Marengo dishes – According to a popular myth, the dish was first made after Napoleon defeated the Austrian army at the Battle of Marengo at Marengo south of Turin, Italy, when his chef Dunand foraged in the town for ingredients (because the supply wagons were too distant) and created the dish from what he could gather. According to this legend, Napoleon enjoyed the dish so much he had it served to him after every battle, and when Durand was later better-supplied and substituted mushrooms for crayfish and added wine to the recipe, Napoleon refused to accept it, believing that a change would bring him bad luck. Marengo dishes are loosely based on the dish Dunand created at Marengo.
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 16-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 3-ounce can chopped mushroom, drained
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Hot cooked rice
In skillet brown half of the pork cubes and chopped onion at a time in hot oil; drain off fat. Transfer meat and onion to an electric slow crockery cooker. In same skillet combine undrained tomatoes, chicken bouillon granules, marjoram, salt, thyme, and pepper. Stir together, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet; pour over pork. Cover crockery cooker, cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours.
Turn to high-heat setting. Stir in drained mushrooms. Blend cold water slowly into flour; stir in pork mixture. Cook, uncovered, on high-heat setting 15 to 20 minutes or till thickened; stir occasionally. Serve over hot, cooked rice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.