Traditional “Portuguese Carnitas”

Traditional “Portuguese Carnitas”

Traditional "Portuguese Carnitas"Ingredients

1 cup really good quality barrel aged red wine vinegar
1 cup good quality dry white wine
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup (optional) UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
12 garlic cloves minced
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/4 cup sweet or hot paprika (depending on how spicy you like it)
2 dried bay leaves torn
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
fresh ground pepper to taste
3 Pounds boneless cubed pork shoulder cut in 1″ cubes, trimmed of excess fat

Place all the ingredients (except the bay leaves, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and pork) in a blender or the bowl of a food processor.  Process until well combined.  In a large sealable container, place the pork and add the marinade and bay leaves to it.  Mix the pork with the marinade to coat well and refrigerate for 4 days.

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Arrange the marinated pork cube in a single layer on a sheet pan.  Roast the pork in the upper part of the oven for 1 hour, flipping the pork after 1/2 hour so that all sides brown and caramelize.  Lower the heat to 350 F. and cover the pan with foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes until the pork is fork tender.

Optional Step
With the remaining 1/4 cup of UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you can re-fry the pork.  This results in a mind-boggling and absolutely spectacular crispy-crust on the exterior of the pork that is akin crisp bacon. To take this extra step, add the drained, oven roasted pork to a pan with EVOO set over medium-high heat.  Brown the pork in batches until crispy. <=== This is like insanity here, so be prepared for your reality to be forever altered.

Serve with crusty bread and/or mashed potatoes slathered with all the lovely pan juice.

Serves 6-8 generously