Porco a Alentejana (Portuguese Pork with Clams)

For success at suppertime, bubble up Sophie Grigson's tasty take on the classic Portuguese dish of pork with clams
By Sophie Grigson
Porco a Alentejana  (Portuguese Pork with Clams)
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 1.3333333333333333 hours 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: plus 1 hr minimum marinating time
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 300 ml dry white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 750 g boned pork loin, (or boneless chops), cut into 2.5 cm dice
  • 750 g clams, small
  • 30 g lard
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onions, chopped
  • 1 bunches parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 bunches coriander, chopped
  • 1 pinches black pepper


1. Mix the paprika with the wine, half the garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the pork and marinate for at least 1 hour (about 4-5 hours is best).

2. Scrub the clams well, rinse in several changes of water, and discard any that remain open when tapped sharply on a work surface. Keep cool until needed.

3. Take the meat out of the marinade and pat dry on kitchen paper. Reserve the marinade. Heat the lard and oil in a frying pan and brown the pork, in two batches. Remove from the pan and set aside.

4. Reduce the heat and add the onion, the remaining garlic and the parsley to the pan and cook gently until tender.

5. Return the pork to the pan along with the marinade and tomato puree. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat, cover and cook gently for about 1 hour, until the pork is very tender, checking occasionally. If necessary, add a little more wine or water. By the time the pork is done, the sauce should be reduced by about half.

6. Raise the heat and add the clams with half the coriander. Cover tightly and shake over a high heat for 2-3 minutes, until the clams have opened. Discard any that stay closed.

7. Take the pan off the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately, scattered with remaining coriander.

Real Cork recommends: enjoy with Arinto wines or neutral wines without floral aromas

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