When the weather gets cold try batch cooking bean stews to keep the hunger pangs at bay, like this recipe for pork with bacon, paprika and butter beans.
Good for lunch, dinner or as leftovers, there’s nothing as comforting as a large pot of homemade stew. So why not venture outside the traditional Irish stew and opt for this recipe for pork with bacon, paprika and butter beans by Bord Bia?
You will need:
- 600g pork shoulder, well trimmed and diced into 2cm pieces
- 100g bacon, diced
- 2 tablesp. rapeseed or olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 1 red chilli, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablesp. smoked paprika
- 1 teasp. ground cumin
- 200ml water
- 75ml white wine
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 400g tin butter beans, rinsed and drained
- 2-3 tablesp. chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teasp. runny honey
- Set the oven to Gas Mark 3, 160°C (325°F).
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Brown the pork pieces in batches. Remove the meat to an ovenproof casserole dish. Add the bacon to the frying pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Add it to the casserole dish with the pork.
- Add the onion and chilli to the same frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic, smoked paprika and cumin. Stir and cook for another minute. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Then add the wine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the chopped tomatoes and the water and bring back to simmer. Season with a little salt and black pepper. Transfer to the casserole dish, cover with a lid or tinfoil. Place in the oven and cook for about 1½ hours or until the meat is tender. Keep an eye on it and add a little more water if the sauce becomes too dry. For the last ten minutes stir through the butter beans.
- Just before serving stir in the honey, season to taste and sprinkle over the parsley.
Serve with mashed potatoes and tender stem broccoli or sautéed pak choi.