Braising is the ultimate comfort food. This method takes a cheap, tough cut of pork and turns it into a magical stew. You wont believe how simple the spÃ¤tzle noodles are to make, they’re the perfect way to soak up the juices from the pork.
Yield: Dinner for 4-6 with leftovers
2 pounds pork shoulder roast, cut in half
splash vegetable oil
3 sliced onions
1 sliced and diced bacon
4 cut and cored apples
2 cups applesauce
few cups chicken broth
2 chopped carrots
1/2 bottle white wine
2 heaping spoonfuls grain mustard
2 or 3 bay leaves
pinch Salt and Pepper
1 cup milk
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
pinch ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons Butter
For the pork:
Place a large Dutch oven or stew pot over medium-high heat with enough oil to coat the bottom. Carefully add the pork roast to the hot oil and brown well on all sides. Be patient! This is the only opportunity you’ll have to add the rich flavours of browned meat to the dish before the liquids are added and lower the temperature. When the roast is evenly browned set it aside for a few minutes. Drain off the fat then add the bacon and onions. Cook, stirring frequently until the bacon and onions are nicely browned, about fifteen minutes.
Return the pork roast to the pot. Add the apples, applesauce, chicken broth, carrots, wine, mustard and bay leaves. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring the works to a simmer, place a tight fitting lid on the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer slowly until the meat is very tender, about two hours.
For the spÃ¤tzle:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a smooth elastic batter.
Using a rubber spatula carefully push the batter through the holes of a colander or the large holes of a box grater into the boiling water. The spÃ¤tzle will cook quickly; you’ll know when it’s done as the noodles will float! Scoop out with a slotted spoon and set aside. Continue in this manner until all of the batter has been cooked.
Heat the butter in a large non-stick frying pan until it begins to foam. Add the spÃ¤tzle in small batches, frying until golden brown.