Spanish pork stew with cumin, orange and raisins

Ideally make this Spanish stew the day before to allow the flavours to develop. Serve with garlicky mashed potato.

Serves6-8 Origin Europe
Preparation 15-20mins Heat rating (Mild)
Cooking 3hrs Ease (Easy)
Vegetarian No

Ingredients

4 tsps Ground Cumin, organic
2 tsps Smoked Paprika
4 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tsp cumin seeds, freshly ground
2 tsp smoked paprika
900g wild boar meat or boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2.5cm/1in pieces
100g plump raisins
6-8 pared strips of orange zest
150ml freshly squeezed orange juice
250ml red wine
35g dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa solids is best)
200g chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp roughly chopped parsley leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Heat half the olive oil in a medium-sized flameproof casserole. Add the onions and garlic and cook gently over a medium-low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft, sweet and caramelised.
Stir in the cumin seeds and pimentón and cook gently for 2-3 more minutes then scoop the mixture into a bowl and set to one side.
Add the remaining two tablespoons of oil to the casserole, add half the wild boar and some seasoning and cook over a high heat until nicely browned all over. Lift onto a plate and repeat with the remainder. Return the rest of the boar to the casserole with the onion mixture, raisins, orange peel, orange juice and wine. Simmer together for 10 minutes.
Add the chocolate and tomatoes to the pan with ½ teaspoon of salt, cover and leave to simmer gently for 3 hours, stirring now and then to make sure itís not sticking, until the meat is meltingly tender. Just before serving check the seasoning and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

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