Your New Culinary Addiction Will Be Cuban Fried Pork Cubes

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This recipe can be halved, doubled or even tripled to suit your needs, whether you're cooking for a crowd or a cozy dinner for two.

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While Americans indulge in fried chicken wings oftentimes drenched in buffalo sauce, Cubans savor masitas de puerco— fried pork cubes bathed in delicious Cuban mojo. These savory bites are a culinary addiction with an insatiable enticement. So, get ready.

The beauty of this dish lies in its versatility. Whether served as a tantalizing appetizer or alongside comforting rice and black beans, masitas de puerco never fail to delight. Just go for it, relish the flavors, and don’t hesitate to enjoy every last drop of the deliciously piquant mojo that drips from your fingers— no judgement here.

This recipe can be halved, doubled or even tripled to suit your needs, whether you’re cooking for a crowd or a cozy dinner for two. Masitas de puerco offers a taste of Cuban tradition that’s easily adaptable to fit any occasion.

iBuen provecho!

Masitas de Puerco (Fried Pork)

Servings 8 people

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Using a chef's knife, cube the pork butt into 3" square cubes.
  • Sprinkle the cubed pork with adobo and cumin, massaging the spices into the pork.
  • Place the seasoned pork cubes in a large glass mixing bowl. Pour the sour orange juice over the pork, mixing to coat every piece of pork with juice.
  • Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours; however, the longer the pork marinates, the better. Ideally, prep the day before cooking and allow the pork to marinate for 24 hours.
  • Remove the marinated pork from the refrigerator an hour before cooking so that it can reach room temperature.
  • Place the pork in a large caldero (Dutch oven) over high heat, cover with oil and cold water, and bring to a boil.
  • Once it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Partially open the lid and leave partially uncovered. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid to allow the water to evaporate and continue simmering for an hour.
    The pork should be golden brown. If the pork has not browned, continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Prepare a plate by placing a few paper towels on top to receive the pork. Once golden brown, remove the pork from the caldero using a spider strainer and put it on the paper towels.

For plating:

  • Transfer the pork cubes onto a platter or large dish and pour the mojo over top, garnishing with fresh oregano.

Notes

Notes on including your child(ren): Sharpen fine motor skills and provide sensory play by tasking your little chef(s) with squeezing the sour orange and measuring the ingredients. Build their critical thinking skills by asking them to predict what each ingredient will smell, feel, and taste like. Will it be sour, salty, or tasteless? Then, let your little chef(s) turn their mise en place activity into a science experiment, having them taste, smell, feel, and report back.
Your older chef(s) can sharpen their knife skills (pun intended) by cubing the pork into 3″ square cubes. Invest in a finger guard for your little chef(s) until they can complete this task safely and independently. Lastly, remember that a dull knife is a dangerous knife, so sharpen your knife before tasking your little chef(s) with this activity.
Calories: 1342kcal

Nutrition

Serving: 6oz | Calories: 1342kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 125g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 98g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 4mg

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