Hunter's Casserole

    Hunter's Casserole


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    "Bigos" as it is known in Poland is a traditional casserole that uses pork, kielbasa and sauerkraut. It is rich and filling and not very hard to make.

    Serves: 10 

    • 2 thick slices hickory-smoked bacon
    • 500g kielbasa sausage or other Polish sausage, sliced into 1cm pieces
    • 500g cubed pork
    • 1/4 cup (30g ) plain flour
    • 3 cloves garlic, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage
    • 500g sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) dry red wine
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper
    • 1 pinch caraway seed, crushed
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 125g dried mushrooms
    • 1 dash hot chilli sauce
    • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
    • 5 cups (1 1/4 litres) beef stock
    • 2 tablespoons tinned tomato paste
    • 1 cup tinned diced tomatoes

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and kielbasa. Cook and stir until the bacon has rendered its fat and sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat and transfer to a large casserole dish or Dutch oven.
    3. Coat the cubes of pork lightly with flour and fry them in the bacon drippings over medium-high heat until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to the casserole dish.
    4. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, fresh mushrooms, cabbage and sauerkraut. Reduce heat to medium then cook and stir until the carrots are soft; about 10 minutes. Do not let the vegetables brown.
    5. Deglaze the saucepan by pouring in the red wine and stirring to loosen all of the bits of food and flour that are stuck to the bottom.
    6. Season with the bay leaf, basil, marjoram, paprika, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute.
    7. Mix in the dried mushrooms, hot chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, tomato paste and tomatoes. Heat through just until boiling. Pour the vegetables and all of the liquid into the casserole dish with the meat. Cover with a lid.
    8. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until meat is very tender.

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