Spicy pork and chilli-pepper goulash
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This hearty meal for a wintery summer's weekend in based on Jamie Oliver's recipe of the same name from his "Jamie at home" book - ISBN 0718152433. This is the book he dedicated to the Australian Wildlife expert, Steve Irwin [Crocodile Hunter].
This meal will easily stretch to 3 days meals for two and by varying the accompaniments, should stay interesting.
Follow-up: Not really that interesting after tasting it, in fact it was rather bland. I think it would benefit from adding at least 4 or 5 cloves of crushed garlic at the onion stage. The leftovers will be improved.
Do make sure you discard lots of the rendered fat or it will be swimming in saturated fat.
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- 2 kg boneless pork shoulder
- 2 large red onions, peeled and sliced finely
- 2 heaped tablespoons of smoked paprika powder
- 1 tablespoon of unsmoked paprika powder
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- Leaves pickled from a bunch of fresh marjoram or oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 6 sweet peppers (use various colours) - 3 deseeded and chopped, 3 roasted sweet peppers, deseeded and torn into chunks - keep the burnt bits!
- 5 fresh small green Indian chillies or to taste
- 1 x 400g tin of tomatoes, chopped
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Sour cream accompaniment
- Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F - gas 4), [fan oven 160° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
- If the pork shoulder has rind, slice it off and discard it.
- Score the fat side of the pork in a criss-cross pattern.
- Over a high heat, add a good glug of olive oil to an oven proof casserole dish and add a good grind of black pepper
- Sprinkle the fat with a good pinch of salt
- Lay the pork in the oil, skin side down and heat for about 12 minutes, moving it about every few minutes. Be careful, the fat can get very hot and it's easy to make it splash and spit.
- Turn the pork over and seal the meat side for about 3 minutes.
- Remove the pork from the dish and carefully discard about half (or more) of the rendered fat.
- Add the onions and caraway seeds together with another grind of pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes.
- Deglaze the casserole dish with the red wine vinegar and add the peppers, chillies and paprika powder.
- Add the meat back to the dish, fat-side up and jiggle it about so it settles in the dish.
- Add the tin of tomatoes and about 200 ml of boiling water which should be just enough to cover the meat.
- Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for about 3 hours 30 minutes by which time the meat should be falling apart, if it's not then cook it for a little longer.
Top the meat with a spoonful or two of the sour cream and add a pinch of smoked paprika for a final flourish.
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