Pork Arepas - Good Nature Pork

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Pork Arepas

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Servings: 6 - 8

Ingredients

  • (1) 2½- 3lb
    Good Nature® Boneless Pork Loin, cut into 1½” chunks
  • 1 pinch
    kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tbsp
    vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large
    white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves
    garlic, peeled & left whole
  • 1 cup
    chicken broth
  • 2
    chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 2 cups
    masarepa flour (pre-cooked masa, also called harina precocida)
  • 2½ cups
    water
  • -
    queso fresco or feta
  • -
    cilantro

Preheat oven to 325°F. Season pork with salt and pepper.

Add 2 tablespoons oil to a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown pork in two batches, about 25 minutes total; remove pork to a bowl. Add onion and garlic to the pan; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom. Add chipotle peppers and bay leaves. Return the pork to the pan, pushing the pork into the liquid so it’s almost covered by the broth (add more if necessary). Cover leaving a small crack between the lid and the pot. Place in oven and cook 1½ hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.

Just before the pork is done, combine the masarepa flour with salt and water. Let stand 5 minutes, then divide into 8 pieces. Roll each into a ball and flatten into ½” pieces.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the arepas, cover and cook until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn and cook uncovered, another 6 to 8 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Transfer to a sheet pan and place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining arepas and oil.

When pork is done, discard bay leaves, and shred pork with two forks. To serve, split arepas horizontally and fill each with pork, queso fresco, and cilantro.

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