Recipe by Chef John
"When the weather gets a little colder, this pork stew really hits the spot. Pork shoulder meat is braised in a creme fraiche sauce until amazingly tender and delicious. Serve on polenta with crisp sage leaves for garnish."
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bacon, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds
pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
yellow onion, diced
1 1/4 cups
chopped fresh sage leaves
red pepper flakes, or to taste
whole fresh sage leaves
Prepared it like the recipe said - even made it with the polenta. (Although I skipped frying the sage leaves.) I liked it with the polenta, my college age son skipped the polenta and just had the meat. My vegetarian hubby just ate the polenta. For once, something for everyone. Before making it, however, I had to research Crème Fraîche. Had no idea what is was. Midwest born and raised, I found out that it is a bit like sour cream but holds up better when cooking. It isn't stocked in my local grocery store, so I made my own by mixing one cup heavy whipping cream with one tablespoon yogurt (per one cooking discussion can also use buttermilk or even lemon juice). I then let it sit unrefrigerated for 24 hours. Since Chef John is a chef, maybe he gets his crème fraîche at a speciality store or supplier, but this worked for me. In researching it, apparently crème fraîche is not sold much in the states because (allegedly) laws requiring pasteurization of dairy products.
This is a good starter recipe, needs tweaking as it was too bland for me. I made it as written, but had some left over. With the other half, I added some white wine and thyme. Both were tender, but the second go-around was mush better because of the added seasoning.
I cooked this Pork Al latte today and Polenta. Indeed Chep John is true to his words.It is the most delicious pork stew I have ever cooked and eaten.I could not find fresh sage so I used dried sage from the Spice section of the supermarket here in Japan.I was afraid I would not find it and wondered what herb I could substitute.My family specially my son loved it and asked for the recipe.My husband is not really fond of cream but he had it with content.Thank you so much for this recipe and the most of his recipes that I have tried which are good as well.I have yet to rate them...Neri Kawashima, Kawasaki City, Japan
This recipe was amazing. We couldnt find creme fraiche or sage in our local grocery store so we used 1/4 Cup of cream and 2 tsp dried poultry seasoning and served with Chef Johns Polenta.
I made this tonight followed the recipe exactly. It was devoured! I did double the recipe because we had a 3 lb. pork roast. Hubby went crazy over it. Fresh sage is a must! I served it over mashed potatoes with a side of mixed vegetables and some crusty bread for sopping up the sauce. It's relatively easy to make, however, I did find I had to cook my pork over 2 hours to get it tender enough, so take that into consideration (I had a pork sirloin roast maybe that was why?) Next time I might increase the sauce 50% or maybe even double it, because it really needed just a little more sauce (I think hubby might have been a sauce hog haha). Even my picky toddler grandson inhaled it. Watch the salt though, it shouldn't need any additional salt because you add it to the meat before cooking and also to help sweat the onions and that's plenty - also use low sodium chicken broth! I would highly recommend watching his video first before you make it the first time. You will not be unhappy with this recipe. I would also advise sticking to the recipe exactly the first time because you will see it doesn't need any changes. It will definitely be one of our favorites from now on. I could not find creme fraiche so I made it. It does take 24 hours so if you can't find it make it the day before. Whip together 1 cup heavy cream 1 to 1 1/2 - tablespoons buttermilk. Let it sit 12 hrs. room temp lightly covered and then refrigerate 12 hrs. before using. (will keep for 10 days in the frige).
Absolutely fantastic!!! My first "chef john" recipe. I opted to double ssuce ingredients after reading reviews, glad I did. I was in search of a recipe to use up my pork shoulder that wasn't pulled pork- this was so good! The part that was the most involved was browning the pork as I did it in batches due to size of my Dutch oven. Used creme fraiche (got at trader joes). Served over homemade mashed potatoes. Amazing recipe! THANKS CHEF!
Absolutely delicious. My favourite pork stew recipe. Don't change a thing. I serve with the Chef John's polenta recipe also found on this site or on Foodwishes.com as well and make my own Creme Fraiche a couple days before also using Chef John's technique (pint whipping cream, 3 Tbsp Butermilk or plain active yogurt stir - 24 hrs lightly covered at room temp then 24 sealed in the fridge - viola Creme Fraiche) I love how Chef John's recipes rarely need any tweeking - perfect - every time. Try this and I doubt you'll regret it. While I go to the trouble to make my own creme fraiche I am sure sour cream would be just as lovely and in a pinch even plain whipping cream but it would lack that tiny tartness that the creme fraiche has ... still with all the other flavours and the fact that this is a stew I doubt it would be missed much)
THE BEST PORK STEW EVER. I used heavy cream instead of crème fresh (I couldn't find it at the store), and it still turned out delicious! Rave reviews from everyone at the potluck (I came home with NO leftovers), and my hubby asked me to make a batch for the house, after the potluck party. Definitely saved and pinned! Thanks Chef John!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Pork al Latte
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 512
** Calories from Fat: 416
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