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Fat-Poached Carnitas with Green Chile Cabbage Salad, garnished with Homemade Kimchi topped off with Sriracha Marinade and wrapped in delicious naan

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Contributed by sinker, Jeremy Bowers
# Fat-Poached Carnitas * 3 pounds of boneless pork shoulder or uncured picnic ham (see note for how to select). * 0.25 to 0.50 cups of liquified fat (oil, lard or duck fat is acceptable) * 10 to 15 garlic cloves (roasted preferred) * 1 lemon, sliced into thin circles and those are quartered * coarse salt * black pepper 1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. 2. Cube pork shoulder in roughly 3-inch chunks. 3. Salt and pepper the cubes aggressively. 4. Stuff cubes tightly (very tightly) into the smallest, deepest baking dish available. 5. Stuff garlic and lemon between the cubes. 6. Pour fat over cubes to just cover. 7. Bake in oven for 5 hours. 8. Remove dish from oven. 9. Cover a sheet pan with foil. 10. With slotted spoon, remove the pork to the sheet pan and spread out in a single layer. 11. Turn on broiler. 12. Broil pork in sheet pan until it is somewhat blackened and crispy, probably 4-6 minutes. YMMV because broilers are ridiculous. 13. Remove from oven and tease with fork. ## Notes * A nice thick fat cap on the top of the pork is preferable. * Ask your butcher to remove any bones. * Do not use cured meat.
Contributed by sinker, Ross Donaldson
### Green Chile Cabbage Salad with Seared Corn This isn't a tradition, or even particularly traditional -- except in my apartment in Oakland, where I make this for myself ever time I make pork tacos. #### Ingredients * 1 green cabbage * 4 limes * 2 ears corn, or roughly two cups of corn kernels (adjust to desired corn-y-ness) * Dried, Powdered New Mexico Green Chile, to taste * Salt, to taste * Olive oil * Optional: some crumbled cotija or queso Oaxaqueno #### Directions 1. If using ears of corn, strip the kernels from them with a sharp knife. 2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil over high heat. I like to use a Dutch Oven for this, but the main cookware properties you want are heavy-bottomed and wide. 3. Toss the corn kernels in to the oil, spread them evenly, salt very lightly and let them ride. I _highly_ recommend a splatter guard for this step, but **not** a lid. You want the corn to dry out just a little and get a good sear. It's done when it's starting to get dark, a little chewy, and probably is sticking to the pan. 4. While the corn is going, core and chop the cabbage in to wide strips. 5. How's the corn doing? 6. Juice the limes. 7. How's the corn doing? If it's not done yet, grab a beer and hang out 'til it is. 8. The corn is done? Great. Toss it on top of the cabbage. Add a little salt, then a good hit of olive oil, then half-or-so of the lime juice. Toss in a good tablespoon or two of the green chile powder. Start stirring. 9. You want everything coated nicely, but I don't like the salad too oily, so go easy on that. I add lime until the sour balances the sweet of the corn. I add green chile slowly -- it takes a second to rehydrate and get hot. I might add as much as a half cup of the stuff to a salad for myself or spicy food fans like me; I go easier on the spice-unenthused. 10. Serve it! If you're in to tossing a little cheese on there, do it -- but I usually just eat it straight. Sometimes this goes on fish or chicken tacos; sometimes it's a side to richer pork tacos. It's always awesome. **Note on ingredients**: green chile is the gastronomical life blood of New Mexican cuisine, but it's little known in the other 49 states. I like a brand called [_Los Chileros de Nuevo Mexico_](http://www.loschileros.com/), which I can find sometimes in tiendas and other times at Whole Foods (go figure). The trick here is this: just don't accept substitutes. It's not the same. I've also had to accept that fresh chile is just not what this salad needs, so don't do that either (it doesn't distribute well enough across the cabbage). Do have this with cold, crisp beer. tags: vegetarian, vegan
Contributed by Ross Donaldson, sinker, Tim Murtaugh, Tim Murtaugh
Homemade Kimchi ========= Kimchi will take your taco in a decidedly unrestrained asian direction, but comfort zones were made to be broken. It takes some time to make, as fermentation needs to take place. It also may take some time to acquire a taste for it, but it's worth the effort. __Ingredients__ * 1 napa cabbage * 1/2 cup kosher salt * 12 cups cold water (more if needed) * 8oz daikon radish, cut into matchstick-size strips. * 4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces * 1/3 cup Korean red pepper powder * 1/4 cup fish sauce * 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger * 1 tablespoon minced garlic * 2 teaspoons minced Korean salted shrimp * 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar __Directions__ 1. Split the cabbage in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 2-inch pieces; discard the root. Put the cabbage into a large bowl with the salt and toss until the salt is evenly distributed. Add cold water to cover, making sure the cabbage is submerged. Cover with saran wrap and let it sit at room tempurature anywhere form 12-24 hours. 2. Drain the cabbage and rinse in cold water. Gently squeeze to get as much liquid out as you cam, and set the cabbage aside in a smaller bowl. 3. Add the remaining ingredients to the large bowl and mix it all up. Add the cabbage and toss until the cabbage is thoroughly covered. 4. Pack it all into a 2 quart glass jar and close it up. Make sure you get a tight seal. 5. Stick the jar in a dark place for about 24 hours. Open the lid to let out the gasses that have been wanting to get out, then close it up again and put it in the fridge. 6. Wait two more days, and voila, you have kimchi. Some people sya that it's best to wait at least a week before eating; it will last about a month. Lots of other vegetables can be added; play around with it. __Puréed Kimchi__ Thanks to Momofuku, we know that puréeing kimchi takes a lot of the sweater smell out of it, and creates a smoother and rounder flavor, and is fantastic for squeezing onto tacos.
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Sriracha Marinade =================== Alone on a Saturday night, I put on Iron Maiden, cubed up a pork chop and whipped this marinade together: * 2-3 Tbs sriracha sauce * couple pinches of Mexican Oregano * good shake of smokey paprika * tsp or so of ground ancho chile * pinch of salt Get this coated nicely over everything before frying or grilling on high heat. tags: vegetarian, vegan
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naan ===================== Naan bread can be purchased or made. It is easier to buy it at a store. Naan bread is a flatbread that tends to be fluffy and easy to tear apart.