Spicy Braised Pork

READY IN: 2hrs




  • Trim the pork roast of fat and gristle, and cut it into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Put the meat chunks in a bowl, toss with the tablespoon of coarse salt, and pour in enough wine to cover.
  • Let the meat marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight, refrigerated.
  • Drain the pork chunks and pat them dry on paper towels; season them all over with 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Film the pan (large high-sided saute pan) with olive oil, and set over med-high heat.
  • Scatter the pork pieces, and let them brown for a couple of minutes, without moving, then turn them to caramelize another side.
  • Now drop the garlic cloves into hot spots in the pan; sprinkle the red pepper flakes and ground fennel over all the chunks.
  • Keep turning the chunks and the garlic, so the spices toast and coat the meat as it browns.
  • When the meat is nicely colored and crusted on all sides, in about 6 minutes, pour a cup or so of hot stock into the pan, to a depth of at least 1/4 inch.
  • Bring it to a boil, scraping and deglazing the pan bottom, then cover the pan, and adjust the heat to keep the liquid simmering steadily.
  • Cook the pork covered for about an hour, turning the chunks in the sauce and stirring things around every 15-20 minutes.
  • Add hot stock as needed to keep the liquid level up.
  • After 45 minutes, scatter the olives, and stir them into the sauce (with more stock if necessary).
  • Cook meat and olives together for about 15 minutes, covered, until the pork chunks are tender all the way through--they'll be firm but readily pierced with a fork.
  • Uncover pan and cook stew for a few more minutes over medium heat, until the sauce thickens and coats the pork chunks, with no soupiness in the pan; serve hot.
  • Recommended to serve with braised swiss chard and cannellini beans or polenta.