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Recipe

Roasted Pork Chimichanga

  • Yield: 12 appetizer servings

Ingredients

  • 12 flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup creme fr‚iche
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1 ear sweet corn, fire roasted and kernels removed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • ROASTED PORK AND CARAMELIZED ONION FILLING:
  • 1 (5 to 5 1/2 pound) pork butt, bone in, untrimmed
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup canned chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 pound queso Fresco cheese or any meltable white cheese, such as Monterey Jack
  • CORN AND GOAT QUESO:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cups fresh sweet corn kernels, from 2 medium-size ears
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 medium-size fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

  • Preheat the fryer.
  • Fill each flour tortilla with 1/4 cup of the filling. Fold the sides in and roll the tortilla up. Secure each tortilla with 2 toothpicks. Fry a couple of the chimichangas at a time until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt. To serve, place each chimichanga on a serving plate. Spoon some of the Corn and Goat Cheese Queso over the top. Garnish with a dollop of cream frâiche, avocados, fire roasted corn kernels and parsley.
  • ROASTED PORK AND CARAMELIZED ONION FILLING: Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • Season the pork with salt and pepper. Place in a medium roasting pan and add 1/2 cup of water. Place in the oven and roast for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to 350ºF and continue to cook for 3 hours. Remove from the oven and cool completely. In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the onions are caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool completely. When the pork is cool, remove any excess fat and the bone. Shred the meat into bite-size pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine the pork, onions, chilies and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  • Yield: about 3 1/2 cups
  • CORN AND GOAT QUESO: In a medium size saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, corn, salt and cayenne and cook, stirring, for about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeno, stir to mix, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cheese and cream and stir until the cheese melts completely. Reseason if necessary. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Yield: about 4 1/2 cups