- 85g sundried tomato in oil, roughly chopped, plus 2-3 tbsp oil from the jar
- 1kg pork shoulder, cut into chunky cubes
- 2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned
- 400g shallot (see tip, below)
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- 1 onion, thinly sliced
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- 3 bay leaf
- few thyme sprigs
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- 5 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 400ml red wine
- strip of zest and juice from 1 orange
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- 350ml chicken stock
- 400g can chopped plum tomato
- 800g large new potato, peeled & halved or cut into fat slices, depending on size
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- 70g pack dry black olive
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Heat 1 tbsp of the sundried tomato oil in a large, flameproof casserole dish. Toss the pork in the flour, tap off any excess, then brown it in 2 batches, transferring to a large bowl once golden and crusted. Use a splash more oil for the second batch if needed.
Tip 1 tbsp oil, shallots, onion, bay leaves and thyme into the pan and fry for 5 mins until golden here and there. Stir in the garlic and sundried tomatoes, cook for 1 min more, then tip onto the pork.
Splash the wine and orange juice into the dish, add the orange zest and boil hard for 5 mins. Add the meat and onions back in.
When ready to cook, heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Stir the stock, canned tomatoes, potatoes and olives into the casserole, then bring to a simmer. Prod the potatoes as far under the surface of the liquid as you can. Cover, leaving a slight gap to one side, then cook in the oven for 2½ hrs, or until the meat is tender enough to cut with a spoon. Spoon away any excess fat and let the stew rest for a few mins before ladling into shallow bowls.
This one-pot is great for cooking a day ahead. The excess fat will be easy to lift away once cold, and the flavours will be even more intense once warmed very gently to a simmer. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen it a little.
Soaking your shallots
Soaking your shallots in just-boiled water for 5 minutes before peeling makes the job a lot easier. Once soaked, trim away the root end and peel from the bottom.