Spanish-influenced chilli with collard-wrapped pork, chorizo and sweet and smoky paprikas

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time180 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
4 large leaves collard greens
1 (1.25kg) pork shoulder, cut into 4cm to 5cm cubes
Extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to saute vegetables
2 tbsp Spanish paprika
1 tbsp pimenton smoky paprika, plus 1 tbsp
1 tbsp liquid smoke
Salt and black pepper
Unsalted butter
5 to 6 cloves garlic, diced finely
75g to 110g finely diced Spanish chorizo sausage
2 onions, diced
Piquillo peppers or 1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp saffron
1 tbsp crushed oregano
2 small cans diced green chillies
1 (800g) can diced tomatoes
480ml chicken stock
1 tbsp finely chopped thyme leaves
150g cooked cranberry beans or other favourite beans
2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
Grated cheese for garnish
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Lay 2 sheets of heavy duty foil each 60cm long down in a cross pattern then lay the collard greens on the foil in the cross pattern.

2) Douse the pork with olive oil to coat then add the Spanish paprika, 1 tbsp of the pimenton paprika, the liquid smoke, and salt and pepper. Place the pork in a mound over the collards then pull the leaves over the top of the pork and wrap the package securely.

3) Place the package on a sheet pan and put into the oven. Bake for 2 1/2 hours then remove from oven and open the package to allow steam to escape and reserve.

4) Heat more oil and the butter in a medium ovenproof skillet over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute then add the chorizo and onion. Cook until softened, 7 to 10 minutes.

5) Add the piquillo peppers, sweet paprika, remaining 1 tbsp of smoky paprika, the saffron and oregano, and cook for 1 minute. Then add the green chillies, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.

6) Add the thyme and beans and cook 5 more minutes. Add the cooked pork with the broth from the foil pack and cook 5 more minutes. Turn off the heat and add the chopped parsley. Serve with grated cheese.

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