Pork Rib Stew with Sage Cornmeal Dumplings

Pork Rib Stew with Sage Cornmeal Dumplings

Pork Rib Stew with Sage Cornmeal Dumplings

I have been making this stew for more than 20 years. It’s a dish I use to celebrate the harvest season.

It may be a bit labor-intensive, but it is worth every minute! Experiment with different root vegetables, and use the dumplings in other hearty stews or soups. They are so yummy!

  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 15 minutes

Ingredients for making Pork Rib Stew with Sage Cornmeal Dumplings

  • 1 pound boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup milk, or as needed

Directions for making Pork Rib Stew with Sage Cornmeal Dumplings

  1. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.
  2. Arrange pork pieces one layer deep in a large baking pan. Broil, stirring often, until meat is browned, about 10 minutes. Pour off and discard the fat.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions; cook and stir until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant but not brown, 2 minutes more.
  4. Stir in potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in water, beef bouillon, sliced carrots, chili powder, marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, bay leaves, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover. Simmer until the meat and all of the vegetables are tender, about 3 hours.
  6. To make the Sage-Cornmeal Dumplings: combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, sage, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  7. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add milk all at once, stirring just until the mixture holds together.
  8. When the stew is ready, remove the bay leaves. Bring the stew to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. Drop the dumplings by rounded spoonfuls evenly over the surface.
  9. Cover the pot and boil for 12 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through. Ladle the dumplings into soup bowls and top with lots of stew.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 364
  • Total Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 36mg
  • Sodium 951mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 44g
  • Dietary Fiber 6g
  • Total Sugars 9g
  • Protein 15g
  • Vitamin C 30mg
  • Calcium 168mg
  • Iron 3mg
  • Potassium 915mg

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