2012-02-29

Braised Pork with Leeks and Celery over a Yogurt and Lemon Sauce


So happy leap day everyone! I don't know about you, but this February was really long for me and Ι guess it has nothing to do with this extra day..
Maybe it's because i cant wait for Spring to come, so we can start our excursions to the big outdoors!
Today I have a traditional luscious and hearty winter to spring dish for you, that you have to try. It's full of nutrients and delicious!
Grab or make a loaf of fresh bread and tuck in!

Ingredients (5-6 people)

1 pound pork loin, cut into big chunks
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 onions, finely chopped
6 large leeks, rinsed and cut into chunks (white and tender green part)
4 carrots cut into chunks
10 celery stalks  chopped (use the leaves too)
1 bunch green onions chopped
100 ml dry white wine
1/2 bunch chopped dill
Salt - Pepper
For the lemon sauce
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 egg yolks
Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper

How to make

Season the meat with salt and pepper. Use a pot add the olive oil and place over medium-high heat.
When the oil is hot add the meat sprinkle with cardamom and let it brown well.


Once the meat is golden brown, remove it from the pot and to the drippings of the pot add the onions and spring onions. Add Salt and pepper and when the onions are soft, add the meat again. Add the wine and let the alcohol to evaporate. Add 1/2 cup of warm water and when it comes to a boil lower the heat.
Simmer for 30 minutes, then add the leeks, celery, carrots, dill, salt and pepper.


Stir and add 1/2 cup more of warm water. Cover the pot and Simmer for 1/2 hour 45 minutes or until the meat is tender.
For the yogurt - lemon sauce
In a bowl beat the yolks along with the yogurt and lemon. When the food is ready, remove the pan from heat and take a lug of the foods liquid.
Gradually add the liquid to the bowl with the yogurt, egg and lemon, beating constantly with a fork.


Continue with a second ladle of liquid. When the sauce is really warm and soup-like, add it to the pot with the pork and vegetables.
Let the food stand covered for a while before serving.

PS The egg and lemon sauce is a Greek Classic but if you feel like it, you can skip on the eggs..



Enjoy!!!

21 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect dish for this wintry day - you're right, February has been long. But the glimpses of spring it's given us has been a blessing.

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    1. The truth is that the weather has been nice to us this year Heather, so i heard..
      I'm so glad you liked the dish!

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  2. Such a perfect dish for the winter. It looks warm and comforting. Delicious!!!

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  3. Though I don't eat pork but the disk looks welcoming.

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    1. You can do it with chicken my friend or even you can have it without any meat!

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  4. What a delicious looking meal. So many yummy flavours. Perfect dinner for a day like today where there has been no let-up in the rain.

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    1. thank you my friend, too bad you had such a lousy summer this year!

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  5. Could I please place a LARGE order of this for dinner tonight? It looks and sounds quite delicious, Eri!

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    1. Thank you Chris, of course you can!

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  6. This looks really really good. I have never mix yogurt and lemon in a sauce before, but I have to make it soon!

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    1. Try it Nami, it's a delicious dish!

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  7. The flavors in this are just lovely, Eri! It really must taste delicious. And I'm a sucker for any kind of yogurt sauce!

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    1. thank you Katherine, I love Yoghurt also!!

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  8. That honestly looks like it packs a lot of flavour

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    1. It is Reymund, you have to make it!

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  9. This sounds like a delicious and comforting meal for this time of the year.

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    1. Thank you so much Karen, and thanks for visiting!

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  10. wow! it looks delicious! thanks!
    xeimoniatiko kai ligo ksino...

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