Pork shoulder braised in red semi-sweet wine has a unique and non-traditional burgundy-lilac color that makes it particularly eye-catching. And the dish’s flavor won’t disappoint anyone; it’s rich and multi-dimensional. I recommend it for a romantic dinner or a small family meal.
Nutrition Facts for 100 g.
|Prep Time||12 hr.|
|Cooking Time||40 min.|
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- 500 g. pork meat
- 150 g. onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sweet peppers
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 500 ml. red semi-sweet wine
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Khmeli-suneli (a spice blend)
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Salt, to taste
How to Make Braised Pork Shoulder in Red Semi-Sweet Wine
Step 1: Marinate the Meat
Wash and dry the pork meat, then cut it into cubes, roughly 3×3 cm in size. Transfer it to a deep bowl. Pour in the wine and lemon juice over the meat. Add all the spices. Ideally, you would also include black ground pepper, but it’s optional. Let the meat marinate for 8-12 hours in the refrigerator.
Step 2: Prepare the Vegetables
Peel and thinly slice the onion. Peel and crush or finely chop the garlic. Remove the seeds from the sweet peppers and cut them into thin, non-chunky strips.
Step 3: Start Cooking Braised Pork Shoulder
Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Pour the wine from the marinating bowl into the skillet, leaving a little at the bottom of the bowl with the meat. Begin cooking with the skillet covered. This is more of a braising process than frying. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, and pepper to the skillet, and stir-fry them for 5 minutes over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue to braise for an additional 15 minutes.
Serving and Drink Paring
Garnish with herbs like parsley and dill before serving. You can also prepare a vegetable salad to accompany the dish. This recipe is still suitable for a not-too-strict keto diet despite the inclusion of sweet wine in the sauce.
For a side dish, you can make mashed potatoes or rice, but keep in mind that this will add some carbohydrates to your meal.
If you’re enjoying this dish for breakfast, it pairs well with a hot cup of aromatic coffee.
Q1: Can I substitute semi-sweet wine with dry or semi-dry wine in this recipe?
Q2: Yes, you can. It will result in a more traditional marinade for the meat. I’ve made similar marinades myself, and I personally liked them that way.
Q3: What other spices can I add?
You have complete freedom here. You can make the dish spicier or add your own favorite meat seasonings.
Can I replace pork shoulder with beef or chicken?
I’m not sure about chicken; it may not pair well with the marinade made from red semi-sweet wine. However, beef is a good substitute, but be prepared to braise it for about an hour and a half to make meat tender.
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