Tuesday, 17 January 2012

pork belly and chorizo stew



... this is pure heaven in a bowl... heady... hot... tender and deeply full of flavours well needed during these wintery days...

... I still have 3 large portions of the pork belly I received from my dear friend Zena back in November and I want to make sure that I do something special and different with each of them... I made a traditional thyme and salt rub, slow roast, with one portion on New Years Day but today i wanted something really, deeply luxurious... simply to satisfy me in a purely culinary way you understand...

my New Years Day slow roasted pork belly

.. I also have two pigs trotters and the lovely Shu Han from Mummy I Can Cook has advised me of what to do with them... although I'm not quite ready for that yet...


pork belly and chorizo stew
I was inspired by a recipe I found on the ever reliable BBC Good Food website which i've adapted a little to suit my tastes and what I had in the cupboard... apart from the chorizo, this stew was basically made from stuff I had in the house... which isn't half bad for a meal in mid January!

a pork belly portion - cut into large chunks, with the skin removed (perfect excuse to make crackling!)
1 large onion - chopped
2 garlic cloves - finely crushed
1 red chilli - finely chopped
2 medium chorizo sausages - cut into cubes
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
150ml red wine
400g tin of chickpeas

- heat little oil in an oven proof casserole and brown the pork belly in batches, then set-aside.

- gently saute the onions, garlic and chilli until the onion is soft, then add the chorizo and paprika and and saute for a further 5 minutes

- add the pork belly back into the pot and pour over the tomatoes, wine and enough water to just cover the pork, give it a good stir and place it in the oven, on 160C fan for at least 2 hours.

- after 1 and a half hours add the chickpeas and let it cook for the last 30 mins with the lid off

the house will smell divine as you eat and of course, enjoy!

32 comments:

  1. Definitely one to try for work day suppers. Chorizo always adds pizzazz doesn't it?!

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  2. My mouth is watering and I haven't even had my morning tea yet! I'll be thinking of this all day! Not a bad way to escape, especially when dealing with one naughty class!

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  3. It's a while since we've had pork belly in our house - we might have to try this at the weekend!

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  4. Sounds like the ultimate Comfort Food! I often make something a bit similar, but with beans instead of chickpeas - and I usually add a few Chipotle chillis, which add a very mild heat and a lovely smoky flavour. Do you ever use Chipotles, Dom? I think they are a real Wonder Ingredient, and these days I wouldn't want to be without them.

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  5. Oh Dom - I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I am in love!! Pork belly AND chorizo.. that's like heaven within a heaven!!

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  6. This is a very comforting dish Dom. You and the viking had a feast.

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  7. Oh god, this is exactly what I want to eat on this chilly day. Trying to wean myself off chorizo addiction - after reading this, it just got harder!

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  8. My all time fave meat is pork belly so this will be something I certainly cook and will also use my good old Le Creuset pot too xx

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  9. I'm assuming you had Spanish chorizo (pre-cooked)? It all sounds lovely.

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  10. Oh my giddy Aunt, Dom!
    Simply perfect for this time of year.
    I think my family would really enjoy this, as would I !

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  11. Now, there's a happy pot of warmth to spice up the kitchen! I love all the soups and stews and warm comfort food that are making their way around the Web this week!

    It's a real wintertime potluck!

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  12. Perfect winter fodder there! Looks proper rib sticking nosh too ;0)

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  13. gorgeous!! poor The Viking...this would be enough to drive anyone back to eating meat! yum yum

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  14. gosh that looks simply divine. heaven for a pig lover. pork belly is one of my all-time favourite cuts too, imo it has the right ration of fat to meat to skin ;)

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  15. I really want this now! Carnivore moment here but any food with two types of meat in has got to be good, right!?

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  16. This is heaven in a casserole dish for me Dom.....look out for my New Slow Sunday cooking post....this is JUST what I am looking for!
    Karen
    XX

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  17. pure heaven in a bowl, indeed Dom. You know how much I love pork belly and with chorizo... double deliciousness!! Looks fantastic and no doubt tastes even better.

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  18. just the way to deal with this chilly weather ..... internal central heating ...... waaaay better than ready brek!!!!!

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  19. Beautiful flavours...I can taste it now. Perfect hearty food for a chilly January night

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  20. ooh real comfort food there, lovely and warming on a cold day like today.

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  21. In almost 3 years, nobody has ever said 'fuck' on my blog. Thank you. Finally it has happened. Maybe I can now start saying it myself?

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  22. I love chorizo and it must give this dish a great flavour. Mmm...

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  23. I've had the loveliest time catching up on your blog. I don't care if it is January - and far past the traditional season - I think I will have to try making your mince pies.

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  24. Oh my gosh, I need some pork belly after seeing this! It looks incredibly delicious and great with the spiciness! Chorizo is like icing on the cake. Way to go!

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  25. I csn't believe I haven't had a go at inventing this, it's combined all my favourite things (well apart from Kimberley Girls Aloud & I wouldn't cook with her. I think she'd like a bag of chips) - Belly Pork, Chorizo, Chickpeas & Chilli.

    A masterwork!

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  26. Such a good thing to have in January. It looks so warming.

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  27. Must be so yummy - I love chorizo!

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  28. PS: I am asking all my lovely friends who have me and my blog listed on their sidebars or in their dashboards, that they need to change the url to http://lavenderandlovage.com now so you get all my latest posts and are up to date! I have just changed to Wordpress! Thanks! XXXX

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  29. Looks really fine. Pig with more pig! Have you tried confit-ing the belly of pork. I use duck fat, the same as for my duck. Then you wack it in the oven and roast it until you have a ultra crispy skin. Really good!

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  30. Dom, I am moving in to my new house tomorrow. I would like you to know that this will be the first thing that I cook when I am in it. Honestly, I want to hug this it's so perfect.

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  31. Holy moly, look at the state of that!! Absolutely starving now and it's not yet lunchtime...

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  32. Agh... I need this in my mouth! Pork belly will be purchased this weekend and this will be tried! Fabulous as always! x

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