Pork Braised in White Wine

Inspired by the Nero Wolfe “Beef Braised in Red Wine, we made us a chunk of tasty pork. And then we set it on fire!

We hosted a few people over for Untraditional Thanksgiving Foods of which we provided the pork roast based on a Nero Wolfe recipe. The Nero Wolfe Beef Recipe looks quite a bit like this:

Our recipe went a little more like this:

5-6 Pound Pork Roast
2 cups red wine
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp mixed peppercorns
1 large onion, sliced
~1 cup sliced carrots
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL butter
3 TBL flour
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 cup cognac

Make a marinade with 1 1/2 cups wine, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, onion, carrots, celery, garlic and 1 bay leaf. Marinate meat for 24 hours, turning it occasionally.

Take meat out of marinade and drain it, reserving the marinade. Heat oil in large casserole or dutch oven and brown the meat on all sides. Remove meat and drain oil. Melt butter in pan, add flour and stir occasionally until flour turns brown. Stir in tomato paste, rosemary, other bay leaf, reserved marinade, and the rest of the wine. Bring the liquid to a boil and add the meat, spooning the liquid over it. Cover the casserole, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until the pork reads done on a meat thermometer.

When the meat is done, remove it to a warm platter. Heat the cognac and pour it over the meat, igniting the cognac with a match. Boil the liquid in the casserole quickly until it is reduced by about half. Skim off the fat and serve with the meat.

Production notes
1. Even though we switched out meats, this was still mighty fantastic. It was tender and delicious. Plus, you know…fire.

2. TheMan, who was the chef, said this was pretty labor intensive but in the end worth it. He’d light up another pork roast if the occasion called for it.

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