As winter winds down and spring starts ramping up here in sunny Arizona, many of us find those last few oranges and grapefruits hanging on to the trees. You have peeled and eaten them, juiced them, given them away.... so what to do now........cook with them!!!!
The longer on the tree the sweeter they become, a great addition to savory dishes. I made a marinade utilizing the juice of the grapefruits, married with savory herbs and spices. It is great for chicken or pork. Whether you want to roast a whole chicken, grill some skinless/boneless chicken breasts or a pork tenderloin, this marinade goes a long way to enhance the flavor of any of these meats.
The juice of two or three grapefruits, 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, two cloves of smashed garlic, a couple pinches of dried oregano and basil, a pinch of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Whisk it together and pour it over the meat, letting it marinade anywhere from 6 hours to overnight.
Oranges have many opportunities to enhance the savory side of the dinner table, no matter if you are using chicken, pork, beef, or even vegetable dishes. Pork being one of my favorite food groups, (well in my opinion it should be a food group) there is nothing like Pork Carnitas. Now my version may not be the most authentic of Mexican cookery, but I guarantee it is delish and easy. I use a slow cooker process, the good ole crock pot......set it and forget it!
Start with a 2-2 1/2 pound pork shoulder. Rub it with olive oil, salt/pepper, and a couple teaspoons of oregano and cumin. Put it right into the crock pot, then add the juice of 3 oranges and throw a couple of the orange halves in with the pork, two cloves of whole garlic, a half white onion and one jalepeno (seeded) both rough chopped. Top with a half bottle of blue moon beer (drink the other half) and set crock pot on high and let it cook for 6-8 hours, or until tender. Remove the pork and shred. For an authentic crispiness to the meat after shredding place in oven under the broiler on high to crisp it up, should take about 5 minutes. Serve with tortillas and your favorite salsa.