Pork Stew with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

October 7, 2010

With fall in the air, which here in Florida means we’re finally below 90, it’s time for stews and soups.  Adding sweet potatoes and apples made it even more appropriate for autumn.

This dish came together pretty quickly as the pork didn’t take nearly as long to reach a state of tender and juicy as stew beef does.

  • Pork for Stew, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds
  • Sweet Potatoes, 3 or 4
  • Apples, 1 or 2
  • Celery, 3 or 4 ribs
  • Sweet Onion, 1 medium
  • Flour, 1/3 cup
  • Butter, 2 or 3 tablespoons
  • Cumin, 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • Rosemary, 2 teaspoons dry or fresh equivalent
  • Black Pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Chicken Stock, about 6 to 8 cups

Chop the celery and onion.

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into chunks.

Core the apple and slice it into wedges.  You can peel it if you like.

In a dutch oven or soup pot, melt the butter over medium high heat until it’s nice and bubbly.  Add the meat.

Cook the meat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to get nice and brown.

Add the celery and onion and cook for a few minutes more, until the vegetables begin to soften and brown.  Add the rosemary, cumin and pepper.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir everything is well-coated and the flour is absorbed by the butter and fat.

Add the sweet potatoes and apples and enough chicken stock to nearly cover everything.  Bring it to a nice low simmer, lower the heat and cook uncovered until the potatoes are soft and the meat is tender.

Remove it from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

Dish it up and enjoy!

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1 Olga @ MangoTomato October 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

The whole post is great, but the photo of you cutting the apple and the juice flying out from it is my favorite!!

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2 fiona s. October 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm

the autumn pork stew makes me heart warm. and i really enjoy the action shots! how did you light everything so well?

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3 Karen Bove October 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Thanks, this stew recipe is definitely a keeper!

I use one Alien Bee strobe to light everything. Much easier than the speedlight.

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4 kamran siddiqi October 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

If I had a private jet, I would travel everyday just to have what you’re cooking up in the kitchen! This recipe is bookmarked! :)

BTW, that apple photo is phenomenal! I love everything about it!

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5 Karen Bove October 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm

If you flew down here I’d probably put you to work cooking with me. You do cook some mighty tasty dishes!

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6 shari February 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

gonna try it tonite…….Not as good as havin’ you there cooking it…but it sure sounds good and never have tried a pork stew. Hope to see you guys soon so you can do the cooking! Most fun is watching all the action in your kitchen!

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7 karenbove February 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Let me know how it turns out for you. I SO looking forward to having you all over for food, wine and music!

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8 Lora November 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

Thank you, Karen. Your recipe made it to Cyprus! I am making it as we speak :)

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9 Laurie Winters December 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I made this for a gathering at our Church and everyone just raved about it. There wasn’t a drop left. Absolutely wonderful!

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10 karenbove December 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks Laurie! I’m glad it was a hit.

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11 Ashley October 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thanks so much for this!! They brought a similar soup to Jason’s Deli and Matthew loves it!! I will be making this soon. :-)

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12 karenbove October 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

It’s actually pretty quick and easy too!

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