Servings: 4 to 5 servings
Cook Time: 4 hours
1 green pepper, minced
1 onion, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 (5-pound) pork shoulder
12 whole garlic cloves, slightly smash
3 envelops (1 1/2 tablespoons) sazon seasoning
1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
1/4 cup sofrito, recipe follows
1/4 cup diced pork
1/4 cup diced onions
2 tablespoon butter
2 envelopes (1 tablespoon) sazon seasoning
1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
2 cups long-grain rice
4 cups water
2 tablespoons sofrito
1 (16-ounce) can pigeon peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, to garnish
In a food processor add green pepper, onion, and cilantro. Pour in oil and mix well. Set aside 2 tablespoons for Spanish rice.
Cook’s Note: Can keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Cut off 2-slices (about 1/4-cup) of pork and set aside for Spanish rice.
Make at least 12-slits in pork with the tip of a very sharp knife. Put 1 clove of garlic in each slit. In a small bowl, mix together the sazon and adobo seasonings. Add 1/4-cup sofrito and stir together. Rub over entire pork shoulder.
Place pork in large roasting pan, wrap with foil and cook for 3 hours. Remove the foil and crank oven up to 400 degrees F and let cook additional 20 minutes until desired crispness.
For the rice:
In large saucepan on high heat, saute onions and reserved pork in the butter until lightly browned. Add sazon, adobo, rice, water and reserved sofrito. * Cook’s Note: Do not stir at any point.
Cook about 10 minutes on high or until the water begins to evaporate to almost the level of the rice. Add pigeon peas and cilantro. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low and let cook until water is totally evaporated and rice is tender. Remove from heat.
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Inspired by her early days of selling lunches as The Bag Lady, Paula Deen will host a Box Lunch to End Hunger, presented by The Bag Lady Foundation, Springer Mountain Farms, and Hoffman Media. This grab-and-go lunch event will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For a $15 donation at the door (no advanced tickets), guests will receive a box lunch prepared by Edgar’s Bakery featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken and Golden Flake potato chips, and have the opportunity to meet Paula Deen. Grab these delicious boxed lunches and take them back to your office or share with a friend or neighbor. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, which serves 12 counties in our area. For the price of one lunch, 135 meals or 65 pounds of food can be distributed to the food insecure in our area.
“Since September is Hunger Action Month, the timing of this event couldn’t be more perfect,” says Brian Hart Hoffman, Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media. “Paula Deen’s dedication to helping those in need and positively impacting people’s lives every day makes this event ideal for getting our community involved in the fight to end hunger in Central Alabama.”
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Sponsors for Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger include Golden Flake and Edgar’s Bakery.
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