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21 April 2019

Cuban Pork Recipe, Instant Pot Mini Duo

Cuban Pork by Adventures In RV Life

This Cuban Pork idea was found one day when I was searching for different ways to use some of the pork butt roast we cubed up, leftover from grinding the majority of it for sausage.   I’m sure you know that it feels like we eat the same meals every week, every month and it can get boring. But this Cuban Pork recipe is sure to spice up your “what’s for dinner” rut.

What I like best about the recipe is that I could put it in our Crockpot before going to work and it had all the spices we already enjoy, like cumin, and fresh garlic. It’s been a recipe that has stood the test of time after customizing it to our taste. (See end of blog for Crockpot info)

Christmas of 2018 I received the Instant Pot Due Mini which is the smallest of the Instant Pots. It’s perfect since my husband and myself never cook much more than 8 ounces of meat at a time and still manage to have leftovers.  Plus, we live in a 5th wheel full time where we try to minimize electric and water usage but do make large pots of certain recipes to be ‘thrifty.’


Cuban Pork Recipe, Instant Pot Mini Duo

By Adventures In RV Life, Melissa McElfresh

TIME: Prep: 5 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes (excludes heat up)

SERVINGS: 4 servings at 2 cups each

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb pork cut into 1-inch cubes (see Tips)
  • 1 lb sweet potato peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 orange, squeezed to yield approx ¼ cup juice
  • ½ cup water (see Tips)
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 TB ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground pepper

KITCHEN TOOLS:

STEPS:

  • Place pork in the bottom of the Instant Pot (single layer)
  • Pour in the orange juice and water
  • Sprinkle cumin, salt, and pepper on top of the pork
  • Top the pork with jalapeno and garlic slices
  • Pressure cook on high for 20 minutes, manual release
  • Add sweet potatoes and stewed tomatoes
  • Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes, manual release

TIPS:

  • Pork butt or shoulder roast are ideal cuts for this dish
  • You can use pork loin or thick pork chops as well
  • Don’t like things spicy?  Remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno
  • In place of water, chicken stock can be used
  • Buy oranges on sale and juice them into a freezer and microwave safe container, to store in the freezer.
  • Simply pop the frozen OJ in the microwave the thaw.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa, if desired

For the CrockPot

My favorite way to cook the Cuban Pork is in the CrockPot since all the flavors seem to meld together, unlike the Instant Pot’s quick cooking process.  To do Cuban Pork in the Crockpot dump all the ingredients except the water in the crock and cook on LOW for 3 – 4 hours.   Length of time will depend on: how hot your low setting is, how big of you cube your pork and if you prefer the pork to be so tender it almost falls apart.  So do not be shy, play around with the cook time and your CrockPot to find what works best for your family.

Thanks for reading and we will see you on our next Adventure!


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