Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Easy Chicharron

So I always wanted to make chicharron at home but never actually even tried because of all the work that goes into it. Fortunately I found an easier way!!
Chicharron is deep fried pork belly. It is very popular in Colombia for parties, holidays or just part of the bandeja paisa (Colombia's typical dish). You can find it in any Colombian restaurant in the US or the pork meat to make it yourself at home. But the bad part is it takes a long time and unless you have a deep fryer outside, your whole house will smell like fried food for days to come. Recently I got creative and found a much easier way, I couldn't believe how good it tasted when I finally had it.  The only difference is that mine doesn't have the crispy delicious skin on it which I think is why it's so much easier, but hey look on the bright side, It's just a little bit healthier this way! hahahaha. Here's all you have to do. 
Here's what you need:

  • 1 lb of pork loin ribs (comes in long strips)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • About 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • salt, garlic powder, cumin 
Here's what to do:
 cut your strips of pork length wise to end up with thinner strips.

make small cuts on only one side of the strip.

Season your pork with salt, garlic powder and a pinch of cumin.

Cook the pork in water on med. heat for about 30 minutes (covered).

Heat your oil and on med. low and when it's hot transfer your pork into the oil.

Fry for about 15 - 20 minutes.

It should be brown and crispy, keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't burn.

Don't forget to drain on paper towels.

That's it! Enjoy!!

It taste just like you've been making it all day minus the skin. It's really good and perfect for whenever you just want a yummy snack and don't feel like spending all day in the kitchen!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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