Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

December 7, 2013

Pork Stew

Filed under: At home,Food,Normal Life — Janice @ 11:34 pm

I made a pot of pork stew today to keep us warm while the temperatures stay in the 20s and 30s until tomorrow. And it turned out good! I have experimented with pork stew several times and have never been really happy. The Roaring Fork restaurant serves the most tremendous pork stew in the the world. I crave it. I want to get some right now, even though I am stuffed on my pork stew and gingerbread at the moment.

Of course, part of the reason their pork stew is so fabulous is that it comes in a little iron cauldron and is covered in cheese and there are toasty warm steamed flour tortillas along side it and, usually, at least when I go for happy hour, there is a beautiful glass of wine, too.

But I bought some cubed pork at the store the other day, the kind I usually don’t find and I have to cube it myself, so I thought I would try it again. I found a recipe online that is supposedly THE recipe from the Roaring Fork. Well, of course it has ingredients in it that I don’t have. Coriander powder, jalapeno powder, and green chile powder. I didn’t even have the garlic it called for (except now I realize I had plenty in a jar and I didn’t think of it).

All this recipe really was was green chiles, onion, and pork, and some cumin (I did own cumin!). The recipe didn’t call for browning the pork in the skillet, but I did that – dredging them in flour and spices, browning them in oil, and then putting them in the crockpot. I used 4 little cans of mild chiles and one huge onion. As it was cooking, it did NOT look that good. Oh, there was about a cup of water in there, too. It just looked like soup with bits of meat floating in it. But somewhere a few hours in, it changed and looked even worse. Now it was just one solid dark mass. But what a delicious mass it was! Surprisingly, it was very close to the Roaring Fork’s taste. I served mine with a dollop of sour cream to give it that creamy texture. Mark didn’t have sour cream and he liked it, too. And I didn’t have the tortillas and I didn’t have the cauldrons and I didn’t top it with cheese. But it was delicious, warming, and worth trying again.

No picture, sadly. It would have taken a good photo stager to make a bowl of it look appetizing, I think, but it really was. Yum. 

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