Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sweet Onion Pork Stew- l'Escadaoun- a Gascon specialty



My favorite French ‘pulled pork’ is called l'estouffade or l'escaoudoun in the Gascon patois. Tasted in a hideaway of a cafe in the Landes forest called La Croute du Pin near Reaup where it was made with the typique Noir de Gascogne pig, I re-created the dish here at Camont with most of the shoulder from Camas’ graduation pig. Once it cooked in the sweet onion sauce for a two hours, I ladled the sauce pork into large canning jars. When unannounced friends arrive for dinner, I’ll cook some Monalisa potatoes and serve them floating on an island of sweet onions pork, just like Madame did.

Recipe- for  Estouffade de Porc- l’Escaoudoun
  • 2 kilos / 4 1/2 lbs. of farm raised pork shoulder, cut into large cubes
  • 1 kilo of onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 soupspoons of duck fat
  • 1 bottle of sweet wine wine (jurancon or cote de gascogne)
  • 1/2 bottle madera, sherry or white port
  • 1 generous glass of armagnac
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • a large bouquet garni- lovage, bay leaf, thyme
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, a lot of it!
  • a large pick of quatre épice  (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
The basic recipe is to cook all of the above until the onions have melted, the pork is falling apart and the flavors of the sweet wine mingle with the onion in a caramel-colored sauce.

4 Comments:

Blogger JC said...

this sounds amazing. I have a question though -- how do you preserve the jars of stew? pressure canning?

Thanks,
Jen (Modern Beet)

8:48 PM  
Blogger Kate Hill said...

Hi Jen, Most French home canners still use the waterbath method and so do I. I'd have to have a GIANT pressure cooker to do all the jars from a half a pig!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Larbo said...

As a francophile and fan of the pig, I can't believe it's taken me this long to stumble over your blog! Lovely. I have a whole pork shoulder thawing in the fridge right now, and I can't wait to make the estouffade!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Gray said...

I know this is only a couple years late, but how long do these jars last? I'd love to have some reserves.

Thanks,

Gray

5:05 PM  

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