Thursday, January 13, 2011

Caribbean Fajitas

In an effort to expand my taste buds' horizons (I'll  be the first to admit that they are each quite sheltered), I whipped up this meal featuring pernil, which is supposedly a Caribbean favorite.  It was a breeze to make from the beginning to the end, and it was fun to prepare the night before (I get intense satisfaction out of juicing oranges).  Yesterday I was feeling a bit funky and had no appetite (what!?!?!), but I found this to be quite delicious despite my stomach's lack of desire.  It was a bit sweeter than I'm accustomed to, but was balanced out with a nice dose of savory.  It is also quite healthy since most of the fat is removed (I spent an hour sawing fat off of my hunk of meat while I watched Dr. Zhivago), and Al actually asked me if he could take this to school with him today.  Did he?  Well, no.  I blame his forgetfulness on his lack of sleep (video games).  Rating 7/10.
  • Cooked pernil (I didn't change anything from the original recipe from Gina's Skinny Recipes)
  • Tortillas- I used La Tortilla Factory's low-carb variety and found them to be pretty darn good
  • Spinach
  • 1 sweet onion (or red onion)
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime- juiced

While the pernil is in its final hour of cooking prepare the pineapple salsa.
Dice the pineapple and the red pepper (or just give them a whirl in a small food processor).
Combine the pineapple, red pepper, cilantro, and half of the lime juice in a bowl and adjust to taste.  You may want to add more lime juice or more cilantro.  Refrigerate.
Just before the pernil is finished cooking saute the sweet onion.  Prepare the onion however you want it (diced, sliced into wedges...).
Drain the pernil and replace in pot.
Shred with two forks and spoon over the tortilla.
Top with spinach, onion, pineapple salsa, BBQ sauce, rice, whatever!

I bought a 3-lb chunk of pork shoulder, and I found that it was enough to serve 2-3 people. Three pounds looks like a lot, but fat is a hefty component of the meat and the meat shrinks down as it cooks.

1 comment:

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Great idea Krista!! How were they?