Sauerkraut and Smoked Pork Stew
Bigos, or hunter's stew, is one of Poland's national dishes.
Yield: serves 8
- 1⁄4 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
- 1⁄4 lb. smoked bacon, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 oz. fatback, cut into 1⁄2" cubes
- 1⁄2 lb. boneless pork butt, cut into 1" pieces
- 1⁄2 lb. smoked kielbasa, cut into 1" pieces
- 1⁄3 lb. smoked pork shoulder, cut into 1" pieces
- 6 whole allspice
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 2 large yellow onions, chopped
- 6 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 4 lb. sauerkraut, roughly chopped; rinsed, if you like
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- 6 cups beef stock
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Put mushrooms and 1 1⁄2 cups water into a bowl; let soften for 1 hour. Drain and reserve water.
- Heat oven to 350°. Cook bacon and fatback in a large pot over medium heat until crisp, 8–10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Add pork butt, kielbasa, and pork shoulder and increase heat to medium-high; cook until browned, 12–14 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a plate. Add allspice, bay leaves, and onions; cook, scraping up browned bits, until softened, 8–10 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook until browned, 8–10 minutes. Add flour; cook for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauerkraut to pot. Cook for 12–14 minutes. Add mushroom water, bacon–pork mixture, wine, and stock; boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste; cover pot with foil and a lid. Braise in oven until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Divide stew between bowls and garnish with parsley.