Pork with Clams

Pork with Clams


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A truly unique Portuguese dish, pork with clams is probably one of my favorite recipes to cook. I do several different renditions of this recipe but this is the basic one. This is almost always served with fried potatoes, but you can try roasted or boiled potatoes as another approach. Or just leave the potatoes out all together.

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  • 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, cubed
  • 1 C. white wine (vinho verde)
  • 2 Tbs. paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 lb. clams, scrubbed and purged
  • 3 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Combine pork, white wine, paprika, bay lead, hot sauce and garlic cloves in a bowl, mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight. An hour will work but try to marinate the pork as long as possible. When you are ready to cook, drain the pork but reserve the marinade. Pat pork dry. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Remove the garlic and reserve.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and brown the pork pieces. Do not crowd the pan. Do this in several batches if necessary. It is important that the pork is dry otherwise it will not brown. I have made this mistake a few times. Remove pork and set aside. Add onion, garlic from marinade and salt and pepper. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add reserved marinade and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until marinade is reduced by half. Add pork and clams, cover and cook until clams open, about 10 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open. Check for seasoning. The clams will release their juice which should add just enough salt to flavor the dish. Remove from pan, sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.

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