French Fridays with Dorie: Coconut-Lemongrass-Braised Pork

With all the curry powder, coconut milk, coriander seeds, turmeric, and cardamom, this week’s French Fridays feels a bit more like an Indian Friday. 🙂

Except for the fact that I didn’t use coconut milk. Or turmeric.

If I had added coconut milk not one other person in this house would have tried this stew, and I was not about to eat a whole pork butt all on my own.

I did, however, add coconut milk to my portion and I liked it.

The turmeric didn’t make it because I didn’t have any.

The egg noodles that Dorie suggested were also absent because I didn’t have any.

I know…so unprepared. But I have a good reason! It was 105 degrees almost every day this past week, and I did not want to hop from store to store in this heat with my little one.

Nonetheless the penne pasta worked just fine. The addition of all the root vegetables made it even better!


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32 Responses
  1. It’s been over 100 here also, and just turning on one burner to saute something is like torture! So I feel you on the not wanting to run around thing. But it looks lovely nonetheless!

  2. Nice photos! I like that you adapted this braised pork dish from Dorie to work for you, what you had on hand and your family. I hope it cools off for you soon -it sounds too hot for a stew!

  3. Lovely photos – I especially like the one of the pork in the pan. I think your pasta variation has all the spirit of the stew, while being slightly more summery than the original.

  4. What is so great about it is that you can made your own variations to suit your taste and your family’s and really just want you have on hand. I hear you about not wanting to run around in 105 degree weather! I like the look of the penne in your dish!

  5. Oh my! I cannot even begin to imagine what 105°F feels like. I almost didn’t turn the oven on for this one. Next time I’ll have it simmering on the stovetop the whole cooking time. Your pork looks delightfully spicy, with all the little flecks of pepper/cardamom/coriander.

  6. Honestly, in this weather, I think we are all making substitutions because we just don’t feel like going out and getting all of the other ingredients in this heat! I’m a huge fan of coconut milk but this dish looks great without it too!

  7. Liz

    Yeah, this heat is something, isn’t it? Your stew is lovely, Kate…my coconut haters didn’t even realize what they were eating!

  8. 105 all week! Ack! (Glad we’re on vacation!) This looks delicious. And I actually prefer dishes with penne to egg noodles. I like the texture of penne better.

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