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Slow-cooked pork carnitas with tomatillo salsa

Published: August 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • A little effort
  • Serves 10

Carnitas are the next step up from tacos. Traditionally cooked slowly in fat, the meat is meltingly tender. This recipe for slow-cooked pork carnitas with tomatillo salsa is a lighter version. Buy tomatillos from mexgrocer.co.uk.

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal312
fat18.5g
saturates5.8g
carbs7.2g
fibre1.7g
protein28.3g
salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 2kg skinless pork shoulder, cut into really large pieces, about 10cm 
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, left whole
  • 2 large oranges, juiced
  • 1 large or 2 smaller tins tomatillos, or 6-8 large green/unripe tomatoes 
  • 3 cloves garlic, skin on
  • 3 green chillies, halved lengthways
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • a handful of leaves coriander
  • olive oil
  • warm tortillas or finely sliced red onion or crumbled feta or lime wedges or coriander

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the salsa put the tomatillos, garlic, chillies and onion on a baking sheet. Season and toss with a little olive oil then roast at 220C/fan 200C/gas 7 until the onion and garlic and chilli are really soft and a little charred at the edges, about 15-20 minutes. Peel the garlic, discard the chilli stems. Tip everything into a food processor with the coriander, and whizz until blended.

  • STEP 2

    Lower the oven to 130C/fan 110C/gas 1. Toss the pork with some seasoning and the spices. Put in the bottom of a very large shallow casserole dish, or baking dish and tuck in the cinnamon, bay leaves, onion and garlic. Pour over the orange juice. Put on a lid, or tightly cover with foil, then cover and cook for 4 hours.

  • STEP 3

    Take off the lid and turn up the heat to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Pour off the excess liquid from the meat into a jug, and remove the cinnamon. Cook for another 20-30 minutes until the pork starts to crisp at the edges. Roughly shred the pork, adding a few spoons of the reserved liquid, then pile into warm tortillas with the salsa and accompaniments.

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