Finally got to put the package of Frontera Garlicky Carnitas Slow Cooker Sauce to work! Seared a Pork Tenderloin and put it into the crockpot with the sauce and cooked it for 8 hours on low. Smelled amazing all day. Pulled the pork out and shredded it and returned to the sauce to hold until dinner. Hadn’t really planned the meal out but had plenty of rice. Served it simply over white rice, probably would have been great with some black beans and brown rice as well. Or in a tortilla with loads of condiments!
Got the idea I’d like a fresh slaw to go with the pork carnitas over rice. Here’s what I threw together: Red Cabbage 2 cups shredded; Carrot Shredded 1 cup; Zucchini Shredded 3/4 cup; Red Bell Pepper cut into thin strips 1 medium; Granny Smith Apple Shredded about 1/2 cup; whole cilantro leaves 1/2 cup. Combine all ingredients (tip: squeeze the liquid from the zucchini, I didn’t and it watered down the dressing!)
Dressing: 1/3 cup mayonnaise; 1 small jalapeno seeded and chopped; 1 small garlic clove minced; 1/2 cup cilantro roughly chopped; 1 teaspoon lime zest; 2 teaspoons lime juice; 2 teaspoons olive oil; salt and pepper to taste. Hot sauce would be an optional addition to taste. Put all dressing ingredients into the blender and blend until dressing is a nice bright green color! Next time I plan it ahead I’d use Jicama in place of Zucchini to give it even more crunch!
Truly a quick and simple meal. The pork carnitas had a very mild spiciness, the heat almost an after-thought. For those who prefer more mouth-burning, I’d add a bit of your favorite chili hot sauce at the table. Would also have been great with a nice dollop of freshly made guacamole or even just sliced avocado on top!
This is the second package of Rick Bayless’ simmer sauces that we’ve tried. The first was a mole that I served over boneless chicken thighs. Very Good. Have two more in the Pantry the Oaxacan Red Chile Mole Simmer Sauce for Chicken and the Key Lime Cilantro Taco Skillet Sauce for Shrimp & Fish.
Very natural products and truly make quick work of sauces that usually require a large amount of ingredients and time to simmer. You find the products here, I’m favorably impressed.
Eat Well…Be Well!