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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Get in my Belly | Salsa Pork and Cheesy Polenta


I found this recipe on Cooking with Anne's blog. It's SO good and super easy. Perfect for a busy day or a big crowd. I changed the original recipe a bit.

Serve with avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and tapitio.

Salsa Pork and Cheesy Polenta
Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves: 6

Salsa Pork

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2 pounds pork loin or pork loin roast, trimmed of visible fat
16 oz Pico de Gallo salsa
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 chipotle chili peppers (Only use one if you like less heat.)
1 cup chicken stock
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles

Cheesy Polenta

4 cups chicken stock
1 cup finely ground corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:
1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot combine pork, cut in half to fit if necessary, with salsa, garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, chipotle peppers, salt, chicken stock, and green chiles. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally and turning pork once or twice during cooking time.

2. Remove pork from sauce and turn heat to high. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly.

3. While sauce is reducing, shred pork well. Add back into sauce and lower heat to keep warm.

4. For the polenta, heat 3 cups of the chicken stock and salt to boiling. Stir together remaining cup of stock and cornmeal until smooth. Whisk into boiling stock and reduce heat to low.

5. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until polenta is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese.

6. Serve salsa pork on top of polenta.

Funny story. My son's friend was over for dinner the first night I made this. He said, "Oh! This is so good. What do you call this stuff? Placenta?" Yep. 

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