When my husband likes a dish of some kind, he really likes it. So when he said to me, “this is one of the best things you’ve ever made”, after taking a bite of this pork stew, I had to take a bow :) We love all things simple and delicious over here at Tackling Toast, and this recipe is just that! Tender, tangy, porky - this stew is heavenly when served alongside some buttery mashed potatoes. I accompanied mine with some funky lookin’ purple potatoes that we received in our CSA, but this pork and butternut squash stew is equally good all by its lonesome, or even served with a salad - if you’re into that kinda stuff.
This is the perfect cozy meal to share with friends and family, and could easily be multiplied to feed a crowd. Enjoy!
You’ll need: 1 lb. pork stew meat, cut into 1 in. cubes 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tbs olive oil 1/2 tbs bacon grease 1/2 large red onion, diced 3 baby bell peppers, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbs ketchup 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 1 tsp chicken base 2 c. hard apple cider 1 tbs red wine vinegar 2 c. cubed butternut squash (about 1 small butternut squash)
Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat and add olive oil and bacon grease. Season pork stew meat on all sides with kosher salt and pepper. Once pan is hot, brown (in batches if necessary) the meat on both sides. Remove from pot and set aside.
To the hot pan, add the onion and bell peppers. Stir and cook for three minutes, then add the garlic and cook for just about a minute more. Add ketchup, cinnamon, and salt. Let this cook for a couple more minutes to infuse the flavor. Then add the chicken base and the hard cider, whisking constantly to incorporate the chicken base and bring up any browned bits from the pan.
Return the browned pork to the pot and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, add the vinegar and butternut squash. Cover the pot and cook for about 20 minutes more, until squash is tender.
Serve hot with crusty bread, rice, or with mashed purple potatoes!