Budget watchers know the tricks for saving money at the grocery store. Bulk buying, perusing the sales in the circular and using a shopping list all help to squash impulse buying.
We had a shopping list on a recent trip to the supermarket, but the dishes we wanted to create were inspired more by the cold weather than budget until we arrived at the meat counter. When we saw boneless pork tenderloin on sale for $1.99 — about a $4 savings per pound — we stocked up. Two tenderloins would go directly into the freezer for future use, while a third would replace the beef we originally planned to use in a stew.
At its regular price, pork tenderloin is far too expensive to use in a stew. At the sale price, the pork was cheaper than beef cut for stew or other roasts. Because tenderloin is leaner than some pork cuts, keep the heat low and allow the stew to gently simmer until the meat is tender.
PORK AND SWEET POTATO STEW
>>2 pounds boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
>>2 teaspoons each: ground cumin, chili powder and oregano
>>1 teaspoon ground coriander
>>1 tablespoon kosher salt
>>1 teaspoon black pepper
>>2 tablespoons oil
>>4 cloves garlic, minced
>>1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
>>3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
>>1 can or bottle of beer, light or regular
Mix together spices, salt and pepper in a zippered plastic storage bag. Add half of the meat, close the bag and shake to coat the meat with the spice mixture. Repeat with remaining pork. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add pork in one layer and sear the meat, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the meat and continue to brown all sides of the cubes for another 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer meat to a bowl and repeat with remaining pork.
Add garlic and onion to the pot, and saute until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Return meat to the pot, and add the potatoes and beer. Bring liquid to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer until pork and potatoes are tender, about 50 to 60 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.