As the holidays approaches fast, I think of something different, spicy yet unique to prepare at home. So I came across this Pork meat meal and I begin salivating. Oh how I’ve missed the sweetness of this meat dearly.
One thing I have closely observed online is that majority of those that talk about pork are from Jamaica and I think Jamaicans love for pork meat is expressed in the way they add pork to most of their meals, and the most popular way they have it is in stewed form.
Jamaican style pork stew is different from the European or American version. While the American pork stew has lots of vegetables, the Jamaicans love sugar browning for baking in their pork meat.
See how to prepare a simple, hearty pork stew
This stew recipe can turn a boring day into a special one. A spicy, hearty stew with pork can be enjoyed with rice. Try this recipe;
For the stew:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 pounds pork shoulder, well-marbled, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika (Tatashe)
- 2 cups diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- 2 cups homemade chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 teaspoon thyme
Heat the oven to 350. Put 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium oven and set over medium-high heat. When the oil just starts to smoke, season half the pork well with salt and add it to the oven. Remove the pork to a plate with a slotted spoon and repeat with the rest of the meat, adding more oil if necessary.
When the pork is browned, turn the heat to low and add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant. Stir in the , tomato paste and paprika and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, stock, thyme and 1 teaspoon of salt, as well as the browned pork and any accumulated juices. Stir well and bring the stew to a boil over medium-high heat. Ready to serve with Rice.
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