At this time of year, I find joy in putting some great ingredients together and letting them braise slowly in the oven. This is inspired by a dish I had once in a London restaurant. When I returned from my trip, I worked on recreating my meal. Over the years I have tweaked the ingredients. I believe this version is actually better than the original! I attribute it to the final ingredient added in this last version the juniper berries, it adds a nice herbal under note to the favor of the stew. On the next cold wintry night fill your kitchen with the warmth and fragrance of this delicate stew.
From by the bay wishing you warm food memories!
Red Wine Braised Pork and Chestnut Stew
2 ½ lbs cubed pork loin
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bottle red wine
2 bay leaves
4 juniper berries
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
15 oz whole roasted chestnuts from jar
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour together flour with salt and pepper in bowl. Add pork cubes and coat well. In dutch oven heat both oil and butter, sauté pork cubes until browned on all sides. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Next add the red wine, bay leaves, juniper berries, sage and chestnuts. Bring to a boil, then turn off flame. Cover and place into the oven for 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with noodles, rice or steamed spinach.