PORTUGUESE PORK AND CHOURICO
2 lbs. lean Pork cut into 1″ cubes
3 1/2 ounces Chourico sliced thinly (most likely will be found in the ethnic section of your grocery store as Chorizo/spanish name)
1 1/2 C White Wine or Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Paprika or Pepper
2 tsp. Sea Salt
2 Garlic Cloves thinly sliced or 1 tsp. minced garlic
3 tsp. Olive Oil
-Marinate Pork with garlic, paprika and Sea Salt and refrigerate overnight (If not possible to refrigerate overnight, don’t sweat it, I have whipped this dish up with only 30 mins. and it is incredible!)
-In large saucepan, heat Olive Oil and add Pork and Chourico. Be prepared to have the most incredible smell take over your kitchen!
-Turn heat on high until pork is browned on all sides
-Add White Wine, turn heat to low and simmer until Sauce turns pink & you can no longer stand not to dip some crusty bread in this incredible smelling sauce! (Oh, did I leave crusty bread off the ingredients? Not a true ingredient but trust me on this one….you will want to have some around to dip)
Serve over Portuguese Style Rice
PORTUGUESE STYLE RICE
4 C Water
2 C Long Grain Rice
1 Onion, peeled
3 Chicken Bouillon
1/4 C Butter
-Bring Water to a Boil
-Add Chicken Bouillon, Onion and Rice
-Turn on low. Cover Pot and DO NOT Stir. I’m not kidding, don’t even look at it for approximately 1/2 hour.
-When water is absorbed and rice is fluffy, remove onion and stir in butter.
-Serve immediately. I promise, it will be the best rice you have ever had…..and so easy!
The first time I brought my boyfriend home from college, we walked in to this incredible aroma. After one bite of Pork and Chourico, Ron realized he was destined to marry a Portuguese Girl. He couldn’t get over how my Mother attentively waited on my Dad during dinner.
19 years and 4 children later, I think he has come to the realization that he has married the Portuguese Natzi! There is no waiting on the husband in our household. Although dinner time is still the core of our home! There is nothing more Special than sitting Around The Family Table with the ones that you love!
1. Make nice with you grocery store butcher. I call ahead and my local butcher will have the pork cubed for me before I get there
2. I allow for lots of substitutions because I am a big believer that you cook with what is in your pantry and in your fridge ( no wine, use chicken broth, etc.)
3. I make all my recipes serve 8 because although we are a family of 6, we love leftovers. I will use the leftover pork and chourico in a wrap for school lunches. Your kids will look forward to it!
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