|From Jamie @ Home, The Food Network
The idea of cooking a tough piece of pork in a lovely pepper stew to make it
extremely tender and melt-in-your-mouth is something I find quite exciting. This dish
in particular is one of my favorites and, unless you've got a strange aversion to chiles
and peppers, I know you'll end up making it again and again. It's a complete classic. It's
also one of those dishes which tastes great when reheated the day after it's been
made. You've got a whole range of chili and pepper flavors going on; from smoked
paprika to fresh chiles, and fresh peppers to sweet grilled and peeled ones. Delish!
4 1/4 pounds pork shoulder off the bone, in 1 piece, skin off, fat left on
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 red onions, peeled and finely sliced
2 fresh red chiles, seeded and finely chopped
2 generous heaping tablespoons mild smoked paprika, plus a little extra for serving
2 teaspoons ground caraway seeds
Small bunch fresh marjoram or oregano, leaves picked
5 bell peppers (use a mixture of colors), sliced
1 (10-ounce) jar grilled peppers, drained, peeled and chopped
1 (14-ounce) can good quality plum tomatoes
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
14 ounces basmati or long-grain rice, washed
2/3 cup sour cream
1 lemon, zested
Small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Get yourself a deep, ovenproof stew pot with a lid and heat it on the stove. Score
the fat on the pork in a criss-cross pattern all the way through to the meat, then
season generously with salt and pepper. Pour a good glug of olive oil into the pot
and add the pork, fat side down. Cook for about 15 minutes on a medium heat, to
render out the fat, then remove the pork from the pot and put it to 1 side.
Add the onions, chili, paprika, caraway seeds, marjoram or oregano and a good pinch
of salt and pepper to the pot. Turn the heat down and gently cook the onions for
10 minutes, then add the sliced peppers, the grilled peppers and the tomatoes. Put
the pork back into the pot, give everything a little shake, then pour in enough water to
just cover the meat. Add the vinegar - this will give it a nice little twang. Bring to the
boil, put the lid on top, then place in the preheated oven for 3 hours.
You'll know when the meat is cooked as it will be tender and sticky, and it will break up
easily when pulled apart with 2 forks. If it's not quite there yet, put the pot back into
the oven and just be patient for a little longer!
When the meat is nearly ready, cook the rice in salted, boiling water for 10 minutes
until it's just undercooked, then drain in a colander, reserving some of the cooking
water and pouring it back into the pan. Place the colander over the pan on a low heat
and put a lid on. Leave to steam dry and cook through for 10 minutes - this will make
the rice lovely and fluffy.
Stir the sour cream, lemon zest and most of the parsley together in a little bowl.
When the meat is done, take the pot out of the oven and taste the goulash. You're
after a balance of sweetness from the peppers and spiciness from the caraway seeds.
Tear or break the meat up and serve the goulash in a big dish or bowl, with steaming
rice and your flavored sour cream. Sprinkle with the rest of the chopped parsley and