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Cochinita Pibil

Courses: Soup
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

3/4   Annatto or achiote paste
10   Garlic - chopped
1 1/2 cups 355mlOrange juice
2   Limes - juiced
8   Bay leaves - crumbled
2   Cumin seeds
1/2   Cinnamon
2   Ground thyme
1   Dried oregano
1   Sea salt
2   Black pepper - freshly ground
4   Pork butt, cut into 2-inch chunks
1   Banana leaves softened over low flame
2   White onions, sliced 1/2 inch thick
5   Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
4   Anaheim chilies - roasted, peeled and sliced into strips

Recipe Instructions

In a medium sized 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 300F. 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 chilies and all the marinade.

Cover with more banana leaves and wrap the dish tightly in foil. Bake for 21/2 hours or until the pork is tender and moist. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes. Unwrap and serve with pickled shallots.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

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Posted to the BBQ List by Garry Howard



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