Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sweet Pork and Tomatillo Dressing

While we lived in Utah we became addicted to Cafe Rio's sweet pork salad. Now that we live on the other side of the US recipes like this are priceless! Now, I know that this isn't exactly the same, but all you who live near a Cafe Rio or Costa Vida can just turn your back and go get yourself the real thing. But for those of us less fortunates, here are some great recipes!

Sweet Pork

3 lb pork roast (butt or shoulder) I like tenderloin
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 t dried oregano
1 t powdered ginger
1 t salt
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 T dried minced onion
2 cans red enchilada sauce
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

Cook all the ingredients except the enchilada sauce and brown sugar in you crock pot all day. One hour before serving, remove pork and shred, dump out the cooking juices. Put shredded pork back in crock pot and add enchilada sauce and brown sugar, let cook for one hour. This will make a lot of pork. We like to do it Cafe Rio style with a fresh tortilla on the bottom and then piled high with pork, beans, rice, lettuce, pico, guacamole etc. It is also great as a tamale filling or for tacos, ok it is great anyway you eat it! Oh, and don't forget the dressing...

Tomatillo Dressing

Place all the following in a blender, blend until smooth:

3 tomatillos, cut into 1/4's
juice of half a lime
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 pkg dry ranch buttermilk dressing
1 cup fresh cilantro
4 green onions
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 t sugar
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, to taste*

*I usually put in less than half, it gets spicy fast and the longer the dressing sits the more spicy it gets.
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