Cochinita Pibil

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Title: Cochinita Pibil
Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Meats, Mexican


3 1/2 lb (to 4-1/2) pork --
End of loin -- with fat
2 ts Salt
2 tb Seville orange juice (see
Spice grinder
1 tb Achiote seeds (heaping)
1/4 ts Cumin seeds
1/4 ts Oregano
12 Peppercorns
3 Whole allspice
40 Milliliters Garlic -- peeled
1/8 ts Powdered chile seco (may
Substitute hot paprika)
1 ts Salt
3 tb Seville orange juice -or-
Mild white vinegar
2 lg Pieces banana leaf
Dutch oven
The wrapped meat
1/2 c Cold water
1/2 c Onion -- very finely
3 Chiles habaneros -- very
Finely chopped
1/2 ts Salt
2/3 c Seville orange juice

Pierce the pork all over and rub in the 2 teaspoons salt and 2 tablespoons
orange juice. Set aside while you prepare the seasoning paste.

Grind the achiote seeds, cumin, oregano, peppercorns and allspice together
to a fine powder.

Crush the garlic together with the chile seco, salt and 3 tablespoons
Seville orange juice and mix with other powdered spices. The mixture should
be a thick paste. Coat the pork with the paste.

Lightly sear the banana leaves over a bare flame to make them more
flexible. Wrap the meat up in them and leave to season in the refrigerator
for at least six hours or overnight. ON SERVING DAY: Preheat oven to 325
degrees. Place a rack at the bottom of the Dutch oven and cover the dish
with a tight fitting lid. Cook for 2 1/2 hours. Turn the meat and baste it
well with the juices at the bottom of the pot. Cook for another 2 1/2
hours, or until the meat is soft and falling off the bone.

Meanwhile, prepare the salsa: mix all ingredients together. Set aside to
season for about 2 hours. Serve in a separate dish.

After cooking, shred the meat roughly. Pour the fat and juices from the pan
over it. Serve hot, with tortillas and the sauce so that each person can
make his or her own tacos.

NOTE: A rough approximation of Seville orange juice may be attained through
the following: For 1/2 cup blended juice, combine 1 teaspoon finely grated
grapefruit rind, 3 tablespoons orange juice, 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Recipe from _The Cuisines of Mexico_ by Diana Kennedy

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