Achiote recado pork

Serves 6

  • 6 higher-welfare pork chops

  • For the Achiote recado

  • 2 tbsp annatto seeds

  • 4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 onion, cut ino 8 wedges

  • 1 tbsp ground allspice

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp saffron threads

  • 2 tbsp ancho chili powder, or other Mexican chilli powder

  • 200 ml orange juice

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 50 ml cider vinegar

  • For the chilli-fried onion rings

  • 6 tbsp flour

  • 6 tbsp chilli powder, or paprika

  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced on a mandolin

Recipe by Andy Harris



1. Place the annatto in a small saucepan, cover with a small cupful of cold water, bring to the boil then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the seeds to steep for a few hours then drain them in a colander, reserving the liquid.



2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Place the garlic and onion in a small roasting tin and roast for 45 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a plate, allow to cool, then remove the garlic skins. Roughly chop the garlic and onion on a wooden board.



3. Place the garlic and onion mixture in a food processor with the drained annatto, allspice, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cumin seeds, oregano, saffron, chilli powder and 1 tablespoon of sea salt and blend to a rough paste. Add the orange and lime juice, cider vinegar and about 4 tablespoons of the reserved annatto liquid then blend briefly again to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large nonreactive bowl.



4. Place the pork chops in the marinade, cover with clingfilm and marinate for 3–4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.



5. Remove the pork chops from the fridge and bring to room temperature. Preheat a barbecue or cast-iron griddle pan to a medium heat. Cook the pork chops, turning once, for 6–10 minutes each side depending on thickness, occasionally adding some more marinade with a brush during cooking. When done, move the pork chops to a board and leave them to rest for a couple of minutes.



6. For the onion rings, place the flour and chilli powder in a large bowl, season well and mix to combine.



7. Very carefully heat the oil in a large saucepan to 180C (always be alert when deep-frying). Place the onion slices, in batches, in the flour and coat well. Shake off the excess flour and carefully lower the onion slices into the oil. Cook for 1–2 minutes, in batches, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, then drain on kitchen paper and keep them warm while you cook the remaining onions.



8. Transfer the onions to a bowl and serve with the pork chops, whole or cut up.

Nutritional Information

Achiote recado pork

With chilli-fried onion rings

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Recipe by Andy Harris

1. Place the annatto in a small saucepan, cover with a small cupful of cold water, bring to the boil then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the seeds to steep for a few hours then drain them in a colander, reserving the liquid.

2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Place the garlic and onion in a small roasting tin and roast for 45 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a plate, allow to cool, then remove the garlic skins. Roughly chop the garlic and onion on a wooden board.

3. Place the garlic and onion mixture in a food processor with the drained annatto, allspice, coriander seeds, cinnamon, cumin seeds, oregano, saffron, chilli powder and 1 tablespoon of sea salt and blend to a rough paste. Add the orange and lime juice, cider vinegar and about 4 tablespoons of the reserved annatto liquid then blend briefly again to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large nonreactive bowl.

4. Place the pork chops in the marinade, cover with clingfilm and marinate for 3–4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

5. Remove the pork chops from the fridge and bring to room temperature. Preheat a barbecue or cast-iron griddle pan to a medium heat. Cook the pork chops, turning once, for 6–10 minutes each side depending on thickness, occasionally adding some more marinade with a brush during cooking. When done, move the pork chops to a board and leave them to rest for a couple of minutes.

6. For the onion rings, place the flour and chilli powder in a large bowl, season well and mix to combine.

7. Very carefully heat the oil in a large saucepan to 180C (always be alert when deep-frying). Place the onion slices, in batches, in the flour and coat well. Shake off the excess flour and carefully lower the onion slices into the oil. Cook for 1–2 minutes, in batches, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, then drain on kitchen paper and keep them warm while you cook the remaining onions.

8. Transfer the onions to a bowl and serve with the pork chops, whole or cut up.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 505
    25%
  • Carbs 20.9g
    8%
  • Sugar 7.2g 8%
  • Fat 32.3g 46%
  • Saturates 8.1g 41%
  • Protein 31g 69%
Of an adult's reference intake

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