Pork and Apple Stew

Foodista Cookbook Entry

Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://www.eclecticcook.com/pork-and-apple-stew/

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


3 pounds pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 fennel bulb, diced
2 mediums onions, diced
1/2 small head of green cabbage, chopped
3 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 dry
Kosher salt


Heat the oil over medium high heat in a Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot.
Season the pork with salt and pepper.
Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, brown the pork pieces on all sides.
Remove the pork, reduce the head to medium, and add the fennel, onions and cabbage to the pot.
Sauté the veggies in the pork dripping for about 5 minutes.
Add the wine to deglaze, scraping up any brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
Cook for a few minutes more.
Return the pork pieces to the pot along with the apple cider, chicken broth, apples, bay leaves, rosemary and parsley.
Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove the rosemary, bay leaves, and parsley springs before serving.




If I were Dorothy and I just blew back home from my trip to Oz, I’d be wondering if I took a wrong turn on the yellow brick road and ended up in Michigan, not Kansas. It’s farkin’ cold in Wichita this fall. Combine the chilly weather with pubescent growth spurts in both of my girls over the summer, and I’m heading out to buy two entire wardrobes of new winter clothes a month early this year. I may have to consider selling a kidney to pay for it all. Alas, nudity is frowned upon in public schools, so I really do need to pony up the cash and restock the closets.
On the bright side, we are heading back to the kind of weather that gives me an excuse to cook the meals I love best. Soups, stews, roasts and other slow cooking oven dishes, food that fills the house with warm, comforting aromas that smell even better when sniffed with noses still cold from the weather outside.




Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 10:49am


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