Recipe by Longlesson Farm, adapted and shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table
*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market
● 3 pound Boston Butt (pork shoulder)*
● 2 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
● 2 Tablespoon butter*
● 12 small (pearl) onions
● ½ cup Dijon mustard (may use more) plus 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard divided
● 1 cup of white wine (Chardonnay) (may use more)
● 1 bay leaf
● Pinch of ground black pepper
● Pinch of oregano
● ½ cup butter*
● ½ cup flour
1. Sear all sides of the pork in 1 Tablespoon of oil. Set aside to cool.
2. In a Dutch oven, cook onions in 1 Tablespoon oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Cook over low heat until they start to soften.
3. Baste all sides of the pork in Dijon mustard. Cover with a thick layer. Put the pork in the Dutch oven. Add enough white wine to reach half way up the pork’s thickness. Add a Tablespoon of mustard to the wine. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer or place in a 225 degrees oven. Add a bay leaf, ground black pepper, and a pinch of oregano. Cover.
4. Check every couple of hours to see if the pork is very tender and almost falling apart.
5. Remove the pork. Add a Tablespoon of mustard to the gravy to refresh the flavor. Thicken with a roux.
6. To make the roux, melt ½ cup of butter (or other fat) in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, test with a pinch of flour sprinkled in the fat. It will slowly start to bubble. Whisk in ½ cup of flour. It will form a thick paste. Continue to whisk over medium heat. As it cooks the roux will become smooth and thin. It may take about 20 minutes. It’ll smell like toast and will look tan. In a small bowl, I add a few spoonfuls of the gravy that needs thickening and a spoonful of the roux. Whisk together and add to gravy. Continue this process until the gravy is thicken that way you like it. Don’t add the roux directly to the gravy. This way you can control how thick you want the gravy.