recipes of the day 4/16/04...let's go south of the border

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  1. snorton938

    snorton938 Founding Member

    Feb 5, 2004
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    pork is big in mexican cooking so here is one of the foundations for all those yummy shredded pork creations:

    Title: Mexican-Style Shredded Pork
    Yield: 8 Servings


    1 2-pound boneless pork
    1 lg onion; quartered
    8 cloves garlic; minced
    2 ts gound coriander
    2 ts gound cumin
    2 ts dried oregano; crushed
    4 bay leaves (up to)
    4 fresh jalapeno peppers;
    -finely chopped (1 1/2 cup


    From: Suzanne O'Dowd

    Pork prepared this way is called carnitas. Its used mostly for tacos and

    Preparation time: 20 minutes, Cooking Time: 2 1/2 hours

    In a large saucepan combine pork and enough water (about 4 cups) to nearly
    cover pork. Add remaining ingredients and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil,
    reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours or until very tender.
    Remove meat from liquid. Strain liquid through a cheesecloth-lined
    colander, reserving liquid. Shred pork discarding any fat. Return meat to
    saucepan, add enough reserved liquid to moisten. Cook until heated through,
    drain before serving. Makes about 14 ounces of meat ( about 3 cups).

    Pork Tostadas: Prepare Mexican-style pork as directed. Combine 2 cups
    shredded lettuce and 1 large avocado halved, seeded, and cubed, set aside.

    In a heavy skillet heat about 1/4 cup cooking oil. Fry 8 flour tortillas,
    one at a time, in hot oil about 30 seconds on each side or until crisp and
    golden brown. Drain on papper towels. Keep tortillas warm in a 300 degree
    oven while frying remaining ones. Toss pork with 1/2 cup taco sauce.

    Heat one 16-ounce can refried beans. To serve, place tortillas on plates.
    Spread some of the beans onto each tortilla. Top with the lettuce mixture,
    pork mixture, 8 quartered cherry tomatoes, and 1 cup shredded cheddar or
    Monterey Jack cheese ( 4 ounces). Makes 8 servings. Suzanne in Dallas

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