Friday, November 7, 2014


In spite of a desire to eat more fish, my two favorite Colorado cooks keep putting up recipes that must be tried.  When I saw this dish on Lea Ann’s blog, “Cooking On The Ranch”, I thought it sounded very good and when she mentioned using smoked paprika, I decided I could just use smoked meat from the freezer and adapt it, similar to what I’d recently done with Heather’s Carne Advovada

This is a shortened version of Lea Ann’s recipe because I used already cooked pork barbecue, so I adapted the recipe to maintain the same basic ingredients, but made changes to the cooking process and amounts of liquids – I knew the pork had lots of flavor and liquid so I used less and only added it as needed.

Pork Stew with Paprika and SauerkrautAdapted from Cooking On The Ranch
1 tbsp.oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup sweet paprika
½ tsp cayenne
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (I used the garlic press)
4 small yellow bell peppers, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
½  750-ml bottle red wine (I used a nice merlot and poured out the leftover – yeah right)
2 pounds pulled pork BBQ
12 oz. sauerkraut, drained (I didn’t have the required 16 oz.)
2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 bay leaves
2 red Cubanelle peppers
1 teaspoon black pepper
Cooked and buttered egg noodles, for serving
Sour Cream, for serving

1. Heat oil in a pot, add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 2 minutes. 
2. Add the paprikas and cayenne and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. 
3. Add the garlic, bell peppers and onions and cook for a few minutes until the onions begin to look translucent deglazing the pan as needed with the wine.
4. Add the pork, sauerkraut, water, marjoram, bay leaves, cubanelle peppers, salt and pepper.  
5. Bring to a hard simmer, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, and cook until everything is hot, about 30 minutes - taste and re-season as needed.

Since I only cooked it for about 45 minutes, I made it a couple of hours ahead of time, covered, and allowed the flavors to marry, then re-heated to serve.

I really liked the idea of serving it over buttered egg noodles and I just cooked them to package directions.

I mixed it all up together and it was delicious both for this meal, the next two leftover times, rolled up in a tortilla, and as a sandwich.  Definitely a keeper recipe - thanks Lea Ann.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


10/30/14 meal date


  1. You can always count on Lea Ann for great recipes. Smoked paprika is one of my favorites.

  2. Another awesome looking meal, especially over egg noodles.

  3. I'm so glad you liked this recipe, we thought it was killer. And I enjoyed reading how you changed it up and used it for leftovers. But no egg on top? And LOL, that's exactly what I did, was pour out the rest of that wine..... said me never. Thanks for the shout out.

  4. I saw Lea Ann's recipe and like your version as well.

  5. Having leftover pulled pork is always a godsend isn't it? I pinned Lea Ann's version to try so I'm glad to hear it is as good as it sounds.

  6. Larry, What!? You didn't eat some of this with an egg on top? Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. I took note of that recipe when I saw Lea Ann's post too! Great adaptation, Larry. I'm so curious how the sauerkraut tastes in this stew.

  8. I wish I lived next door to you ---or maybe I'm just jealous of Madison since she can sample all of these recipes.... I would love to be the official 'Sampler'..... Oh Well!!!

    I love Sauerkraut ---and grew up eating it with wieners... Obviously, your meal would be MUCH better... ha

    Have a great weekend.

  9. Leftover pulled pork? Not with my men around. They devour it. This sounds delicious, Larry.

  10. Lea Ann has some great recipes. I am not totally positive but I think she knows Elway personalty. The Raiders play the Bronco's today so I am going to avoid her..

    1. HA!!! Us Bronco fans are hard to avoid. We wear orange. ;)

  11. Another winner from Lea Ann! I love her recipes too!

  12. This looks like a hearty & very flavorful dish! I am surprised you didn't put an egg on the leftovers, although rolled up in a tortilla and as a sandwich sounds great too!


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