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    Cataplana Portuguese Stew

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating
    • Cooking time: 2 hours
    • Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes, plus marinating 60 minutes 60 minutes 10 minutes

    Serves: 4 - 6


    • 300ml white wine
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 clove
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 500g fillet of pork, cut into 2.5cm cubes
    • 500g diced leg of pork
    • 100g lard
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp double concentrated tomato purée
    • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
    • 675g clams


    1. Mix the wine, garlic, paprika, clove, bay leaf and some seasoning. Add the pork, cover and leave for 2-4 hours (longer if possible).
    2. Drain the meat, reserving the marinade. Melt the lard in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the meat in batches, and fry until golden-brown. Return all the pork to the pan. Strain the marinade and add to the pan. Cover, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 1½ hours until the meat is very tender and the liquid reduced by half.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large casserole with a well-fitting lid (or a special cataplana dish). Add the onion and fry until soft, then stir in the tomato purée and parsley. Season. Cook for a minute then add the clams and, as soon as they open, add the cooked pork and its liquid. Adjust the seasoning, then cover the pot tightly (or lock the cataplana dish). Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take to the table and serve directly from the pot. The classic accompaniment is fried, diced potato.

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