Pork stew

Gin Lee

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Homemade pork stew/Gin Lee

Pork stew

If you enjoy the creaminess of thick gravy paired with potatoes, carrots, onions, and chunks of pork, you might just fall for my pork stew.

A couple of days ago, I prepared a pork shoulder roast in my crock-pot. If you haven't read that article, please do. For this recipe, I used part of that pork shoulder and I also saved the pork broth to use as an ingredient for the pork stew. That's right! Let nothing go to waste!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder roast cooked
  • 2 cups of pork broth
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4 carrots, chopped, or sliced peeled or unpeeled
  • 8-10 new potatoes, cut in bite-sized chunks; peeled or unpeeled (I left the skins on my potatoes)
  • 1⁄2 cup of country peppered gravy mix (I used my homemade gravy mix. You can find out how I make it by going back and reading my article where I went through the steps to prepare it.)
  • Water (about ½ cup needed to thin down the gravy. Plus, about 4 quarts of water to cook the vegetables in.)
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1-½ teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (to saute the onions and pork in)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of canola oil

Instructions:

To begin, if your pork shoulder isn't cut already, do so now. You'll want to chop it into bite-sized chunks. Set aside.

Prepare the onion, carrots, and potatoes by peeling and chopping them into manageable bite-sized pieces. For this recipe, I left the peels on my potatoes because they're packed with nutritional benefits. (B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium and fiber, etc..)

Add the potatoes and seasoning salt to four quarts of water. Cook over medium heat for about twenty minutes, then add the carrots and cook until they're fork tender. Drain the vegetable stock and reserve it for later use.

In a skillet, over medium-high heat, add the butter. Allow it to melt, add the diced onion. Cook until the onion is translucent. Then add the pork and other spices; stir well. (Since the pork has already been cooked, this step is just for browning the meat to add extra flavor to the pork stew.)

In a large dutch oven, over low heat, add the canola oil, then the dry peppered milk gravy mix; stir well. Next, add the reserved pork broth and stir continuously. Add water if needed, or use the vegetable stock to thin the gravy to your preferred consistency.

Once the gravy has thickened, add the onion and meat mixture; stir well. Then add the carrots and potatoes and stir. Cover and cook on a low simmer for fifteen minutes. Stir as needed. Taste and add extra pepper and seasoning salt if needed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at The Institute Of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town, in Arkansas, with her husband, their fur babies, Highway, Princess, Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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