Country Pork Ragout with Apples 'n' Thyme
It's a new year so a fresh taste is on the menu. Using Ontario Apples in this ragout adds new flavour to a traditional winter standby.
|Preparation Time:||30 minutes|
|Cooking Time:||1 hour, 20 minutes - Serves 8|
|2-1/2 lb (1.25 kg)||boneless pork, such as shoulder, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) cubes|
|1/4 cup (50 mL)||all-purpose flour|
|3 tbsp (45 mL)||vegetable oil|
|2||large Ontario Onions, coarsely chopped|
|3||garlic cloves, crushed|
|1 cup (250 mL)||sparkling Ontario Apple Cider|
|2 cups (500 mL)||chicken broth or bouillon|
|1 tsp (5 mL)||dried leaf thyme|
|1/2 tsp (2 mL)||dried rosemary|
|1/4 tsp (1 mL)||each ground sage, salt and cayenne pepper|
|4 to 6||small Ontario Carrots, peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces 2-inch (5 cm) long|
|4||medium Ontario Apples (e.g. Spy)|
|1||sweet green pepper|
Place about one-third of the pork in bowl or plastic bag; sprinkle with 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the flour. Toss or shake until evenly coated. In large deep saucepan, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; cook floured meat, turning often, until lightly browned. Remove to bowl or platter. Repeat with remaining meat, adding 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil if needed. Save any remaining flour.
Add onions and garlic to oil remaining in pan, adding another 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil if needed. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with any remaining flour; increase heat to medium and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add cider, stirring to remove any browned bits from pan bottom; cook, whisking frequently, for about 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in broth, thyme, rosemary, sage, salt and cayenne
Return pork and any accumulated juices to pan. Increase heat; cover and bring to boil.
Add carrots to boiling ragout. Decrease heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring often, for 30 minute.
Meanwhile, peel, core and slice, apples, into 1/3-inch (8 mm) wide wedges. Add to ragout and continue simmering, covered and stirring often, for 20 min. Seed and cut pepper into 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes. Add to ragout and continue simmering just until pork is fork-tender and apples are "al dente," about 5 more min.