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The Hirshon Portugeuse Clam And Pork Stew - Carne de Porco à Alentejana

The Hirshon Portugeuse Clam And Pork Stew – Carne de Porco à Alentejana

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  • For pork marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 Cloves (the spice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Portugeuse white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 lbs boneless pork loin, cubed
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  • For stew:
  • 4 oz lard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Portugeuse white wine
  • 2 lbs small Cherrystone clams, scrubbed clean
  • 1/2 cup mixed black and green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup pickled vegetables (giardiniaira) – this is not traditional in the classic Portuguese recipe but is common in Portuguese-American diner versions. If you prefer the traditional recipe, increase mixed olives by 1/2 cup
  • 1 tsp crushed dried red chili flakes
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salted water
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
  • Cilantro leaves


  1. In a bowl, make a marinade paste with the paprika, garlic, olive oil and salt.
  2. Place the pork into a large plastic zip bag or a deep bowl. Add the paprika and garlic paste to the pork and massage it into the meat with your fingers. Add in the bay leaves, cloves and the wine, remove the air from the bag and seal it or cover the bowl.
  3. Marinate 6 hours and up to 24 hours. The longer the better! Be certain to stir the meat or massage it in the bag every so often.
  4. Place the clams in a bowl with cold water plus 1 tsp sea salt and an optional small handful of cornmeal. Let them sit for about 1 hour in the refrigerator so they expel any sand out of them.
  5. Heat the lard in a deep pan over high heat. Add in the marinated pork, reserving the marinade for later. Brown the pork on all sides in a single layer, cooking it in batches if needed.
  6. Strain the marinade (discarding solids) and add, stirring so that the pork is covered in the sauce.
  7. Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid to allow to barely simmer for 1 ½ hours, checking occasionally.
  8. Cut the peeled potatoes into 1 inch by ⅓ inch thick pieces and put them into a pot of salted water and place on the stove. Bring the water to a boil and allow to boil 5-7 minutes or until the outside is cooked, but the potatoes are still firm.
  9. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl of cold water to cool, then drain of excess water.
  10. Heat olive oil in a clean pan over medium-high heat. Add in the potatoes and cook until golden brown all over and tender in the middle, about 7-10 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, make another sauce with the tomato paste, wine, oil, garlic, onion, parsley, chili flakes, salt and pepper, simmering it all for 6 to 8 minutes.
  12. Remove the clams from their water bath and place them in the sauce over low heat. The clams should open after a couple of minutes. Remove those which do not open and discard.
  13. Shake the pan, add olives (and optional giardiniaira) and transfer the clams to the top of the meat. Cover. Boil gently for 3 minutes.Place potato in a soup plate or shallow bowl with plenty of the pork and clams on top and lots of sauce.
  14. Add wedges of lemon and cilantro leaves for garnish and serve with crusty Portuguese bread.
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