Carnitas a la casera

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1¾ pounds To 2 lbs Pork butt
½ medium Onion, cut in half
1 large Garlic clove
1 tablespoon Ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Dried oregano leaf, crushed
\N \N Salt or garlic salt
\N x Water

Place meat in a 3-quart saucepan Add water to cover, onion, garlic, salt, oregano and cumin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain meat, reserving broth for another use. Place meat in a baking pan. Sprinkle meat evenly with salt or garlic salt. Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven.

While still warm, use 2 forks to shred meat. Makes about 4 cups of shredded meat. Serve with fresh flour tortillas. Add condiments as you choose, e.g., diced tomatoes, diced onions, fresh cilantro leaves and shredded cheese. Or, whip up some Pico de Gayo (sp). That is two tomatoes diced, one half medium onion diced, three tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro, one fresh jalapeno pepper (seeds too) and the juice of one-half nice size lime (not lemon). Mix these ingredients together real well - best if you let it set in the refrig for a few hours, covered. Place your meat in the warm tortilla, topped by a couple spoons of Pico de Gayo. I always like the Carnitas best when I squeeze a little lime juice right over the meat, before I add the Pico de Gayo. Course, if 'ya want to, you can go ahead and ruin the whole thing by mashing up a nicely ripened avocado, and zapping a couple dabs if it right on top of the meat before adding the Pico de Gayo. (By now you should have guessed that whatever, 'ya must top of with Pico de Gayo.) A side plate of fresh fruits, with fresh lime juice squeezed over them goes real well with Carnitas. Like pineapple, mangoes, kiwi fruit, seedless grapes, cantaloupes, mush melons etc. The key with the fresh fruit is the fresh lime juice.

Then too, if 'ya really want to spoil things 'ya might whip up a batch of re-fried pinto or pink beans. Lordy be, do enjoy yourself Debbie, and all others who take a stab at Carnitas! TO ALL Submitted By SAM THOMPSON SUBJ WANTED - CARNITAS On 07-12-95

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