Cuban Pork Stew

It may only be Monday, but I’ve got your Sunday dinner right here. Our Autumn officially began this weekend with our boat’s journey to its winter storage space. We got incredibly lucky with a perfect, warm, calm blue sky day for the two hour trip, and we were able to enjoy some bubbly along the way. It was fun, it was perfect, and it was also kind of heartbreaking. Being on the boat makes both of us happier than pretty much anything, and the thought of winter. . .

Well, I can’t even think about it.

So for now, instead of thinking of my dread and doom for the next five months, I will share a recipe inspired by this years’ Sonoma Wine Road Wine & Food Affair Cookbook.

Food and Wine Affair Cook Book

It’s no secret  I love cooking with wine and pairing wine and food, and every page of this book does just that. The second I received my copy, I started thumbing through and marking recipes with slips of paper. On a recent dreary day, I decided to make a Cuban Port Stew, inspired by this recipe submitted by Kachina Vineyards.

recipe - Sonoma Wine Road


Pork shoulder

red onion, finely chopped

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 cup Amista Zinfandel

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup orange juice

4 teaspoons tomato paste

cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste

juice of one lime

2 large sweet potatoes, roasted and mashed

as much butter as you like on your mashed sweet potatoes

Amista Zinfandel

chicken broth

tomato paste

orange juice

The large majority of this recipe is in the prep. I first rubbed the pork with the spices and salt and put it aside. Then I softened the onion and garlic in some oil, added the pork shoulder and browned on all sides, pouring the liquids (except the lime juice)and tomato paste in after, stirring, and covering until the pork started to cook fully. At that point, I started to shred it with two forks. Right before serving, I added the lime juice, then plated up the pork stew over buttered, mashed sweet potatoes.


The potatoes and citrus flavors went so well together, and the pork was really tender. Pork and red wine do go together, and this Amista Zinfandel lent jammy berry flavors to round out the dish.

mashed sweet potato

Sadly, while it was delicious, it was not the prettiest dish. Fall food is definitely not always lovely to look at, but it does the trick with bold, comforting flavors, textures, and temperatures, and makes spending time in the kitchen a treat when you come up with a slow cooked meal.

The Tasting Along the Wine Road cook book was provided to me as a media sample; it typically comes along with registration  for the Wine and Food Affair, which I highly recommend experiencing at some point in life.

Happy Monday!

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    This looks delicious and comforting. I love fall. (Let’s not think about what comes after it.)


  2. Joanne’s avatar

    I had NO IDEA you were running NY also! I’ll be by the Team in Training tent if you want to meet up or want someone to hang out with during the many hours before the race!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I am kind of in denial about it right now. . . but I would love to meet up! I am more nervous about the waiting time and finding my family after than I am about the marathon itself!


    2. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

      Fall food definitely doesn’t need to be pretty. This sounds like it would be perfect with that wine!


    3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      Too bad the boat is in for the season… May will be here before we know?! This stew does seem like a pretty good autumn consolation prize I read Cuban Port Stew above and think a little port in there might actually taste good!


    4. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

      I’m not a big beef stew fan, but I’m thinking this would be a great alternative!


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