Friday, January 27, 2012

Carnitas



This is delicious.



Ingredients:

4-5 lbs of pork shoulder, cut up in 2" chunks
1 large onion, cut up
Garlic, according to taste (we like a lot, about 5-6 cloves)
1 bottle of beer
2 oranges, peeled and cut up
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of coriander
A good pinch of oregano
About a tablespoon of chicken bouillon (for starters)
A shot of Worcestershire Sauce
2 bay leaves
Some salt
Pepper
Water
2 dozen corn tortillas


Directions:
  1. Sear (brown) the meat. Set browned meat aside.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic in the meat drippings... then, add to larger pot.
  3. Add beer, oranges, cumin, coriander, oregano, and chicken bouillon.  Be sure to add the drippings, Worcestershire Sauce, bay leaves, salt, pepper and enough water to (just) cover the meat...
  4. Cover and simmer (don't open lid) for about 2 hours... or until meat is nice and soft without it falling apart... They should come out nicely browned and golden.
  5. Set them on a cutting board and let sit for 10 minutes or so.
  6. Meanwhile, fill the bottom of another pot with about 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil.  Wrap tortillas in a  towel and set in a steamer basket atop the boiling water.  Cover the pot.
  7. Cook for one minute.  Then turn off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes or so. 
  8. On to the pork.  There is no wrong way to go about this.  You can slice off a bit with a sharp knife. Or pull the meat apart with a fork.   You can even use you're hands if you're into it.
  9. Roll up a little meat in a taco, sprinkle on some salt, and top with whatever salsa you like the most.  Keep it simple, though. 
   
Note:
Johannes serves it with pintos and nopalitos (prickly pear cactus ), but great with rice. etc...
  
 Enjoy !

2 comments:

I love to read your comments and openly welcome them but I had to set comments to moderation because of some nasty comments left for me.

Antipasto salad

My family absolutely loves my take on the traditional antipasto salad. I always have to make large batches to last several days. The bigges...