Pork with Chicory and Lentils
Cuisine: Pork Cookery
Author: Clifford A. Wright
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
This preparation combines several separate threads of flavor into one satisfying whole. The pork is pan-seared until browned and then sautéed with tomatoes, chicory and lentils. If you are unable to find the slightly bitter salad greens chicory or escarole you can replace them with arugula or dandelion.
  • ½ pound chicory or escarole (about half a head), washed well
  • ¼ cup green lentils
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound pork shoulder, fat removed, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 ounce salt pork or pancetta, diced very small
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, salt lightly, add the chicory and cook until 1 minute past when the water comes back to a boil, about 5 minutes in all. Drain the chicory well, then cut into strips.
  2. Put the lentils in a saucepan and cover with cold water by several inches. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the lentils are tender but not breaking apart, 25 to 35 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over high heat, then cook the pork until golden brown and a little crispy on the edges, about 6 minutes. Add the wine and cook until it is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Remove the meat from the skillet and set aside with the chicory. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet along with the salt pork and cook over medium-high heat until the salt pork has rendered some fat and is a little crispy, stirring, about 4 minutes. Return the pork and chicory to the skillet and add the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes are softer, stirring, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, stir and cook until everything is blended, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe by Cook-Coquus at https://cook-coquus.com/2017/quick-cooking-for-2-with-flavor-and-deliciousness/