Hello winter, or lack-there-of in Chicago this year. A month normally spent inside huddled under blankets and telling Netflix, yet again, that we are still watching, has become a preview of spring.
However, lured by the rich taste of wine and a theory I had during the holidays, I decided to make something like a beef stew but with pork. The outcome was the umami that one tastes at thanksgiving, but the comfort of a stew. It pairs perfectly with a delicate cheese biscuit perfect for dunking or buttering. Add your favorite wine to complete this perfect comfort food!
Ingredients for the Soup:
- 3 pounds pork tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 carrots
- 1 Spanish onion
- 1 1/2 cups of wine
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 pint of Baby Bella mushrooms
- 1 pound of red potatoes
- 1/2 cup of cream
- 3/4 cups of Pamela’s Baking Flour
- 32 ounce of chicken stock
- 3 cups of water
- Salt and pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper
Ingredients for the Biscuits:
- 1 1/4 cups of gluten free Pamela’s Baking Flour
- 3/4 cups of gluten free cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3/4 of a cup of milk
- 1 egg
- 3/4 a cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter
The Creation of the Deconstructed Pork Pot Pie:
- Season the pork loin with salt pepper and cayenne pepper. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Place the pork in the pan taking care not over crowd the pork. I did this by browning the pork in batches. Remove the pork and set aside.
- Add the onions, garlic, and oregano to the pot. Allow 2-3 minutes for the flavors to bloom.
- Stir in the flour and form a roux.
- Add the red wine until it reduces by 1/3.
- Next, add the chicken stock, cream and stir to combine the mixture. This is the base of the soup. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the pork back into the base and braise over medium heat for 90 minutes.
- To finish the soup, add the carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and cover over medium heat for another 90 minutes.
- Serve with the cheese biscuits.
The Creation of the Cheese Biscuits:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, sugar and baking powder.
- Next, add milk and eggs stirring until the mixture is just combined. Stir in cheese and butter, mixing until just combined. Over-mixing biscuits will cause them to be dense.
- Spray a pan with Pam. Using a spoon, create one inch balls and place them on the pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes
- Lastly, enjoy the best winter has to offer comfort and taste.