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Lousy pork, nice soup

Will Owen | Dec 10, 201012:36 PM

I managed to surprise myself last night. I was cutting up one of those Costco boneless pork loins, and had two roasts and eight chops cut when I got to the small, kinda messy end - maybe a pound and a half of meat riddled with fat and membrane. Mrs. O was out with her gang for the evening and I really had only the vaguest idea of what I'd have for supper, so I took my sharp little 4" Sabatier and cleaned the meat, then cut the lean remnants into stew-sized chunks. H'mmm. Then I remembered some White Rose potatoes that needed using, ditto a smoked kielbasa from Schreiner's, and a can and a half of chicken broth left over from T-day.

Okay, so I put the meat into a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and three cloves of pressed garlic, stirring to coat. Let that sit while I cut any sprouts or bad spots from the potatoes - they were too thin-skinned to peel - and cut and sliced them into a bowl of water, then cut up a poblano pepper and half a large red onion. Turned on the oven to 350º. Cooked the onion and pepper in a four-quart enamel pot until the onion was transparent, took that out, then put in the meat and stirred it until it was just cooked (but not browned) on the surface. Put the onion and pepper back in, added about three cups of potato and the cut-up sausage, stirred that all over high heat and then poured in my broth and about a tablespoon of salt. When it boiled I put the lid on and set it in the oven. Took it out about 40 minutes later and made sure the potatoes were done, then took an experimental bite of that poor lean pork. It was delicious! I expected it to be edible, but this was actually worth eating!

Just for the hell of it I stirred in about a cup and a half of leftover cooked green beans, then ladled out a bowlful of the soup or stew or whatever, and poured a glass of Beaujolais Village (still 2/$10 at Ralphs!). Don't know what Mrs. O had for supper, but mine was damn good!

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