Puerto Rican Pork Rib Stew
By Terese Allen - Winter 2011 Issue
A stew is a little like a house—give it a strong foundation and multi-levels of flavor, and with time it will taste like home. And there’s no place like homemade stew.
Recipe Detail Serves: 8 25 Minutes Prep Time, 90 Minutes Cook Time
Cut the meat into extra large chunks off the bones. Toss meat and bones with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, all oregano and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Let stand 30 minutes.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high flame. Add a little oil and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat and bones in batches, without crowding the pan, transferring the batches to a stew pot.
Wipe out the pan with paper towels. Add a bit more olive oil and let it heat briefly. Add onions and peppers; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato sauce, roasted garlic, capers, and olives; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mixture to stew pot. Add stock to barely cover meat. Partially cover and slowly simmer the stew 1 hour.
Add potatoes; simmer until everything is really tender, another 1/2 hour or so.
Remove bones (or as many of them as you can find). Sprinkle in the bread crumbs and stir to thicken the stew. Adjust seasonings.
If time permits, let the stew stand off the heat for an hour or two (or refrigerate overnight). Reheat gently and serve with tortillas.