Pork & Butternut Squash Stew
As with everything, use the best ingredients you can find…it will make all the difference in the flavor of your finished dish!
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
- 2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. chicken demi-glace
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
- 3 Tbs. applesauce
- 9 oz. canned diced tomatoes with juices (San Marzano or Pomi)
- 1 lb. peeled and diced (3/4-inch dice) butternut squash
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh sage, plus leaves for garnish
- 4 tsp. chicken stock concentrate mixed with 2 cups water, or 2 cups chicken stock (use the best quality you can find)
- Preheat an oven to 325°F.
- Season the pork with salt and black pepper. In a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil.
- Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
- Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add the garlic, ginger, demi-glace, tomato paste, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the vinegar, applesauce, tomatoes with their juices, sage, stock and pork.
- Bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot and transfer the pot to the oven and cook until the 1 hour.
- Remove pot from oven, add cubed squash and cook for an additional 1-1/2 hours until pork and squash are fork tender.
- Skim any excess fat off the sauce, adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Serve the stew over mashed potatoes and garnish with parsley or sage leaves.
Adapted From | William Sonoma