It is Sunday afternoon, the sky is painted with golden, orange shades of light and from the garden you can listen to little birds chirping in a choir and chasing each other, joyfully flying from a branch to an other of the fruit trees in blossom. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, the fragrance of fresh herbs straight from the garden invites to prepare a bouquet garni for something appetizing at dinner time. During the week-end, I had the chance to choose some chops of veal and pork for the stew by the local food market: indeed, the meat has some hints of fat, it looks very tender and juicy so, it would be nice to cook it by providing a delicious Mediterranean taste.
Here the suggested quantities can vary because of the presence of salt in some ingredients, thus it is necessary a more accurate control for balance with salt:
- 600 gr veal and pork
- 3 or 4 anchovies in extra virgin olive oil
- 20/30 gr capers in salt
- fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) for a bouquet garni
- 1 lemon
- extravirgin olive oil and white wine
- a clove or two of garlic
- wheat flour
- salt and pepper
Flour the chops of veal and pork and fry them golden in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, a clove of garlic and the bouquet garni. As soon as the surface of the meat will be lightly crisp and golden, add half glass of white wine (the one you prefer) and let it evaporate. Then, cover the pan and cook the stew (lower flame) for about half an hour. Remove the bouquet garni.
In the meanwhile, mix together anchovies with previously washed capers (both of the two ingredients are thinely minced), some garlic, chopped parsley, the grated peel of lemon and few drops of its juice. Keep on mixing the sauce until it becomes homogeneous, add a sprinkle of flour if it is necessary to make it thicker, cover and keep on cooking for five minutes more. Serve the stew of veal and pork very warm and the fragrance of a Mediterranean taste will be exalted and melt in your mouth.
I hope you will have the pleasure to try the recipe and enjoy the dish with family and friends and since the week is going to start soon, I wish everybody a good new one!