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Braised Pork with Tomatillos Recipe

Braised Pork with Tomatillos Recipe

A pork braise is a sure way to make people’s mouths water. The tomatillos in this dish offer a subtle hint of openness and lightness to the meat. For ultimate flavor, make the dish one day ahead and reheat. —La Boucherie, Matthew Lawrence, Vashon, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 3 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 15 tomatillos, husks removed, and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • POLENTA:
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

Directions

  • 1. In a dry small skillet over medium heat, toast coriander and cumin seeds until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle; set aside.
  • 2. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in oil on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add tomatillos and onion to the pan; saute until tomatillos are tender and lightly charred. Add the garlic and crushed spices; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 3. Add wine stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in broth and return roast to pan. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 350° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until pork is tender.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon for 15-20 minutes or until polenta is thickened and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the pan. Serve with pork. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked pork with 1/2 cup cooked polenta equals 516 calories, 25 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 124 mg cholesterol, 2,139 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 42 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.