I have a strange habit of watching the Food Network and reading cookbooks on Friday evenings.
This past Friday I decided I was in the mood for some carnitas tacos for Saturday night’s dinner (see my post on toting dinner every weekend to boyfriend/now fiance’s house) so I browsed through several cookbooks until I came across a recipe for Spicy Pulled Pork.
The recipe for the pork and pico di gallo can be found in the first Pioneer Woman cookbook.
A common sense note about pico: I really really really dislike raw onions in my food; so I have always stayed away from pico de gallo. Then on Saturday morning when I was putting this meal together I had a revelation (not to be confused with the Book of Revelations, I am not claiming to be a prophet).
Anyway my revelation was to grill only the onions and then add them to the pico. People, the results were so great! Say YES TO THE PICO (apparently I have been watching too much TLC).
Back to the task at hand. It was an easy recipe and made enough for at least two meals! I used a slow cooker instead of a roasting pan in the oven because I didn’t trust my oven not to burn down my semi-ghetto apartment while I was getting my hair “did” on Saturday morning. (Thanks, Rebecca!).
Once the meat was finished cooking in the slow cooker, I put it in a baking pan, put the baking pan in the oven and turned on the broiler for about 10 minutes to make the skin crispy. I then just shredded the meat and returned it to the slow cooker to keep warm with all the meat juices.
Sorta like a big pork pot roast with tex-mex flair.
The meat was so flavorful, but not spicy at all. I would probably bump up the spice next time, but regardless it was a yummy meal on flour tortillas with pico de gallo and mango salsa which I simply made by combining the following ingredients.
Fresh (or frozen) mango (about two cups, chopped)
1/2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp cilantro
1/2 cup grilled chopped red onions
I cannot type the abbreviation tsp. without thinking of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
The scene where the fairies are baking the cake and are trying to read the recipe. As a kid that was my favorite part of the movie.
When we were little, my sister Annie would do all the character voices in the movie.
She also did the voices from the mice in Cinderella which is funny at first but when combined with long road trips becomes highly annoying. Little sisters are great….