This Greek Afelia Recipe is a wonderful dish of pork marinated and cooked in a nice Greek red wine. Note: Any red wine you have on hand will be an acceptable substitute. It’s most popular on the Greek island of Cypress. This Cypriot dish has a small list of ingredients but a big flavor profile. Braising the pork in the wine really gives it a subtle sweetness that cannot be missed. In fact, the dish is just not the same without it! Using crushed coriander seeds adds another flavor and can even be described as giving the pork a sourness. Altogether you have a sweet and sour flavor that balance well on the palate.
Traditionally, this dish is cooked in an earthenware dish (called a tava) in a clay oven. Baked to perfection, Greek Afelia will leave you satisfied well after the meal has been eaten. καλή όρεξη.
- about 2.5lbs pork cut into cubes (lean is healthier)
- 5-6 ounces of Greek red wine
- 2 whole sticks of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons of crushed coriander (a staple in this dish)
- 2 pinches of salt (to preference)
- 5-6 tablespoons Greek olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine pork, wine, cinnamon sticks, coriander, and pepper.
- Mix and make sure pork is well coated in mixture.
- Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour (Or overnight for best results).
- Heat oil in pan and add pork (don't throw away marinade!).
- Cook until brown.
- Once brown, add marinade and salt.
- Cover and cook for about 30 minutes.
- It's done when meat is cooked and marinade becomes thick.