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Cochinita Pibil

Type: Pork
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

3/4 cup 177mlAchiote Paste or annatto paste - see * Note
10   Garlic cloves - chopped
1 1/2 cups 355mlOrange juice
  Juice of 2 limes
8   Bay leaves - crumbled
2 teaspoons 10mlCumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCinnamon
2 teaspoons 10mlGround thyme
1 teaspoon 5mlDried oregano
1 teaspoon 5mlSea salt
2 teaspoons 10mlFreshly-ground black pepper
4 lbs 1816g / 64ozPork butt - cut into 2" chunks
1 lb 454g / 16ozBanana leaves, softened over low flame
  (or use aluminum foil)
2   White onions - sliced 1/2" thick
5   Roma tomatoes - sliced 1/2" thick
4   Anaheim chiles - roasted, peeled, and sliced in strips
  Pickled shallots

Recipe Instructions

* Note: See the "Achiote Paste" recipe which is included in this collection.

In a medium-size bowl, mash together the achiote paste, garlic, orange juice, lime juice, bay leaves, cumin, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper with a fork. Add the pork, toss to evenly coat and marinate, at room temperature, at least 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Heat a dry cast-iron skillet over high heat. Char the onion until blackened on both sides. Char the tomatoes on both sides. Reserve.

Line a large baking dish with one layer of the banana leaves or foil. Arrange the pork in an even layer and top with the onions, tomatoes and chiles and all the marinade. Cover with more banana leaves and wrap the dish tightly in foil. Bake for 2 1/2 hours or until the pork is tender and moist. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes. Unwrap and serve with pickled shallots.

This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

TOO HOT TAMALES with Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken - From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # TH-6284 broadcast 10-11-1996) - Downloaded from their Web-Site -


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