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Braised Pork with Pears and Chiles

Leigh Beisch
Yield Makes 8 servings
The gentle heat of the dried chiles is highlighted by the sweet pears, which become soft and a bit savory while cooking in the pork juices. With a side of greens, this is one of our favorite fall dinners. Prep and Cook Time: 3 hours, plus overnight chilling.


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pork butt or shoulder (about 3 1/2 lbs.), tied as a roast
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 8 to 12 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 dried arbol chiles
  • 1 large mild dried chile, such as New Mexico
  • 6 Bosc or Anjou pears

Nutrition Information

  • calories 568
  • caloriesfromfat 59 %
  • protein 36 g
  • fat 37 g
  • satfat 12 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • sodium 747 mg
  • cholesterol 141 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rub salt and pepper all over pork. Cover and chill overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Heat a large ovenproof pot over high heat and pour in oil. When hot, add pork. Brown pork on all sides until well browned (about 4 minutes per side), adjusting the heat to keep the pork sizzling but not burning. Transfer pork to a plate or platter.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and add wine and lemon juice, scraping up browned bits. Add broth, garlic, and chiles. Return pork to pot and bring liquid to a boil. Cover pork and bake in oven until tender when pierced with a fork, about 2 hours.

  4. Quarter, core, and peel pears. Add pears to pot, cover, and bake until pears are cooked through, about 30 minutes. Serve hot, with pan juices.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.