Red cooked pork with chestnuts
• 500g/1lb belly of pork with skin
• 350g/12oz shelled and skinned fresh chestnuts
• 125ml/3tbsp soy sauce
• 10ml/2tsp sugar
• Two drops of cochineal or red food colouring
• 30ml/2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 50ml/2floz dry sherry
• Pre-heat oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas mark 3
Cut the pork into 25mm x 5mm/1 x 2inch pieces leaving the skin on. Mix the stock, soy sauce, sugar and food colouring together in a bowl.
Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish over a high heat. Add the pork and cook evenly on all sides for three to four minutes. Add the chestnuts and continue cooking and stirring for another three to four minutes. Pour in the stock mixture and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally stirring, cover the casserole dish with a tight fitting lid and cook in a pre-heated oven for one hour. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and add the sherry, stir, cover with the lid and return to the oven for 1 1/4 hours. Serve at the table with plain boiled rice and stir-fried spinach.
This very special sounding pork dish is quite rich and would be suitably accompanied by a not too heavy, medium bodied red, or by a fairly rich, full flavoured white. If you want to go for a red, then try Pomar, a medium bodied Dao made by DFJ, or a slightly softer Casa do Lago from the Ribatejo. These two wines are from the same producer and both very reasonably priced at around five euros. If you decide to drink a white wine with this dish, then a lightly oaked Chardonnay, Casal da Coelheira, would go well. Or alternatively, Portal’s Mural Branco – a full flavoured white from the Douro would complement the flavours in this dish brilliantly.
However, it is sometimes fun to try something a little different and as this dish has some sherry in it, why not accompany it with some more! A full flavoured Amontillado or a dry Oloroso would go very well with this. Unusual perhaps, but try it!
The WineMine Club is certainly worth joining – members can try wines before they buy they are only too pleased to help you choose wines. All the above wines are stocked at WineMine, give them a call on 282 441 036 and find out more.