Pork Shoulder

Title: Pork Shoulder

From: Amateur Gourmet


1 piece of pork shoulder, bone in, 3 1/2 pounds
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
5 large garlic cloves, skin left on and lightly crushed
2 carrots, unpeeled, diced
1 leek
1 3-inch piece celery, diced
7 sprigs thyme
2 small sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs parsley, plus extra, chopped, for serving
1 small bay leaf
4 juniper berries (optional)
1/2 cup red wine, plus a splash to finish

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Heat an enamel-lined Dutch oven or casserole over medium high heat until hot. Season the pork generously on all sides with salt and pepper. Lay the pork fat-side down in the casserole……and brown it well, adjusting the heat so it doesn’t scorch. Turn the pork with tongs and brown on all sides.

2. Remove the pork to a plate…[we let it get very brown, and I think we could even have let it get browner]……and pour off the fat from the casserole. Add the garlic, carrots, leek, celery, herbs and juniper berries. Saute over medium heat until vegetables are browned on the edges and soft. Pour in the wine and scrape up the pan drippings. Lay the pork on top of the vegetables and add enough water to cover just 1/3 of the pork (about 2 cups).
Cover the pan with heavy duty foil and then the lid and put it in the oven. Braise the pork until it is very tender and falling from the bone, about 2 1/2 hours, turning the meat every half-hour (keep it on top of the vegetables) basting it with the juices.

3. When the pork is done, let it sit for 20 minutes or so (or even better, serve it the next day), then slice (it will probably fall apart more than slice) and arrange on a platter. Strain the pan juices through a sieve into a saucepan, pressing on the solids to extract all the juices. Pour off the fat, add a splash of wine, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Heat to boiling……and pour over the pork. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Yield: 4 servings with leftovers.

Meanwhile, we sliced the blue fingerling potatoes vertically, put them on a cookie sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper, and some rosemary and put them in when there was an hour left on the pork. They weren’t brown enough, though, when the pork was done so we pumped the oven up to 450 and put them back in and they came out puffed, golden and beautiful.

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