One-Pot Wonders

Pork Stew with Fennel, Orange, and Olives

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October  9, 2009
Author Notes

Combining two of my favorite foods-- olives and pork-- along with the complementary flavors of fennel and orange is the best of everything in my world. I often buy pork shoulder still on the bone; it's less expensive, and I can cut the meat to my liking and then add the bone to the stew, which adds more delicious porky flavor to the finished product. I also make sure to buy organic or pesticide-free oranges since I definitely don't want to be eating anything but pure, clean zest. —vvvanessa

Test Kitchen Notes

The pork turns soft and succulent, braising in this sauce of wine and chicken stock. The topping of fennel and orange zest offers a sweet citrus crunch to the mix. Serve with bread, better to sop up all the flavorful liquid. —AndreaLynn

  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder/butt cut into 1" cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium bulb of fennel, sliced and fronds reserved
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup large, green, mild, fruity olives like cerignola or castelvetrano
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Brown the cubes of meat, working in batches to keep meat in a single layer. Remove cubes to a plate as they are ready.
  2. Raise heat to medium-high. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Sauté carrot, onion, celery, and bay leaf until just tender, about 6 minutes, working to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add fennel and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add in wine, stock, meat, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 60-90 minutes or until meat is very tender.
  4. While stew cooks, zest the oranges with a fine zester, taking care not to include any of the white pith; set zest aside.
  5. Juice the oranges; add juice to the stew, stir, and leave it to continue cooking.
  6. Pit and halve the olives. Mince 6 whole olives and combine them with 2 tablespoons finely minced fennel fronds and half of the orange zest, approximately 1 teaspoon. Set the garnish aside.
  7. When stew is ready, turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf. Stir in olives and remaining orange zest. Adjust seasoning.
  8. Serve stew hot with a sprinkle of the fennel-orange-olive garnish.

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