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Cabbage & prune stew with pan-fried pork chops & soft polenta (varza calita cu prune uscate)

Cabbage & prune stew with pan-fried pork chops & soft polenta (varza calita cu prune uscate)

Recipe by Irina Georgescu: "Towards the end of winter, we shred any leftover fermented cabbage into all sorts of soups and stews – the tanginess it adds is extremely delicious."

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Gluten free
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook35 mins
  • Total time40 mins
  • Plusresting

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 650g jar Bavarian-style Sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 KallØ Organic Vegetable Stock Cube
  • 25g tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 200g pitted prunes
  • 2 x 400g Essential Pork Chops
  • 30g unsalted butter

For the polenta

  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 150g fine polenta

To Serve

  • 25g walnuts chopped (optional)

Method

  1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large frying pan with a lid. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the sauerkraut until well coated in the oil, then fry for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Dissolve the stock cube in 750ml boiling water, stir in the tomato purée and paprika, then pour the mixture over the sauerkraut. Stir in the prunes until combined. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, then put on the lid and turn off the heat.

  2. Heat the remaining 3 tbsp oil in another large frying pan. Season the chops, then use tongs to stand them in the pan rind-down, one next to another, to render the fat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the rind is golden. Add ½ the butter; fry on a medium heat for 5 minutes more on one side. Turn them over, add the remaining butter and fry for another 2-3 minutes on the other side, until both sides are a deep golden colour, there is no pink meat remaining and the juices run clear. Transfer to a plate and rest, covered, for up to 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the polenta. In a large pan, bring 600ml water to the boil with the salt. Whisk in the polenta, reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until smooth and thick. Serve the polenta topped with the stew and pork chops, sprinkled with the walnuts, if liked.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

3,537kJ/ 846kcals

Fat

44g

Saturated Fat

11g

Carbohydrates

53g

Sugars

24g

Fibre

6.6g

Protein

56g

Salt

3.8g

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