Sweet Onion Pork Stew- l'Escadaoun- a Gascon specialty
My favorite French ‘pulled pork’ is called l'estouffade or l'escaoudoun in the Gascon patois. Tasted in a hideaway of a cafe in the Landes forest called La Croute du Pin near Reaup where it was made with the typique Noir de Gascogne pig, I re-created the dish here at Camont with most of the shoulder from Camas’ graduation pig. Once it cooked in the sweet onion sauce for a two hours, I ladled the sauce pork into large canning jars. When unannounced friends arrive for dinner, I’ll cook some Monalisa potatoes and serve them floating on an island of sweet onions pork, just like Madame did.
Recipe- for Estouffade de Porc- l’Escaoudoun
- 2 kilos / 4 1/2 lbs. of farm raised pork shoulder, cut into large cubes
- 1 kilo of onions, sliced thinly
- 2 soupspoons of duck fat
- 1 bottle of sweet wine wine (jurancon or cote de gascogne)
- 1/2 bottle madera, sherry or white port
- 1 generous glass of armagnac
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- a large bouquet garni- lovage, bay leaf, thyme
- sea salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, a lot of it!
- a large pick of quatre épice (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)