This Portuguese stove top pork roast takes me back to the delicious meals cooked in my grandmother’s kitchen. I love recipes passed down from generation to generation.
When my parents immigrated to this country. I was left behind with my grandparents in Portugal. I have amazing memories of those two years and so many of them involve food and cooking in my Vo-Vo’s kitchen. My grandparents lived in a small village where everyone grew food, produced wine and our main dishes came from the animals that resided in our own yards. Those cute bunnies, chicken and messy pigs would soon become dinner.
My grandfather was a small winemaker and under the vines, potatoes were planted. Looking back, it was amazing how they knew how to use every inch of land to grow more products. I have no idea what the reasoning was but the potatoes that were grown under the vines were huge, or so I remember.
Twice a year, one of our friendly pigs was slaughtered. My grandparents manually cut each section of the pig and divided it up for future meals. When I tell you they used everything, I am not kidding. Even all the little bits and odds and ends were used to make sausage. You probably don’t need to know what the sausage casing was made out of, but I will tell you that I can still remember how delicious that sausage tasted.
My grandmother had a wood fired oven that had its own little one room home. It was mostly used for baking. She prepared most of our meals on a single burner gas stove in her kitchen. When I think back, I am still amazed at the complex meals she prepared with just one burner. The food was so fresh and made with so much love, it couldn’t be anything but absolutely delicious.
It really never occurred to me that this wasn’t normal for the rest of the world until I moved to the US and we lived in Newark, NJ. There wasn’t much grass, never mind live animals and fruit growing next to our apartment. From my Vo-Vo, I learned that fresh ingredients will always out shine complex dishes. And one will always be able to tell when a dish is made with love. It is not fancy appliances that make the dish, but the person behind that dish.
- 3 pound Pork Shoulder Butt Roast
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped very fine
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- fresh sea salt and ground pepper
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 6 russet potatoes, quartered
- 6 carrots, sliced into ½ inch slices
- 1⁄2 cup beef broth
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup vinho verde or dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons sliced scallions or leeks
- 3 bay leaves
- Rub the roast all over with thyme, sage and salt and pepper.
- Heat a heavy dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil oil to pan and brown the roast on all sides.
- Season with fresh ground sea salt and pepper.
- Add the onion, potatoes, carrots, beef broth, tomato paste, wine, leeks and bay leaves.
- Reduce the heat to medium low.
- Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
- Check on the meat occasionally and add a little more beef broth if necessary.
- The results will be a delicious roast, flavorful veggies in a robust gravy.
Happy Grandparents Day to all the wonderful grandparents who impact the lives of our children. I am blessed to have so many great memories with my grandparents and know their unconditional love made a difference in my life. My children are just as blessed to have Vo-Vo and Vo in their lives. They are amazing role models and love spending time around the family table with all of us.
The Sunday Supper Family is honored to be celebrating National Grandparents Day with some of our favorite food memories. You will love all these favorite dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
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