 
Cover, and cook over high for 4.5 hours or low for 6 hours.
I am making this quite mild, if you want, add a dash of Tobasco when it's ready

Great to serve with hot biscuits!

Serve 4


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