Since we've moved to North Carolina, I've been craving Latin food.
There's a large Hispanic community here, but (despite the welcome sight of a Taco Truck) I've yet to find cocina casero like you find on every street corner in NYC.
When you're handed a big bag of lemons, you start making lemonade.
So, this week's recipe for Saturday night eat-in is a quick and dirty version of pernil asado. Click here to see video instructions for another version.
Pair this meal with a youthful and fresh Portuguese Vinho Verde.
Leftovers can be used to make super delicious Cubanos, meaty and magnificent heroes made with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and dill pickles on Cuban rolls.
Mighty good eating, I say.
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 4 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 cup orange juice
* 1/2 cup dry sherry
* whole fresh lime, juiced
* zest of fresh lime
* 1 tbs cilantro, chopped
4 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed and tied
Mix all marinade ingredients in a glass or non-reactive metal mixing bowl. Place the pork in a large resealable plastic bag and then pour citrus marinade over meat, and seal.
Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning the bag over occasionally to thoroughly marinate the pork roast.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Transfer pork and marinade to a roasting pan, and place in the oven. Roast uncovered for half an hour, then cover and continue to oast for about an hour and 45 minutes, basting with pan juices occasionally, or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
Add small amounts of water to the pan if it dries out.
Roast uncovered to crisp the pork roast, then transfer the pork to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
For quick and easy sides, serve with Mahatma spicy saffron rice and seasoned pinto beans.