|The simmering stew and...|
And, recently I found a recipe that was called: Pork sirloin with chocolate orange sauce.
Is it possible to combine pork and chocolate? Really?
There was only one way to find out, I had to go and try!
J.P. 's remark after he started eating: " What is that? The sauce tastes something like ...mmh, I don't know but it is good."
Upon telling him that it was a orange/chcolate sauce he looked at me saying: "You are kidding me, right?"
As it happened so often - some of the ingredients i didn't have.
Here is what I made out of the original.
To balance the acidity of the orange juice I chose to add some sugar. And, I can imagine that, if I had had one, a drop of cream would have been good to add too.
Since I didn't have any baking chocolate in my pantry either, I had to improvise and make some. (see: directions)
Nonetheless, the whole turned out to be a very tasty stew, in a rich brown sauce. Definitely a good combination that I will use again.
|The final Pork stew with orange/chocolate sauce|
As an additional information:
The day after I mixed the leftovers of two stews I made on March 5 and March 6.
Hubby and I agreed that the combination was even better.
The reason: the chocolate flavour was there, but more subtle.
Ingredients: (My own alterations are shown in brackets).
2 lbs pork tenderloin (pork stew meat, cut into small pieces)
(1 tbsp ground sweet paprika)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided (2 tbsp vegetable oil)
1 cup orange juice (and some water)
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated (1 tbsp ground ginger)
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, oil)
Directions: (for the original recipe go here)
(Heat the oil and brown the meat for a few minutes. Add seasoning and orange juice. Simmer for about one hour. Add on water as needed, but keep it to a minimum, just so that the meat doesn't cook dry.
Chocolate is a combination of cocoa and cocoa butter so, I mixed cocoa powder with little bit of water until dissolved, added 1 tbsp oil, (preferable coconut oil) and mixed the fluid cocoa to the meat about 5 minutes before serving.
Side dish: Pilaff rice and stir-fried, mixed vegetables.