Thursday, April 9, 2015

Braised Pork in Champagne Vinegar

TOTAL TIME: 4 hours 45 minutes SERVINGS: 6
1           3-1/2-pound fresh picnic pork shoulder with skin
3          garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4      cup extra-virgin olive oil
2         cups thinly sliced shallots
1         teaspoon ground cumin
1         teaspoon ground coriander
1         teaspoon powdered mustard
3/4      cup Champagne vinegar
2         cups dry sparkling wine
2         cups chicken stock
2         large sage sprigs
1         pound red grapes, stemmed
2         tablespoons unsalted butter
2         tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2         tablespoons snipped chives

1 .   Preheat the oven to 300°. Using a sharp knife, score the pork skin in a crosshatch pattern. Make deep slits all over the pork and insert a slice of garlic into each slit. Season the pork with salt and pepper.
2 .   In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the pork and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 12 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate.
3 .   Add the shallots to the casserole and cook over low heat, stirring, until lightly browned, 5 minutes. Stir in the cumin, coriander and mustard. Add the vinegar and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the casserole. Add the wine, stock and sage and bring to a boil. Return the pork and any accumulated juices to the casserole. Cover and braise in the oven for 3 hours, or until the pork is very tender.
4 .   Carefully transfer the pork to a platter and cover with foil. Set the casserole over high heat and boil the braising liquid until it is slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the grapes and boil until they just begin to soften, 8 minutes. Remove the casserole from the heat and whisk in the butter, parsley and chives. Slice the pork and serve with the vinegar sauce.
Make Ahead The pork can be refrigerated in its braising liquid, sliced or unsliced, for up to 2 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Suggested Pairing

To drink with this dish, consider a good rosé Champagne.


  1. Dear Nee, I hope your Easter was beautiful.
    I apologize for being tardy on my visits. My brother took very ill last week and my world is upside down.
    Please keep him in your prayers.
    xoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine , Happy Easter . No need to apologize my friend and your brother is in our prayers . Lost of love dear .... Nee ;-)

  2. Yummy! That is a serious meal.. I would love at least a little slice of that pork.. yumm..

  3. Looks scrumptious! :) Wonderful recipe for parties.

  4. Hi Nee!
    I had a bit of time tonight so I've been trying to get some visits in:) Looks like I picked the perfect time to "pop" by! Your Briased Pork looks outstanding!!! any leftovers, lol...

    Marion and I are trudging along just fine. I probably won't be back to blogging for a while but please know you are in my thoughts.

    I see Catherine stopped by. I heard about her borther also and have been keeping her family in our prayers. I know you have a prayer group. Please add Pam from Sidewalk Shoes to your prayers too. I was just over at her blog and her mom is having complications from open heart surgery. Marion and I will be praying for her also...

    Hope all is well in your corner of the world, Nee. Tell the kids the snow has finally melted and we are getting into Spring a little each day. And yes, snow balls are still in the freezer!!!

    1. Hi Louise,
      So glad you 'pop' in , nice to know things are going well with you .no leftovers sweetie ,

      I am so glad o hear you and Marion is getting along fine and remember he old saying there is always a silver lining behind a stormy cloud .
      I stopped by Catherine to let her know I put her , Tammy , Michael and her dear brother on our prayer list and to keep the faith for our father lives and any and everything is possible with him .

      I will hop over to Pam to let her know we are praying for her mother and she will also be on our prayer list .

      Louise , you take all the time you need , some time you have to take a break and look at things . All is well in my corner of the world , we are getting rain like you got the snow . Tell Marion I like each time I watch her birthday gif , the lady kicking up her heels is her Hahahaha !!! I am so bad .
      Take care my dear friend and I will keep in touch with you to put a smile on your face .
      (((HUGS))) to you and Marion ... "Iggy" too .
      The kids sends hugs and kisses your way and Baby Boy sends you a wink . :)

  5. I have no words- this looks ridiculously mouthwatering!!!

  6. Pork takes so well to braising, doesn't it? This looks exceptional -- you've packed so much flavor into this dish! I hope you saved some leftovers for me! :-) Really nice -- thanks.

    1. I John ,
      love pork . Easter dinner was just terrific also had the pork roast cooked with spring vegetables . Thanks for stopping by :)


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