Hearty Polish Hunter’s Stew
"Polish Hunter’s Stew is a traditional dish that originated in the middle ages. It was typically made when hunters would bring home game meats. It would be added to a stew which had been cooking for a longer period. It’s a simple classic combination: long stewed meat with a combination of vegetables served with thick traditional bread. This recipe can include with pork, venison, beef, veal, and sausage with cabbage, sauerkraut, and mushrooms for a hearty meal. In other words, it’s an awesome addition to your late winter repertoire. You can prepare this stew recipe for a large family gathering. "
Preparation Time15 min
Cooking Time2 hr 45 min
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 30 ounces pork shoulder
- 1 large onion
- 2 ounces cabbage
- 15 ounces mixed fresh mushrooms
- 15 ounces smoked sausage
- 17 ounces ham hocks
- 15 ounces fresh Polish sausage
- 25 ounces jar sauerkraut
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 4 ounces beer
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 2 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- Salt and pepper
Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks, about 2 inches. Cut the sausages into similar-sized chunks.
Drain the sauerkraut and transfer it to a bowl.
Clean and cut the mushrooms into large pieces; leave small ones whole
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot.
Brown the pork shoulder over medium-high heat. Set aside.
Sauté chopped onions and cabbage for a few minutes, stirring often.
Add tomato paste, and once the cabbage and onions are soft, remove from the pot and set aside.
Add the mushrooms to the pot and cook them without any additional oil. Keep stirring until the moisture from the mushrooms is gone.
Add the pork shoulder, the cabbage-and-onion mixture, and then the rest of the ingredients to the pot.
Simmer for 2 hours until the ham hocks fall apart.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with rye bread and light red wine.