Pork Stew with Pears and Thyme

Allison Hazell


My friend gave me this recipe years ago. I had never tried the pork/pear combination before. Well,I found that I couldn't eat just one bowl. The flavor of the pears/vanilla and herbs is such a great compliment to pork. something different and unexpected. This stew also reheats beautifully. A wonderful winter/spring dish. Serve by a roaring fire.

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30 Min
2 Hr


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5 lb
boneless pork shoulder cut into large chunks
1/4 c
olive oil
onions sliced
2 clove
minced garlic
2 c
white wine
2 c
chicken broth
pears- bosc or bartlett peeled, seeded, diced to 1/2 inches cubes
1 small
bunch fresh thyme
bay leaves
vanilla bean split lengthwise
3 Tbsp
chopped tfresh hyme
1/2 c
chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp
fresh lemon

How to Make Pork Stew with Pears and Thyme


  • 1Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper on all sides.Heat large heavy pot (8qt) over medium high heat x a few minutes, then add olive oil
  • 2Lower in pork pieces and cook 3 minutes on a side (till deep caramel in color). Do not try to cram more than one layer, will likely need to do a few batches.Turn heat to medium-low and pour off most of fat (leave thin layer).
  • 3Add in onions and garlic. Cook till softened. Add in broth and wine and scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon to get up all the caramelized bits
  • 4Add pears, then add back in pork. Tie thyme together with bay leaves and vanilla bean using kitchen twine and nestle between pieces of pork. Cover and cook at a gentle simmer over very low heat until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
  • 5Take out pork and cover loosely. Discard herbs. Add chopped thyme to pot, increase the heat, and boil off liquid until thick enough to coat a spoon (5-10 minutes). Add in parsley and lemon and adjust to taste. Return pork to pan and serve.

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About Pork Stew with Pears and Thyme

Course/Dish: Other Soups, Pork

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