Ragout de Patte de Couchon ( Pork Stew with Meatballs)
October 15, 2011
"This is a typical traditional Québec dish which is traditionally served during the Holiday Season. The stew is a modification of one by Jehane Benoit, a famous Quebec cook. For a richer stock, caramelize you onions and hocks until dark brown. NOTE: The cooking time doesn't include the optional (but recommended to reduce fat content) overnight refrigeration time.""
- Serving Size: 1 (475.4 g)
- Calories 665
- Total Fat - 40.3 g
- Saturated Fat - 13.3 g
- Cholesterol - 276.5 mg
- Sodium - 2112.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 3.8 g
- Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
- Sugars - 1.5 g
- Protein - 70.9 g
- Calcium - 86.2 mg
- Iron - 5.6 mg
- Vitamin C - 4.4 mg
- Thiamin - 0.4 mg
The day before serving the ragout, season pork hocks with salt,pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Caramelized onions in a deep saucepan in 2 Tbsp butter; remove from saucepan and set aside.
In same saucepan, melt 2 tbsp fat and , then brown hocks until dark brown in colour on all sides (this is the secret to a great ragout).
Add water, chicken bouillon cube, and onions to pork hocks; bring to a boil and simmer for at least two hours, until meat falls from bones.
At this point it's a good idea to remove pork hocks from saucepan and refrigerate the hocks and ragout overnight in fridge so that you can remove/skim the congealed fat.
Roast flour in 350F oven until caramel brown. This takes about 1 hour. (should be dark brown but not burnt so keep an eye on it). Alternatively you may brown the flour in a hot dry pan (No oil!),stirring continuously until it's a rich, deep, brown colour. (You must be careful not to burn the flour by controlling the temperature of your pan and stirring constantly until done).
Remove meat from bone and set aside.
Thicken ragout by using a jar or blender to mix the roasted flour with the 1/2 cup water and pour into the ragout, stirring until well mixed and broth has thickened to a nice consistency.
Season with salt, pepper and allspice to taste.
Add cooked pork meatballs and pork meat and heat thoroughly.
To Make Meatballs:
Mix all ingredients and pat mixture into a 1 inch thick rectangle,then cut into 1 inch squares; shape each square into a ball.
Bake in 400F oven for 10 minutes.
Add to Ragoût de pattes to complete cooking.
Ragout is sometimes served with boiled or mashed potatoes.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.