Yucatecan Pork Shank
Yucatecan Pork Shank tastes great. A popular dish in the Yucatan, where it is traditionally cooked in a pit, it may be the most tender, flavorful pork
Akat de Codillos1 1/2 T recado rojo (recipe follows)1 c naranja agria juice (or lime juice)1 T salt5 pounds pork shanksBanana leaves, thawed if frozen or prepared if fresh (see below)Recado Rojo or Pasta de achiote, recado Colorado (Makes about 1 cup)1/2 c ground achiote1 T ground white pepper4 T salt1 T garlic power1 pinch ground cloves1 pinch ground allspice1 pinch ground oregano1/4 c white vinegar1/4 c waterCebolla para Cochinita Pibil, Chopped Pickled Onions (Serves 6)1 medium red onion – chopped1/4 c white vinegar1/4 c water3/4 t salt
- Akat de Codillos
- Make a marinade by mixing recado jojo, naranja agria juice and salt until well blended.
- Marinate the pork shanks in the marinade.
- Line a stockpot with the banana leaves, overlapping the leaves slightly and covering the bottom and sides of the baking dish well.
- Place the marinated pork in the banana-leaf-lined pot. Pour the remaining marinade over the meat, and fold the banana leaves over to completely cover the pork. Cover the stockpot.
- Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender to the point of falling apart with with a fork.
- Cebolla para cochinita pibil
- Whole chiles habaneros (optional)
- Recado Rojo
- Mix all of the ingredients in a nonreactive bowl (stainless steel or glass) until everything is well blended.
- Cebolla para Cochinita Pibil
- Place the chopped onion in a large bowl.
- Add the vinegar, water and salt. The onions should be completely covered.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15 minutes-in or out of the refrigerator-or serve immediately.
- Banana Leaves (if being prepared)
- Banana leaves must first be softened. The easiest way to do this is by passing the leaves quickly over a flame of a gas burner, being careful not to burn or char the leaves. You can also blanch in boiling water for a few second.
- For convenience, consider using frozen leaves that only need to be thawed.