Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pork and Mushroom Stew



I'm in the best mood right now, wanna know why? Because as I sit here and type, two angels from heaven, I mean, maintenance men are fixing my oven!!! Sure, I have to sit and listen to a certain cheating wife, and a son that refuses to potty train, but hey, they could talk about world domination for all I care, at least I'll have an oven! Now my head is reeeeling with all of the delicious baked possibilities. No doubt I'll be leaving the grocery store today with a cart full of flour and sugar. It's a good day indeed!


Now onto something just as fantastic, this stew is another one of those dishes that goes straight into the top ten list of things I've ever made. When you think of a hearty stew with pork and mushrooms, the last adjective you'd probably think to describe it would be sexy, but let me tell you, this is one sexy stew! It's rich, earthy, full of soul and enticement. It's velvety on the tongue and will warm your whole body. Oh yes, this is a stew that will seduce you, and hopefully again and again.

Serve this over mashed potatoes, put on some Marvin Gaye, and thank me later.


Pork and Mushroom Stew
By Cuisine at Home October 2010

Ingredients

1 TB olive oil
1 TB unsalted butter
1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
8 oz cremini mushrooms quartered
1/2 sliced leeks or shallots
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 TB all purpose flour
1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 TB minced fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
diced Granny Smith Apple

Directions

1. Heat oil and butter in a saute pan over medium-high. Add pork and saute until brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove pork to a plate; set aside.

2. Sweat mushrooms, leeks and carrot in same pan over medium heat until softened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.

3. Deglaze pan with sherry, scraping up any bits on bottom of pan, and reduce until evaporated. Stir in cider and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add pork with residual juices and 1 TB thyme. Simmer stew until thickened, 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve over mashed potatoes, garnish with diced apples and a sprig of thyme.

24 comments:

girlichef said...

How's about I just thank you in advance! Yum, this sounds awesome :D ...and now I must go put on some Marvin Gaye...

Ann said...

I love pork tenderloin. A stew made with it is genius. And the granny smith apple is perfection!

Liz said...

Glad you oven is getting fixed! The stew looks great... especially in those bowls!

Erica said...

ahhhhh! I'm so excited that your oven is getting fixed! I hope you spend tonight baking it up! The stew looks awesome. And I LOVE the idea of putting it over potatoes. Fantastic

Ingrid said...

LOL, got it!
~ingrid

sara cardon said...

YUM!!! This stew sounds absolutely fantastic-- especially over mashed potatoes. How can you go wrong?? I'm thrilled about your oven for you!:)

Lara said...

Yay for your oven getting fixed! May you enjoy a long day of holiday baking very soon!

Reeni said...

Yay! So glad your stove is getting fixed! And the stew sounds incredible! I love me a sexy stew.

Mary said...

Oh, this does sound good. I love pork and always can use another recipe for it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jennifurla said...

Oh dear what a gorgeous tasty savory thing you have here. I am loving the pictures.

Barbara Bakes said...

A top ten, sexy stew sounds like a must try! So glad you're oven is fixed!

theUngourmet said...

This is one sexy stew alright! Hurray! So glad your oven will be up and running once again! :)

Kim said...

So glad to hear your oven is up and running. I bet you're busy catching up on your baking.
This stew looks beautiful. I'm a firm believer in sexy food and this does look sexy.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This recipe is awesome!!!!






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The Blonde Duck said...

I'm glad it's fixed!

Pam said...

Yeah for a working oven!

I've made this stew... we really loved it.

Krista said...

This does sound amazing...especially with Marvin Gaye playing in the background. lol. I bet it was SO good!

Julie said...

I'm sure Marvin would have approved. Maybe even written a song about it!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

lol that's hilarious that the maintenance men talk to you about his cheating wife...Having a broken oven is no fun. I'm glad it's fixed! :-)

Brownieville Girl said...

Delighted to hear about the return of the oven!!

I had ordered a new oven to be delivered before Christmas, and got a call yesterday to say it won't be here in time - very glum!!

Joanne said...

Stew definitely does it for me this time of year. No marvin gaye needed.

WOOHOO about your oven! Let me know how those grasshopper bars turn out!

Natalie said...

mm I have a new appreciation for stew...last night we had a venison stew with lots of veggies. I'll have to try this version!

Chris said...

you must be ecstatic about the oven!

The pork stew looks fabulous, just the ticket for dreary winter days because it is so colorful.

Val said...

You had me at pork.....this is calling my name. YUM