Pork with Aubergine and Peppers

pork aubergine and coriander

I had some leftover roast pork in the fridge, along with aubergines (eggplant) and peppers that needed using up. To make something new (nextovers, as Karen eloquently put it), I threw a slice of ‘nduja and fresh coriander (cilantro) into the mix.

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘nduja, it’s a soft, spicy, smoked, Italian pork salumi (cured sausage), made with pig’s head , shoulder and belly, plus salt, roasted red chilli peppers and spices. ‘Nduja comes from Calabria and takes it’s name from French Andouille, but was created after Columbus’ discovered the New World, probably when two thirds of Italy was ruled by the Crown of Aragon, which introduced chilli peppers and tomatoes to the country. ‘Nuduja packs a spicy umami punch that goes a long way – this salumi will keep for a month or so in the fridge and a half inch (1.5 cm) slice will brighten up any soup, stew, pizza and even a shepherd’s pie.

onion

Pork with Aubergine, Peppers and ‘Nuduja recipe (serves 3):

1lb pork (diced)
1/2 inch slice ’nduja (crumbled)
1 large onion (chopped)
6 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
2 medium tomatoes (grated)
2 mixed peppers (chopped)
1 aubergine (diced)
1 large squirt anchovy paste
1 dessertspoon tomato purée
2 bay leaves
2 dessertspoons fresh coriander (chopped)
1/2 pint home made stock
a splash sherry vinegar
cracked black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Chop and fry a large onion gently in extra virgin olive oil, until it caramelises. Stir frequently or it will burn.

tomatoes

When the onion becomes soft and sticky, grate in 2 medium sized tomatoes – slice them in half and shred the wet side into the pan.

mixed peppers

Next, stir in the garlic and bell peppers – mine were red and yellow, but green would be equally good.

aubergine

Chop the aubergine just before adding it to the vegetables, so that it doesn’t have time to discolour.

pork

Mix in the cubed pork.

‘nduja

Cut off a half inch slice of ‘nduja, remove the casing (skin) and break it into the cooking pot. It will dissolve fairly quickly and impart a fantastic lip tingling flavour. You may be tempted to spread a little ‘nduja onto a slice of bread, just to test it!

stock and cilantro

Finally, add the anchovy paste, tomato purée, bay leaves, sherry vinegar, black pepper (to taste), stock and fresh coriander. I used home made chicken stock, but pork or vegetable would also be good. Give the dish a good stir, cover with foil, or a lid if you are using a cast iron casserole and simmer gently for an hour. I cooked mine on the hob, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t put it in the oven.

cooked

Remove the foil or lid for the last 15 minutes, so that the stew starts to form a skin on top.

pork, aubergine and cilantro

Sprinkle with more chopped coriander and serve with boiled potatoes or rice. A robust red wine, such as Gran Cerdo Tempranillo will make a very good accompaniment.

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6 Responses to Pork with Aubergine and Peppers

  1. Eha says:

    Hello Mad ! I am putting together this rather high pile of recipes which I shall just HAVE to cook when we can say ‘after’ . . . Can’t say I usually have ‘leftover’ pork in the house but nduja is easily available here . . . this ‘tastes’ very moreish on my pretend-palate so will go to the top end of the celebration pile . . . . am hoping, am praying that GB shall soon see more sunshine . . . please be careful . . .

  2. Nadia says:

    Sounds and looks delicious. The nduja must add a nice touch.

  3. Karen says:

    My but your nextover dish looks like a hearty and flavorful meal, Mad Dog. Thanks for the mention. 😘

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