Pork (or Chicken) Cacciatore Watermelon's Style

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I made this for my BF's birthday.. he loved it.. so did all my guests! I served this with angel hair pasta. It can be made ahead, then reheated on low heat. Or you can let the stew cook on low heat for 4 hours. (the cooking time is just an estimation, the longer you simmer it, the more tender the meat will be)

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  • add   1/2 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
  • add   1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thickly (portabello, shiitake are good)
  • add   1 medium onion
  • add   1 bay leaf
  • add   2 slices bacon, chopped (I used back bacon)
  • add   fresh ground black pepper
  • add   1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • add   8 ounces diced tomatoes (1/2 of a 16oz can)
  • add   2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • add   3 garlic cloves
  • add   3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • add   salt
  • add   1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • add   2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • add   1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • add   1 lb pork tenderloins, cut into bite sized pieces (or boneless, skinless chicken)
  • add   1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like spicy)
  • add   1 cup chicken broth


  1. Saute bacon in a big saucepan, until browned and crispy; remove from pan, drain on paper towels.
  2. Season pork with salt and pepper.
  3. Using the reserved bacon grease, brown the pork pieces in batches; remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Using the same pan, saute garlic and onion until soft.
  5. Add bacon pieces and saute another 1 minute.
  6. Add pork pieces, fry for another minute.
  7. Stir in white wine and broth, let simmer in the covered pan for 5 minutes.
  8. Add oregano, tarragon, rosemary, bay leaf, cayenne and diced tomatoes; continue to simmer for 15 minutes or so.
  9. Add mushrooms, and cook in the covered pan until meat is very tender (if the stew gets dry, add a bit of water or broth).
  10. About 10 minutes before serving, stir in parsley and basil.
  11. Remove stew from heat and stir in the cream.
  12. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  13. Before serving, sprinkle with more fresh parsley.