Succulent braised pork

Succulent braised pork

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time210 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
900g pork shoulder, cut into 6 large chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsps olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
2 tbsps tomato puree
2 tbsps plain flour
240ml red wine
360ml beef stock
1 bunch parsley stems, tied with string
2 bay leaves
240ml water
1) Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

2) In a large Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and, working in batches, brown the meat on all sides until a golden crust forms. Transfer the pork to a plate.

3) To the pan add the onion, celery and carrot and sweat until softened, 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and sweat for another 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes to cook off the raw flavour and caramelise it. Sprinkle with the flour and cook another 2 minutes to cook off its raw flavour. Whisk in the wine and reduce it by half.

4) Return the pork to the Dutch oven, then stir in the beef stock, parsley stems and bay leaves. Add the water if liquid does not come up to the top of the pork. Do not cover the pork with liquid. Cover the pan and place it in the oven to braise until the meat is fork tender, about 3 hours. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.

Transfer to a serving platter and serve.

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