Friday, September 3, 2010

Ukrainian style pot stew

A real comfort food for rainy autumn day. Soft garlicky potatoes melting in Your mouth, then You feel tender juicy meat and You feel all right. Pleasant heat goes through Your body, and autumn is not that gray any more. Try it and let me know about Your sensations:-)

For 2 persons you will need:
300 gr pork meat
4 average potatoes

2 average tomatoes

1 small onion
2 big cloves of garlic
50 ml of dense sour cream
100 gr of grated cheese (any You like)

Salt and pepper to taste

1) Peel and dice potatoes and pre-boil them in separate pot with salted water for 10 min, they should be al dente if You can say so about potatoes. Put them in the colander and set aside.
2) Wash the meat with cold water, pat it dry with paper towel and dice it about 1,5-2 cm dice. Peel and dice tomatoes and onions. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C.3) Now put all the ingredients on the table and prepare Your 2 pots with lids. Divide all the ingredients putting the same amount in each pot. First put half of the potatoes, the rest leave for the top. Then put the meat in, salt and pepper , then tomatoes, onions and pressed garlic, salt and pepper, then again potatoes and a good dollop of sour cream on top.4) So the layers are in the following order: potatoes, meat, tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes and sour cream on top. Cover the pots with the lead. Place them into the oven for 1 hour.

5) Take the lids off and place the cheese on top, keep into the oven 10 min more till the cheese browns nicely.
6) Serve hot! Tastes the best with sour cabbage garnish.
Notes: I've used 700 ml pots. You can modify the recipe according to Your pots. Or just cook the meal for 2 in one bigger pot with the lid. The recipe can be multiplied.

Idea: You can add some mushrooms to enrich the taste even more, and still it will be very Ukrainian.

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