Pork Stew with Mushrooms and Artichokes

by formerchef on February 22, 2014

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Is it cold and snowing where you are? Are you swirling in the center of the Polar Vortex? Here in Southern California it’s a beautiful and sunny 72 degrees today. I say that not to brag, but with desperation. Can we have some of your snow and rain? Pleeeease…. In case you haven’t heard (being buried under all that snow and all), we are in the middle of the worst drought in recorded history here. There is NO snow in the mountains and the reservoirs are drying up.

Things are getting desperate here, yet it seems like most people where I live are completely unaware. My lawn is the color of old cardboard, while my neighbor’s lawn looks like a golf course watered three days a week. Local news talks about the unending forecast of “beautiful weather”, and moans if there is even a 20% chance of rain (which never materializes). In the meantime, at our house in the mountains, which is usually under a few feet of snow this time of year, we are doing heavy yard maintenance to clear the brush or risk being fined because the fire danger is so high. Usually we have to do this in July, not February.

So what does the “glorious” weather have to do with this hearty stew? Not much, but if you are in the polar vortex, it should keep you warm and happy. For those of us here in the drought, chalk it up to “wishful thinking” and “dreaming of rain”.

This is the perfect dish to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s one of those meals which takes a little extra time to cook and is even better the next day. It’s worth the wait, trust me.

Pork Stew with Mushrooms and Artichokes

Pork Stew with Mushrooms and Artichokes


Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 8 portions

Serving Size: 1 Cup


  • 2 yellow onions (about 12 oz whole weight), sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large carrots (about 8 oz whole weight), diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 8 oz button (or other) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil and oregano
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz artichoke hearts* (about 1 cup), quartered and then cut in half
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 2 pounds pork stew meat, cut in 1.5" chunks
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare all your vegetables; thinly slice the onions, dice the carrots and celery, slice the garlic and mushrooms and cut the artichoke hearts.
  3. Cut the pork stew meat into 1.5-2" chunks and set aside.
  4. Heat a heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the sliced onions to the pot and cook slowly for about half an hour, lowering the heat after the first 10 minutes.
  5. Once the onions are very soft, almost caramelized, push them to the side of the pot and add the other tablespoon of oil along with the sliced mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften and then mix them with the onions.
  6. Add the diced carrots and celery to the mushrooms and onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add the sliced garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the dried herbs and stir to combine.
  7. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, stirring to scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the can of diced tomatoes, the stock, and the artichoke hearts, stir to combine, bring to a simmer and then remove the pot from the heat.
  8. Take the cut pieces of pork stew meat and toss them in a bowl with the 1/2 cup flour and salt and pepper.
  9. Heat a large saute pan and add 1 tablespoon oil. Brown the floured pieces of pork on all sides. When brown, add the pork to the pot with the cooked vegetables. Cover the pot and place in the oven for 2.5 to 3 hours until the pork is very tender.
  10. Serve over creamy polenta, mashed potatoes or rice.


*artichoke hearts can be marinated or canned in water.


Pork Stew with Mushrooms and Artichokes

1 Diana February 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Your dish is wonderful! yum! Love the polenta…..(just came back from Veneto region in Italy where it is served with EVERYTHING! )

And we have had nothing but rain for weeks and weeks and weeks…finally a few days of sun ! Maybe we will be sending some rain your way. 🙂

2 formerchef February 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Thanks! If you try it, please let me know.

As for the rain, there is some (finally) forecasted for nest weekend, but we’ll see how that goes. 😉

3 Andrea Cole March 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

That looks delicious and I really wish I could send you the foot of snow we got yesterday…in the middle of March no less. Hope you get some much needed rain.

4 formerchef March 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thanks! And I wish you could send the snow or at least more rain. We’re back to 80 degrees today!

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