Recipe for Braised Tuscan Pork Roast
3-3½ lbs. pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2 or 3 large pieces
1 14.5 oz. can Italian plum tomatoes, diced and undrained
1-2 cups chicken broth, preferably organic
2 cups dry red wine, such as Chianti
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
4 fresh rosemary sprigs
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp. whole fennel seeds, crushed
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Sea salt and black pepper
Tip: For best results, marinate the pork 1-3 days in advance. To save time, you can marinate the pork at room temperature for up to 2 hours before cooking.
1. Add wine, red onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, crushed fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes to a large glass, ceramic, or stainless steel bowl. Stir to combine.
2. Add pork chunks to the bowl and turn until each piece is coated with the marinade. Cover and place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
Turn pork occasionally while marinating to evenly distribute flavors.
3. To prepare, remove bowl from refrigerator and remove pork pieces from marinade. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
4. Separate the marinade liquid from the solids and reserve both, discarding the woody herb stems and bay leaves. Set aside.
Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
6. Add the solids from the marinade and cook until onions are soft and translucent, approximately 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently.
7. Add liquid from marinade to skillet and scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until liquid is reduced to approximately one third of its original volume.
8. Add tomatoes and 1 cup chicken broth and stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2 to 2½ hours, stirring every half hour or so.
Add more chicken broth, if needed, while cooking.
9. When pork can be pulled apart easily with a fork, remove from heat and let rest in warm juices for 10-15 minutes.
10. Serve the pork roast over a bed of creamy polenta and garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
Prep time: 15 minutes + time to marinate
Cook time: 2½-3 hours
Braising is a long slow cooking method that can transform relatively inexpensive cuts of meat, such as this pork shoulder, into a tender and flavorful meal your whole family will love.
Add this Braised Tuscan Pork Roast to your family meal plan and Enjoy!
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