Friday, March 25, 2011

friday night senior's dinner



Our friends just left after a senior's dinner, food on the table at 5:15, oh how things change with an eight month old at the table!

We had one of Matt's favourite meals and I thought I'd share!

Pulled Pork Tacos with Chipotle Slaw and Lime Sour Cream

Pulled Pork
2 cups store-bought salsa
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
kosher salt
2.5 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat

In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the pork and turn to coat.
Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and pulls apart easily, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Using 2 forks, shred the pork (I remove the fat, I think Matt dies a little that I do that) and stir into some of the cooking liquid. 

Chipotle Slaw
1 small red cabbage, finely sliced (I use a mandolin)
4 chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
juice of 2 limes
zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp achiote powder
1/tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Combine everything in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve (can be made the day before).

Lime Sour Cream
1 small container sour cream
juice and zest of a lime

Whisk together, season with salt and pepper.

I'm bit of a purist and don't add anything extra to mine
4 avocados
juice of 2 limes
1 clove of grated garlic
sea salt

Mash the avocados on a plate with the lime juice and garlic, add salt and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fresh Salsa
6 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 a jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (leave the seeds in if you want it spicier!)
1 clove of grated garlic
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper

Combine everything in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Assembly
small bowl of chopped cilantro and chopped green onion 
small bowl of crumbled queso fresco (you could use grated cheddar)
corn tortillas heated in foil in the oven
pulled pork
chipotle slaw
lime sour cream
fresh salsa

We put it all on the table and let everyone make their own tacos. Super tasty and there's always leftovers!

1 comment:

nana wendy said...

The tacos look so yummy - looking forward to our invitation to dinner!
Love Nana.