SLOW COOKER PORK CARNITAS TACOS

Adapted from bobbiskozykitchen NOTE: since my daughter moved in, I haven’t been doing the “crispy” step ๐Ÿ˜‰ she likes it juicy, and it’s all good to me ๐Ÿ˜‹ instead…ours drip like birria ๐Ÿ˜œ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ I also use dried chile pods, then strain them out. I sear my meats before placing in slow cooker.

4 pound pork shoulder
1 1/2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup lime juice
8 cloves garlic, rough chopped
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
18 small flour tortilla (can use corn if preferred)
Pico de Gallo
Fresh cilantro leaves

Place pork in the slow cooker, then add all of the other ingredients. Cook 6 to 8 hours. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat with two forks. Scatter the shredded meat on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon some of the liquid from the slow cooker over the meat.

Preheat the broiler to high. Cook the meat under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, toss the meat and cook an additional 3 minutes or until the meat has some crispy edges.

Meanwhile, wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for a minute or two so they are soft and warm.

Place some of the pork carnitas in a tortilla, top with pico de galla and some fresh cilantro leaves.

Serve with rice and beans

Serves 6 to 8

ENJOY!!

And some cotija cheese ๐Ÿง€ optional, like most toppings ๐Ÿ˜

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Chicken Fricassee

Adapted from Recipe Tin Eats – I follow Chef John a lot, but also Recipe Tin Eats ๐Ÿ˜‹ my gravy is a little thin, but that’s how my daughter wanted it ๐Ÿ™„ next time, like the last 50 years ๐Ÿคฃ I’ll do it by myself; it still all tastes good ๐Ÿ˜ it’d be easy to copy & paste recipe, however…the blog is done so nicely and easy to follow; here at link โคต๏ธ https://www.recipetineats.com/chicken-fricassee-quick-french-chicken-stew/

Serve over mashed potatoes….with a fresh salad on the side

We don’t drink, so the tiny bottles work best for us; use a wine you’d drink ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿท

Grilled Carne Asada Tacos

Being in Arizona, we’re lucky to have a lot of carnicerรญas around us…a LOT; meaning we can get it already marinated or have it put in a marinade. And the marinade at our favorite store is off the charts! Damn delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ Most of them are. If you don’t have that available, there are lots of mojo marinade recipes online. I’ve made my own before, and still do for slow cooker roasts, but they’ve got it DOWN. ๐Ÿ‘

I served it with salsa verde, salsa roja, cotija cheese, & lime for toppings, and Mexican rice & refried beans for sides; that I also got from same store.

Grilled Chicken Shish Kebab

Or Kabob if you prefer ๐Ÿ˜‰ grilled, after a couple of hours in a teriyaki marinade. Many recipes online, they can vary in many ways, so go by your own TASTE; soy sauce, water, brown sugar, ginger garlic paste, AND fresh grated (we love garlic) ๐Ÿง„. You can add orange juice, mango, pineapple ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜‹ Use what you have; make it work; like garlic powder, ground ginger, etc.. I didn’t time grill either. They cook fast because chicken (I used skinless boneless thighs) is cut up for skewers. I can tell by looking, but I always have my thermometer. Check a couple of the biggest pieces, and the temperature should be 165ยฐ.

I made chicken rice-a-roni as the side. I also had a cucumber salad ๐Ÿฅ’

Arizona in March

Grilled Sausage

Grilling again….still. today kielbasa & Louisiana Hot Links ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅต w/potato salad & a Greek pasta salad. ๐Ÿ˜‹ EASY
We like our kielbasa split, easier to eat. The hot links… not; keep the juices in ๐Ÿ–
#sausage #grilledsausage #louisianahotlinks #grilled #bbq
Just a little #stubbsbbqsauce for me ๐Ÿ˜

Grilled Pork Chops

And potatoes, green beans… ๐Ÿ˜‹

#grilling #grilledporkchops (I usually only buy bone-on). a big foil packet of #grilledpotatoesandonions #grilledgreenbeans w/mushrooms & red onion, also in foil packet.
I threw a couple of thin steaks on grill to slice up for salad ๐Ÿฅ—
I tossed the veggies in evoo, s, p, & garlic. I brined the chops in pickle juice ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ˜‹ seasoned w/s,p, smoked paprika, garlic powder & onion powder. I used Johnny’s Seasoning on steak. I rarely time things, but I did this time & so glad I did; everything was PERFECT ๐Ÿฅฐ #damndelicious
#grill

Potatoes took 30 minutes…or so ๐Ÿคญ green beans 8 minutes per side, pork chops 4 to 5 minutes per side or until thermometer reads 140ยฐ – 145ยฐ, let chops rest 10 minutes.

BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (or nachos ๐Ÿ˜œ) – No recipe needed really, but just in case…I’ll share one ๐Ÿ˜€ from npg solutions

Step 1 – Gather Ingredients

3 to 4 lb. package pork tenderloin or Boston Butt
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (reserve a small amount to add to your sandwiches when serving)
1 small onion, chopped
1 package hamburger buns or your favorite sandwich rolls

Optional: 1/2 cup Dr. Chek soft drink or cider vinegar

Step 2 – Combine Ingredients

Place pork, onion and barbecue sauce in slow cooker. For juicier pork, add 1/2 cup Dr. Chek (soft drink) or cider vinegar. Cover.

Step 3 – Slow Cook

Cook for 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH temperature setting. Remove pork from slow cooker. Using two forks, shred pork. Return pork to slow cooker to re-heat.

Step 4 – Serve and Enjoy!

Serve your pulled pork on sandwich rolls (slightly toasted, if desired). Add a squirt of the remaining barbecue sauce to each sandwich.

I seared it first… and cut it into 3 pieces.
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LASAGNA WITH RICOTTA AND MOZZARELLA – Lasagna con Ricotta e Mozzarella

Lidia‘s

– adapted from Lidia ๐Ÿ‘‰ RECIPE

Except I had parm and asiago (because we like it SO MUCH) ๐Ÿง€ from local Italian grocer ๐Ÿ˜‰ Dolce Vita

Or โžก๏ธ Grandma’s Best Lasagna is my usual recipe, close ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ‘Œ to Lidia’s, but dried pasta, ‘little’ differences ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜œ I used less sauce… until my daughter moved in ๐Ÿ™„ she likes a lot of sauce. She likes everything saucy ๐Ÿฅฐ She’s saucy. ๐Ÿคช ๐Ÿ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅซ๐Ÿง„

more sauce means more slide ๐Ÿคฃ it all tastes the same ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Now, it still has to rest!

A Break…or Burn ๐Ÿ”ฅ

I haven’t posted in a while because I had a fire and burned my hand and arm; second degree and partial thickness, multiple degrees…of course ๐Ÿซ . (I’ll add those pics at bottom; not appetizingโ€ผ๏ธ)

SOOOooo…I haven’t cooked ‘as much’ and when I have, it’s been stuff I already posted. That’s easier for me…when I don’t have to follow a recipe. Along with a lot of salads and ORDERING OUT, some good stuffโ€ผ๏ธ Even then it was a couple/few times of Salad and Go โคต๏ธ

Supplies

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