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

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