Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pork Steak and Apples en Smoked Bacon Ginger Zwiebelsauce









     Chilly Weather Comfort Food!  
     There are many different regional Zwiebelsauce recipes.  Zwiebelsauce is a rich onion sauce that is popular in Swiss and German cuisine.  Some variations are traditional and some are modern interpretations.  
     Some Zwiebelsauce versions are thickened with roux or slurry and some are simply reduced.  Some are loaded with copious amounts of onion and some are only flavored with onion.  Some recipes incorporate tomato or paprika.  Some recipes are made with a rich dark meat stock while others are only made with pan jus.  Overall, Zwiebelsauce recipes are designed so they best suit whatever feature item they are served with.   
     The Zwiebelsauce that I made for today's pork steak recipe has a flavor that is perfect for winter weather.  Ginger is a popular flavor in German savory cuisine and it adds a warming effect.  Smoked bacon adds a rustic mountain hunting cabin style flavor.  Apple is a winter cellar fruit that naturally sweetens and lightens a heavy braised entrée.
     
     Weinsauerkraut:
     This recipe yields 2 portions.
     Weinsauerkraut is a nice choice of vegetable for today's recipe because it makes use of the smoked bacon grease.  The smoked bacon pieces will be used in the braised pork steak recipe.
     Weinsauerkraut is wine packed sauerkraut.  It requires no rinsing and it has a gentle flavor.
     Step 1:  Heat a sauce pot over medium low heat.
     Add 1 slice of smoked bacon that coarsely chopped.
     Sauté the bacon, till a small amount of grease is rendered and till the bacon starts to become crisp.
     Step 2:  Remove the bacon pieces from the pan and set them aside.  (Save the bacon pieces for the pork steak recipe.)
     Step 3:  Add 2 cups of wine packed sauerkraut with its own juices.  
     Stir and heat the weinsauerkraut till it becomes hot.
     Keep the weinsauerkraut warm over very low heat.

     Pork Steak and Apples en Smoked Bacon Ginger Zwiebelsauce:
     This recipe yields 1 entrée.
     Pork shoulder steaks sell for a very low price, because there is a fair amount of bone and fat weight.  For this recipe, try to select a meaty pork shoulder blade steak that is not too fatty.   
     Step 1:  Select a 12 to 14 ounce pork shoulder blade steak.
     Lightly season the pork steak with sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 2:  Heat a wide sauté pan or sauteuse pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add the pork steak.
     Sauté the steak on both sides till it is lightly browned.
     Step 3:  Remove the pork steak from the pan and set it aside.
     Pour off any excess grease from the pan.
     Step 4:  Place the pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 3 tablespoons of finely minced onion.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely minced ginger.
     Add 1 peeled apple that is cut into thick wedges.  (Gala Apple is a good choice.)
     Sauté till the ginger starts to become aromatic and the onions turn clear in color.
     Step 5:  Add 1/2 cup of Riesling Wine.
     Deglaze the pan to create a jus.
     Step 6:  Add 2 cups of rich beef stock. 
     Add 1 tablespoon of glace viande.  (optional)
     Add 1 pinch of nutmeg.  
     Add the reserved smoked bacon pieces.
     Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
     Step 7:  Return the seared pork steak to the pan.
     Bring the sauce to a gentle boil over medium heat.
     Step 8:  Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Gently simmer and reduce, till the braising sauce is a thin consistency that glazes a spoon.
     Keep the pork steak warm over very low heat.

     Pork Steak and Apples en Smoked Bacon Ginger Zwiebelsauce:
     Place the pork steak on a plate.
     Arrange the apple wedges on top of the pork steak, so they look nice.
     Spoon the smoked bacon ginger zwiebelsauce over the pork steak and onto the plate.
     Place a portion of weinsauerkraut on the plate.
     Serve with a vegetable and potato of your choice.
     *Grilled tomato halves are a nice choice!  Boiled potato that is flavored with butter and green onion is a nice accompaniment too.

     This German style braised pork steak has an aroma that is appealing!

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