Pork Stew with Sauerkraut (Tocanita de Porc cu Varza Murata)

This is serious comfort food to me.  It is very easy to make, it’s simple, very filling and absolutely delicious.  The pork melts in mouth and the flavors combine perfectly.  I like to serve mine on top of mamaliga, but you could enjoy it with some nice warm bread.  Enjoy!

-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 lb pork shoulder, boneless, cut into chunks
-1 large onion, diced
-2 garlic cloves, sliced
-2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and drained (make sure you rinse it well)
-1 cup crushed tomatoes
-1 bay leaf
-4 cups water
-salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oil in large non-stick pan.  Add the pork and brown on all sides.  Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic slices and cook for 2 more minutes.  Stir in the sauerkraut, tomatoes, bay leaf and the water.  Give it a good stir, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 90 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.   Serve hot over mamaliga.  Enjoy!

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