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Winter Pork Stew

Move over, beef — pork shoulder is full of flavor and makes a terrific stew in its own right. This unique one-pot wonder gets a hint of sweetness from parsnips and sweet potatoes, while turnips and potatoes add a hearty, earthy dimension. This is definitely the stew to turn to when winter winds start to howl.

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Pork Shoulder

Often called pork butt, the shoulder is a perfect cut for braises and stews — these moist-heat cooking methods help break down tough fibers and connective tissues. To prevent an oily stew, trim off any visible pieces of fat before browning.

Instructions

Combine ½ cup flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in a resealable plastic bag. Add pork, toss to coat, then shake off excess. Brown half the meat in 1 Tbsp. oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat, 7–9 minutes; transfer to a plate. Brown remaining pork in remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and remove; reduce heat to medium.

Add onions, carrot, celery, garlic, and bay leaf to pot; sweat 5 minutes.

Deglaze pot with wine, simmer until nearly evaporated, then stir in broth and pork. Bring stew to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, 30 minutes.

Stir in sweet potatoes, russets, turnips, and parsnips; cover and cook 30 minutes more.

Combine butter and 2 Tbsp. flour and add to the stew; simmer 5 minutes to thicken. Discard bay leaf and season stew with salt and pepper.

For the best color, brown the meat in batches. A crowded pot will cause the meat to steam.

For the best color, brown the meat in batches. A crowded pot will cause the meat to steam.

To avoid overcooking the root vegetables, add them after the meat simmers for 30 minutes.

To avoid overcooking the root vegetables, add them after the meat simmers for 30 minutes.

Finish the stew with the butter-flour mixture. The flour will help thicken the sauce.

Finish the stew with the butter-flour mixture. The flour will help thicken the sauce.

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