I am a little embarrassed to post this recipe. This has been one of my go-to potluck dishes for years. Every time I bring this somewhere, it is a huge hit. People love it. They think I have done some magical chefly act to create such deliciousness. They swoon. There are oohs and aahs. Meanwhile, I feel like a complete and total fraud. This magical recipe is, in fact, just 4 things combined and slow cooked together. Seriously not magical. Not chefly. Not even remotely hard. But so delicious!
When I am at the party receiving compliments on this pork, do I ever come clean that this is one of the world’s easiest dishes, or that I use pre-made salsa, or that I have no magical powers? Absolutely not! I just take all the compliments. I smile and say thank you. I say vague, ambiguous things like “yeah it was really nice pork” that suggest that actual magic did occur using special chef secrets. But friends, it did not. I just got pork, salsa, onions and garlic and cooked them up. I’ve decided to come clean, so now my fraudulently easy potluck dish is on display for the world to see. Make it the next time you need to bring something. And remember…don’t tell a word! Play it cool.
- 1 3-4 pound pork shoulder butt
- 2 cups green salsa
- 2 cups water
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup spring or green onions, chopped
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 TBLS vegetable oil (prefer grapeseed)
- Cooking Directions
- Trim the pork of excess fat and cut into chunks.
- Heat the oil in a heavy pan and brown well.
- Remove the pork from the pan and saute the garlic and onions until soft.
- Put the pork back in the pan along with the salsa, water, salt and pepper.
- Cook on a gentle low simmer for about 90 minutes, until the pork is tender. You could also use a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours.
- Taste for seasoning-it may need more salt. Serve with rice or tortillas.