Mexican Carnitas
 
from: hermit <her...@erie.net> 
this is my second request for authentic mexican carnitas. 
 
 
carnitas is a very famous mexican dish. it consists of braised pork and 
can 
be eaten by itself (and tortillas, a chili sauce) or as the filling in 
tamales, tacos and burritos (yuk). the pork is first simmered for a long 
time to make it really soft and then braised in the oven to make it 
crispy. 
since the recipe is very simple and does not involve any chili sauces 
everyone likes carnitas. you can add the heat on your own as you eat it. 
 
2   16oz cans of chicken broth
4 lb.  of boneless pork shoulder
1 Tbsp  chopped coriander (cilantro)
1 Tbsp  chopped cummin (comino)
  corn tortillas
2   bay leaves
1   onion, quartered
  chili sauce, such as pico de gallo, chipotle or whatever you like
 
cut the pork meat in chunks and discard big pieces of fat, leave some fat 
as 
it adds to the flavor. 
chop the cilantro and cumin if you need to. 
set tall frying pan in mid-high heat. 
add the pork, cilantro, cummin, onion and broth. 
add water if necessary so that the meat is covered. 
bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3-4 hours or 
until 
the meat is very soft and pulls apart easily. 
remove the meat and place it in a roasting pan, discarding the onion and 
broth, brake appart the meat in smaller chunks. 
bake for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees, until the meat is brown and 
crispy. 
heat the tortillas and enjoy, you can serve it with your favorite chili 
sauce, chopped onions and cilantro. 
 
tips: 
a pressure cooker really helps here. if you like making dishes like this 
one 
often you should consider the pressure cooker. 
it will cut cooking time to half hour.. 
 
heating tortillas on a microwave: to heat tortillas you can wrap them in a 
kitchen towel and put them inside a container. microwave 15 seconds per 
tortilla. 
 
serves: 2 
 
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(ID: 3304) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Fri, Mar 4, 2005


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