Cozido, the Portuguese answer to the French Pot au Feu is a long-cooking and deeply satisfying peasant stew.
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1 (2 pound) piece beef chuck
1 pound pork parts such as ears, tails, and trotters
1 ham hock
3 bay leaves
16 cups water
8 ounces smoked sausage, such as linguica or kielbasa
1 onion, peeled and quartered
4 carrots, peeled
2 large turnips, peeled and quartered
1 sweet potato, peeled and quartered
1 waxy potato, peeled and cut into cubes
2 leeks, white and pale green pale parts only
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
In a large heavy pot, bring the beef, pork parts, ham hock, and sausage to a boil with the water and bay leaves, skimming any foam. Reduce the heat to a simmer, stir in the onion, and cook, partially covered, 1 1/2 hours. Stir in the carrots, turnips, sweet potato, potato, leeks, 2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and continue to simmer until the meat is very tender, about 2 hour more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Discard the bay leaves, then serve the meats and vegetables drizzled with some of the cooking liquid.
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