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Sunday mornings were always special when I was growing up. That was the day that my Mom would always prepare a special brunch or almuerzo. My Dad's records of Javier Solís or Vicente Fernández would be playing in the back round as each one of us was given a chore to earn our Sunday allowance. One of my many favorites that my Mom would prepare was a dish called chicharrones en salsa. Chicharrones are thick pork rinds that can only be purchased in Mexican carnicerías (butcher shops) and specialty markets. They are nothing like what you buy out of a bag in the potato chip aisle. They are thicker and most times have a layer of tender pork carnitas that makes them extra special!
Yields up to 4 servings
3 tomatillos, roughly chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 or 3 Habanero or serrano peppers, stems removed
¼ of a small white onion, reserve the rest for recipe
1 clove garlic, sliced
¼ cup water
1½ teaspoons salt
You Will Also Need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 jalapeño or serrano, sliced into thin rings
1 pound prepared chicharrones, chopped
2 cups refried beans
6 to 8 corn tostadas
1. In the blender, combine all the ingredients for the salsa. Blend until smooth, taste for salt and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, preheat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes at medium heat. Add the onions and chile pepper rings and cook for 2 minutes. Add the salsa from the blender, bring to a boil, reduce heat and add the chicharrones. Continue cooking for 6 to 8 minutes or until the sauce reduces and chicharrones soften a bit.
3. Serve on tostadas with refried beans, warmed tortillas or fresh bolillo rolls. Garnish with green onions. Yields up to 4 servings.
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