Thursday, July 3, 2008

Machanka (Pork Stew in the Minsk's Style)

Machanka is a very traditional Belarusian dish of meat stewed in broth. It's traditionally eaten with pancakes. I found several versions of the dish, but decided on this one (Machanka in the Minsk's style) because I liked that it incorporated sour cream to the stew. Sour cream is a very traditional Belarusian staple, and I wanted to make sure that something I made featured it.

This stew if very rich so count on only being able to eat a little bit of it. It was surprisingly tasty, though, and we both very much enjoyed it.

  • 1 lb stewing pork
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. beef or pork stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • Cut pork into bite-size pieces. Melt butter in a saucepan and fry the pork until dark. Add 1 cup of stock, bay leaves and salt, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the pork is half done.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, saute the flour for a couple of minutes. Add 2 tbsp. of stock and mix well. Strain and return to saucepan. Add sourcream and salt to taste. Mix well and cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • Put pork in baking dish, cover with sour cream sauce and bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until done. Serve with pancakes.

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