PORK AND SAUSAGE CAZUELA

pork and sausage cazuela

HOT AND HEARTY CROCK POT MEAL FOR THOSE COOL FALL DAYS

2 potatoes, quartered
1/2 onion, chopped
1 large hot pepper (I used poblano), chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 center cut boneless pork chops
2 hot Italian sausage patties
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 Tsp Cajun spice
salt and pepper if needed
2 cups fresh green beans, sliced

Place first four ingredients in the bottom of the crock pot with meat on top.  In small mixing bowl combine tomato paste, broth, wine and spices.  Pour over top.  Cook on LOW setting 6-8 hours adding the green beans in the last hour of cooking so they stay a little crisp.  In the last hour of cooking also remove the meats and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Return to pot and stir well.

THIS IS A GREAT STEW BUT I THINK I WOULD THICKEN IT A BIT WITH SOME FLOUR AND WATER OR CORN STARCH AND WATER JUST BEFORE SERVING WHILE IT IS BUBBLY HOT.  SOMETIMES I USE MASHED POTATO FLAKES TO THICKEN A STEW TOO!

SOME TIPS TO ADD MORE NUTRITION AND CUT FAT:

USE SWEET POTATOES IN PLACE OF WHITE POTATOES

I ALSO THINK SOME BABY CARROTS OR RED PEPPER SLICES MIGHT ADD SOME NICE COLOR

USE TURKEY OR CHICKEN SAUSAGE IN PLACE OF ITALIAN SAUSAGE

WINE ADDS SOME NICE FLAVOR BUT I DIDN’T HAVE ANY AND THE STEW WAS FINE WITHOUT IT

 

 

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