This Portuguese-inspired stew is named for San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Serve with sourdough bread and expect everyone to ask for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder (cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings (OR vegetable oil, divided)
  • 2 onions (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 14 1/2 ounces chicken broth
  • 13 ounces clams (chopped, undrained)
  • 4 ounces smoked ham (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (minced)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (minced)

Directions

  1. In a 1-gallon self-sealing plastic bag combine pork, wine, lime juice, paprika, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and garlic. Mix well, seal bag and marinate at room temperature 2 hours.
  2. Drain pork well, reserving marinade. Pat pork dry. Heat 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in Dutch oven over high heat. Brown pork cubes in batches, do not crowd. Remove pork and reserve. Heat remaining bacon drippings and cook and stir onion and green pepper for 5 minutes. Stir in reserved marinade, tomatoes, broth, undrained clams, ham and cayenne. Return pork to Dutch oven, bring mixture to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook gently for 1 1/4 hours until pork is very tender. Garnish individual servings with cilantro and parsley.
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