An easy, tasty pork and clams recipe made by my Portuguese in-laws at every chance they get! Add a little bit of chili powder or crushed chilies for extra zing. Great for company!
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 1 1/2 pounds pork roast, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 whole cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4 tablespoons margarine, divided
- 2 onions, sliced
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 pounds clams in shell, scrubbed
- 4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 lemon, quartered
Put pork in a dish, and add the wine, paprika, bay leaf, cloves, pepper, salt and 2 cloves of garlic. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons margarine. Saute onions, tomatoes and 5 cloves of garlic. Cook gently until onions are soft; add salt and pepper to taste.
Wash the clams, discarding any that are open. Add them to the onion/tomato mixture. Cover, and cook over high heat until all clams have opened, about 5 minutes, then cook for another minute.
Meanwhile, drain the pork; set marinade aside. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons margarine in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook pork until brown on all sides. Stir in marinade, and cook until there is very little liquid left. Keep turning pork or it will stick and burn!
Serve the pork, the clams in their shells, and the onion mixture with boiled potatoes. Sprinkle everything with coriander and parsley, and garnish with lemon quarters.