Friday, September 30, 2011

Quit Your Stewing

I have been thinking of stew the last couple of was the day I did more than think on it. The weather is such that it is time to make some of the cooler weather dishes that we enjoy.

I very seldom use a real recipe, if I do, I always alter it by omitting or adding ingredients. This time there was no recipe period.

So from these few ingredients...

Cooke in my favorite pot, made of soapstone.

To this...a delicious stew.

Pork Stew

2 large boneless pork chops, cut into spoon sized chunks
1 medium white onion, diced
4 large mushrooms
3 carrots, cut in chunks
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 potatoes, cut into chunks
Thyme, to taste
Ground rosemary, to taste
1 container of Knorr's Homestyle chicken stock
Half a bottle of dry white wine
Water equal to the same amount of wine

Brown the pork well, add the mushrooms, celery and onions. Add the thyme, rosemary, stock, wine and water. Simmer for about 2 hours. Add the carrots and about 30 minutes before you plan to eat add the potatoes. Just before serving I thicken with flour and water.

Many years ago I learned that after you have cut the potatoes into whatever size you want them, add a little bit of vinegar to the water they are sitting in, it will keep the potatoes from becoming mushy when cooked.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

I will join Foodie Friday with Designs by Gollum and On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Marigene! I love pork stew...better than beef! Your recipe looks yummy! I scrolled down to catch up...too much Little League right now...and saw your Red Cliff tureen...lovely! I thikn it is one of my favorite pieces! So glad you found one...and such a great price! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Kathleen said...

I have never made stew with pork! I must try it. Is it better than spare ribs?
Didn't know that about the vinegar either!
Have a good weekend!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I had stew at a friend's home and loved it so much that I made some last week. I bought cut up stew meat and thought I was buying beef. Didn't realize until it began cooking that the color was off and then realized I had bought pork instead of beef. It was a happy surprise. Your stew sounds yummy and it is so comforting in the fall. Joni

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This looks so good. I love stew and I love pork so I will make this for wintertime! Still a little warm here in Georgia but we are getting there!
hugs, Linda

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Love the post title! Looks delicious, Marigene :) And leftovers can go in the FRIDGE, LOL! Pretty dishes, but I love that pot. Is the Knorr's new? Have to look for it.

Anita said...

That looks so good! I was just telling my husband it's that time of year for me to make stew! I always out it in the crock pot before church so we arrive home to a nice meal that is all ready.

Babs said...

Your pork stew looks yummy. I don't think I've ever made stew with pork before, except for Brunswick stew...which I love. I'm going to keep your recipe to try. Gotta go to the store for pork chops. Today's the first day it really felt like Fall and your stew would be perfect.
Happy weekend,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a great recipe -- I'm always lookiing for somethng new to do with pork chops!

Pam said...

I like your potato trick. My husband will love that because he hates my mushy potatoes.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Mmmm I am looking forward to fall cooking. I've never made a pork stew, so I am going to have to try your recipe. Thanks!

Miz Helen said...

Your Stew looks delicious and a great welcome for fall. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!
Miz Helen

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

I never made pork stew but it will definitely be in my recipe rotation. Thank you for the recipe and the lovely comments on my post. I really appreciate it.


GardenofDaisies said...

YUMMY! I love stew on cool evenings! I have never heard that vinegar trick before. I'll have to try it!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Stew with pork sounds great! And thanks for the potato tip, I'm going to try it:@)

Bunny Jean said...

I didn't know that tip about the vinegar in the potatoes!

I love the way the kitchen smells when making soup or stew. Warm and inviting. One really good reason for Fall!

xoxo Bunny Jean