These past two months have probably been the busiest months during the whole year. After almost one year, my second business as a school lunch meal delivery program has taken off! I can proudly say that I now own two successful businesses. In exchange, my work hours have extended from 8 hours to 12. Every day I would look at my list of tasks to complete and stare at the bottom chore, “write a blog post,” with hesitation. I’m not sure how other food bloggers manage but maintaining a website while working long hours is definitely a challenge!
I finally decided that it has been too long and I must share the list of recipes I’ve been holding onto for the last month. A while back I created a fusion Mexican carnitas torta, combining California cuisine with Mexican. Instead of the typical pork, guacamole, cheese sandwich, I decided to give this torta an update. Fried avocado, fresh pico de gallo, slow-braised pork, Monterey Jack cheese, and roasted jalapenos complete this beauty of a sandwich. My mouth is salivating just remembering how delicious this torta was…
**Helpful Tips and Common Mistakes
Braised meats may be one of my favorite ways to enjoy red meats. Sure the cooking takes a while but the end result is completely worth it. Not to mention that once you put the meat in the oven, all you have to do is wait!
For this Mexican carnitas torta, you will be preparing more traditional carnitas. Prepare the meat either in the oven or in the slow cooker for a tender, fall-apart pork sandwich. If preparing in the slow cooker, it will take about 6 hours. When the pork is ready, it should easily shred with just the help of 2 forks.While the pork is cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients. The chipotle aioli, roasted jalapeno and pico de gallo can all be prepared the day before. In fact, I suggest you make the pico de gallo at least one hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
Fry the avocado and you are almost ready to enjoy this torta! Bread the avocado just as you would if you were making chicken parmesan. Coat the sliced avocado in flour, shaking off the excess. Dip in the egg then coat the avocado in panko to create a crispy exterior. Fry until golden brown and set aside.
Assemble the Mexican carnitas torta, sit back and enjoy this beautiful sandwich you’ve put together! I admit this was one of the more labor-intensive sandwiches I’ve created but wow, it was amazing. Now it’s time to kick off my shoes and relax.
If you happen to have extra carnitas, simmer it in chipotle mojo sauce and make these awesome chipotle mojo pork tacos!
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