Pork and Butternut Squash Stew

Servings 6

Ingredients
2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. tomato paste
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground coriander
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 Tbs. cider vinegar
3 Tbs. applesauce
15 oz. canned diced tomatoes with juices
1 lb. peeled and diced (3/4-inch dice) butternut squash
1/2 tsp. sage
2 cups chicken stock

Directions
Preheat an oven to 325°F.

Season the pork with salt and black pepper. In a 3 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato paste, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, applesauce, tomatoes with their juices, butternut squash, sage, stock and pork. Bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook until the pork is fork-tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Skim the fat off the sauce. This is best accomplished by letting the stew sit in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve the stew over mashed potatoes.

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