Porco Alentejana (Pork with Potatoes and Clams)

Featured by Herdade Paço do Conde in the International Wine Club.
Porco Alentejana (Pork with Potatoes and Clams)


A delicious combination of slow-cooked, tender pork, flavorful potatoes and steamed clams! A Portuguese traditional dish that would pair well with a Red blend. **Pork will need to cook in a slow-cooker between 4-6 hours on high.

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 55 Minutes


For the Pork:
• 1 1/2 cups dry white wine like Portuguese Vinho Verde
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 2 bay leaves
• 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with a knife
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons black pepper
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 3 to 4 pounds pork butt

For the Potatoes:
• 1 pound small new potatoes
• 1 pound chopped fresh kale (optional)

For the Clams:
• 24 small clams, rinsed in cold water and purged in cold salted water with a spoonful of cornmeal for about an hour
• Chopped parsley, cilantro, or green onions
• Lemon wedges


For the Pork:
Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours or until the pork is fragrant and pulls apart easily. Shred the pork into bite-size pieces. Cover and refrigerate if using later.

For the Potatoes:
Cook the potatoes covered in salted water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat until the potatoes are tender. Drain and allow them to cool slightly. Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces, as needed. Cook the kale in salted water in a big pot until tender.

Put it all together:
Place the meat in a large Dutch oven. Stir in the potatoes. Cook over medium heat until the stew is very hot and bubbly. Uncover and add the clams. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until the clams pop open, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard any clams that don’t open. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, cilantro, or sliced green onions. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Recipe sourced from rbandmindy.com

Recommended Pairings

Midnight Cellars

2013 Red Blend
Special Selection
$19.00 $16.50 x 2

Paix Sur Terre

2015 Red Blend
95 Cases Produced
$48.00 $43.00 x 2


2015 Red Blend
Special Selection
$46.00 $40.00 x 2


2014 Red Blend
93 Points
$54.00 $46.00 x 2


2013 Red Blend
Gold Medal
$33.00 $26.00 x 2

Aaron Wines

2013 Red Blend
92 Points
$46.00 $40.00 x 2


2013 Red Blend
92 Points
$65.00 $54.00 x 2