Pork Stew with Root Vegetables, Maple Sauce and Za’atar

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6 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 lb Québec pork, cubed
  • 1 cup red, brown, or amber ale
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium rutabaga, cut into large chunks
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 medium celeriac, cut into large chunks
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavour)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or unbleached all-purpose flour (optional)
  • 2 à 3 tsp za’atar*
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat half the oil and brown half the pork. Set aside on a platter and repeat with the remaining oil and pork.
  2. With all the meat back in the Dutch oven, deglaze with the beer and reduce liquid, 2 minutes.
  3. Add vegetables, maple syrup, and broth. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let simmer, covered, for 1 hour or until the meat is tender.
  4. If desired, thicken the broth with starch or flour diluted in cold water.
  5. Add the za’atar, adjust the seasoning, and serve.

* Za’atar is a Middle Eastern blend of spices usually including thyme, sesame, sumac, fennel, cumin, oregano, and salt.

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