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  • RE: Crispy Carnitas .... OMG !!!

    Yesterday my home was filled with the most tantalizing aroma ... I used the recipe that was recently posted in Mark's blog for Crispy Carnitas. It is so fracking amazing ! I'm still rather blown away by the fact that I have never eaten Carnitas. I grew up in a small Texas town where the primary foods are either barbecue or Mexican. Living in Santa Fe, NM for close to five years, one would assume I would have eaten it there too, but no. Not one single time .... until now.
    I've grown up eating what I hunted myself, from venison to javelina, with the random small game thrown in here and there, along with interesting and tasty tidbits of barbecued marrow-gut, cabrito, even mountain oysters. SO ... HOW did I miss out on the Carnitas ?
    Last night's dinner was sublime, genuine mouth watering bliss .... the meat literally fell apart, and the natural fat kept it moist and so rich tasting.
    I made "tacos" with large leaves of romaine, piled high with the meat, and finished off with finely chopped sweet onion and a liberal squeeze of fresh lime juice. It was so wonderful, I ate the same thing this morning !

    This morning I checked the ads for the local grocery store and now I even happier ... the pork shoulder/butt price is at $1.00 per pound ! OMG ... going to the store later for more ! (hhhmnnn ... and more romaine and fresh limes too !) I would be jumping up and down if it was pastured pork, but nonetheless, I am thrilled !

    THANK YOU MARK for an amazing recipe !
    Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.





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    That would be this recipe: Crispy Carnitas | Mark's Daily Apple
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    • #3
      Don't forget cilantro! Love carnitas with a squeeze of lime and lotssss of fresh cilantro.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by j3nn View Post
        Don't forget cilantro! Love carnitas with a squeeze of lime and lotssss of fresh cilantro.
        YES! That is exactly what I was going to say.

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        • #5
          OMG you just made me so hungry! I've been wanting to make that carnita recipe for ages, but our grocer has been out of pork butt for a while and its $15 a kg at our butchers, which makes it a big expensive. Might have to get some anyway. Soooo good!
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          • #6
            I love crispy carnitas so much too! Lime, cumin, cilantro, garlic....there is no limit to the ways to jazz it up
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            • #7
              Yes Carl ... that's the one !
              Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.




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              • #8
                I did this earlier in the week - so great that it lasts so long!

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                • #9
                  It is surprising that you come from both of those places and hadn't had carnitas... but I can resonate to an extent. I just started eating pork this past year when I lived in south america. I had no idea it was SO good.
                  So last week I decided to learn how to cook it (I am quite a good cook in most other categories but pork is definitely not a meat I'm familiar cooking with). These carnitas are amazing. Instead of doing it in the oven I put the pork booty in a slow cooker for a few hours and then shredded the meat and broiled it into crispy, fat caramelized goodness. I added some extra spices as well because I'm a spice feind. YUM.
                  (Also, impressive that you have always hunted yourself. Very cool!)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by canotryss
                    think so,Don't forget cilantro! Love carnitas with a squeeze of lime and lotssss of fresh cilantro.
                    Love cilantro too - though it is coriander here in UK. Doesn't stop it being awesome though!!

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                    • #11
                      New here, hello everyone!

                      What would be the macro-nutrient breakdown for such a dish? Any brainstorming thoughts?
                      (with the given ingredients quantities express in the recipe )
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                      • #12
                        Wow, that looks fantastic! I wish I'd found that recipe before I made crock pot carnitas last night. Mine were good, but THAT looks heavenly.

                        Sadly, I am one of those people who don't like cilantro. So I sub flat leaf or regular parsley or skip it altogether.
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                        • #13
                          I picked up more pork butt this week, planning to make another batch in a week or so .... it's just sooooo good !
                          Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.




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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post

                            Sadly, I am one of those people who don't like cilantro. So I sub flat leaf or regular parsley or skip it altogether.
                            Yep. Me too. Cilantro and arugula. Yuck!
                            I'm soo making the crispy carnitas tomorrow.

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                            • #15
                              I highly recommend avocado, salsa, and sour cream (if you're a dairy-doer) with the carnitas. Although it is so good it might actually make you crazy!
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