Pork Cheeks in Sherry

Pair with Fino

This recipe is a rich flavourful stew, as such I find a well chilled crisp fino really compliments and provides a contrast to the dish.

Ingredients

600g 
pig’s cheeks, trimmed and cut into large chunks
Dusting of 
all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper
large onion, finely chopped
cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp 
ground cumin
1 tsp 
smoked paprika
Pinch 
of dried, red chilli flakes (optional)
200ml 
medium sherry (I prefer Amontillado)
300ml 
beef stock
large glug 
Vegetable oil
Garnish 
Pickled cornichon

Directions

In a large pan, use a little oil to gently cook the onion until soft and golden.

Meanwhile, toss the meat in the seasoned flour.

Remove the onion from the pan and set aside, add a little more oil to the pan.

Over a high heat, brown the meat in batches until well coloured.

Lower the heat and return the onion to the pan, along with all the meat, cumin, paprika, garlic and chilli if using. Mix well and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add the sherry and the stock, cover the pan and simmer for 90 minutes or until the meat is tender and can be pulled apart. At the end of the cooking time, adjust the seasoning and boil rapidly to reduce the sauce to a thick consistency.

Serve with crusty bread and slivers of pickled cornichon.

Carol Harris , MizPepperpot Preston United Kingdom Visit Website
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Pairing Fino with food

It is an ideal aperitif wine and goes well with all types of tapa, especially olives, nuts and Iberian cured ham.

Also providing the perfect companion for shellfish and fish, especially those with a marked salty taste (anchovies) or even raw (sashimi).

Its low acetic acid content combines exceptionally well with dishes of marked acidity (vinaigrette salads, marinades, etc.) as well as with cold soups (gazpacho, ajo blanco, etc.).

 

Fino fast facts

Always serve chilled

Use an ice bucket with both ice and water to serve chilled between 6º & 8º C.

Perfect for Tapas

It adapts perfectly to a diverse range of salty and intense flavours.

Style of Glass

In traditional wide-rimmed catavinos, or in white wine glasses.

Analytic data

  • Alcoholic content between 15 y 18% vol. (generally, 15% vol.)
  • Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (usually < 1 gr. / litre)
  • Total Acidity (tartaric) 3 - 5 gr. / litre
  • Volatile Acidity (acetic) <0,25 gr. / litre
  • Very Low In Glycerine Content < 2 gr. / litre
Carol Harris , MizPepperpot Preston United Kingdom Visit Website
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