Peanut Pork Ragout

So I guess it’s no big secret that I my favorite TV show is Top Chef on Bravo. I have to date had 39 meals prepared by Top Chef contestants (probably more, being that some of them were collaborations), and each and every time I am amazed at how amazing the food is. Just last year, right around this time, Stephanie Izard participated in the Harlem Eat Up dinner series (a week of fun and food benefiting charities here in New York, created by Marcus Samuelsson). She competed and won in season 4, and was the first woman to have won the title, which makes her one of my favorites, and attending this dinner was a no-brainer. It turned out to be one of my favorite meals ever, and I promptly went and bought her cookbook Gather & Graze, so I can have more of her flavor any time. Of course I won’t be stingy, and share a few recipes like this amazing pork dish!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp, or 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 1 1/2 tbsp harissa
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • salt

In a dry medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, cook the pork, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not drain the fat.

Add the garlic and shallot and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in stock, cherry tomatoes, peanuts, tamarind, miso, harissa, tomato paste, and sugar. Add the lime juice and season with salt to taste.

Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes. The sauce should thicken significantly. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with white or brown rice.

Bon Appétit!

For more info on Gather & Graze click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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