/ Main Dishes
Pork and Beans stew with a chicken surprise
bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
pork butt cut into pieces
boneless skinless thighs cut into pieces
knorr's homestyle chicken bouillion
fresh thyme chopped
fresh sage chopped
15 oz. can cannellini or pinto beans
1Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda onto pork pieces and rub lightly. Sprinkle the other 1/4 cup baking soda onto chicken and rub lightly. Let sit 30 minutes then rinse well. The meat is ready to use now.
2In large dutch oven cook bacon until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
3Season pork and chicken with salt and pepper. Add the pork to bacon fat and brown on all sides. Remove with slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
4Add chicken to pan adding a small amount of oil if needed. Brown on all sides. Remove from pan with slotted spoon and set aside in refrigerator.
5Add the onions, carrots, celery, to the fat adding a small amount of oil if needed. Cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Whisk in the flour and cook 2 minutes.
6Add the chicken broth, chicken bouillon, and bay leaves. Place pork into sauce and cover and reduce to a simmer and simmer 2 hours. Adding more broth if it gets to dry.
7Add the chicken, thyme, sage, beans, and bacon. Simmer another 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Posted: Mon, Apr 14, 2014