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Fried Crisp Pork with Chile-Peanut Sauce
Salsa Guajillos y Cacahuates:
2 cups water
4 guajillos -- stemmed, seeded
2 anchos -- stemmed, seeded
5 chile de arbols -- stemmed, seeded
1/4 pound tomatillos -- husked
1 white onion -- peeled, quartered
2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup roasted peanuts
2 1/2 cups water
10 bunches thyme
2 sprigs oregano
1 medium white onion -- quartered
5 garlic cloves
2 pounds boneless pork butt -- diced 1/2" pieces
2 pounds lard
Warm corn tortillas
For the Salsa: In a small saucepot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
In a cast-iron skillet, toast the chiles until they start to smoke and blister. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl and cover with boiling water.
In the same cast-iron skillet, toast the tomatillo, onion, and garlic until soft and they char a little.
Put the soaked chiles, peanuts, onion, tomatillo, and garlic in a food processor with the chile water. Puree until smooth, and season with salt and pepper.
For the Carnitas: In a large stockpot, heat 2 1/2 cups of water with the thyme, oregano, white onion, garlic, and salt. When it comes to a boil add the diced pork butt and cook covered for 1 hour. Remove and drain.
In a large Dutch oven, heat the lard. When lard is smoking, sear the pork to brown all sides. Remove and serve with warm tortillas, guajillo-peanut sauce, radishes, and shredded lettuce.
This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.