I’ve never…other than bacon…made pork. EVER! No pork chops, tenderloins or anything. It’s never been appetizing to me or something I wanted to try. That said, recently, friends of ours (and one of the sous chef’s co-workers) invited us over for dinner. While they were kind enough to prepare food for my gluten-free diet, they prepared pork as the main dish. I sat down frightened, as I don’t ever eat it, but thought to myself, “Well, what can it hurt?! They certainly prepared it well!” After one bite, I was impressed.
Thus, it intrigued me to see what I could do. After ordering two cookbooks that tailor to the gluten-free diet, I decide to try this pork carnitas recipe from Carol Fenster’s 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes. Wait a second. I take that back. I was having a hectic day planning for the sous chef’s family coming in town, so I must give credit to the sous chef. He is actually the one that threw everything in the slow cooker! He deserves the credit
The family thought it was great, as did I, and we served it with Roasted Broccoli. Whether you eat gluten free or not, I think you should try this!
1 (1 lb) pork tenderloin or pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
1/2 cup gluten-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup gluten free salsa
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut the pork tenderloin into 1/2 inch chunks and add to the slow cooker that has been coated with cooking spray.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, pour over the pork and cover. Cook 6 hours in a slow cooker on low heat.
Serve the pork as a main dish, spooning the sauce over it. Or shred the pork and serve it as a filling for tacos, using the remaining liquid as a sauce.
As you can see from the recipe, there’s nothing that makes this blaringly gluten free other than making sure you get gluten free chicken broth (not hard) and gluten free salsa (definitely not hard in Texas). Thus, if you are someone who does not need to eat gluten free, don’t hesitate to use the chicken broth and salsa YOU prefer. Enjoy!