Braised Pork Shoulder with Parmesan Polenta and Currant Gremolata



Braised Pork Shoulder with Parmesan Polenta and Currant Gremolata

Recipe Courtesy of St. Supéry Estate Chef
Serves 4-6





BRAISED PORK

 

INGREDIENTS

4 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 8 half pound chunks
4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups red wine (preferably Merlot)
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
3 cloves garlic
3 large sage leaves
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig thyme
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 300°F. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sear pork on all sides and transfer to a deep roasting pan or Dutch oven. Add liquids, garlic and herbs. Cover tightly and braise in the oven for 2-2 ½ hours until pork is very tender. Strain braising liquid into a medium sauce pot and reduce until thickened. Finish with butter and cream if desired. Spoon over pork and polenta.



POLENTA

 

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups coarse grain polenta
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
6 ounces grated parmesan
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

While the pork is braising, bring stock to a boil in a medium sauce pot. Whisk in polenta and turn heat down to low. Cover and cook, whisking occasionally, for about 45 minutes. Finish with butter, cream, and parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper.





GREMOLATA

 

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
6 tablespoons dried currants
Juice of half an orange
Juice of half a lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients and spoon over pork just before serving.





Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot

Merlot is a wonderful wine for pairing, given its mellow, versatile character. One of my favorite pairings with Merlot is pork. Braised Pork Shoulder with Parmesan Polenta and Currant Gremolata is a great partner to the smooth Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot as well as a satisfying plate of comfort food on a cool autumn night.





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