Here’s another Christmas Eve recipe for you, Pernil. It’s a bone-in pork shoulder slow-cooked in herbs and spices. You will need to spend quite some time in the kitchen, but the result is truly superb.
Pernil is a Latin American dish traditionally served on Christmas Eve. It usually makes an appearance more than once during the Christmas season. For two reasons:
- It’s a large cut of meat
- It is so tasty.
I love cooking Pernil, it’s a true labor of love for me. Thankfully, this recipe is rather simple.
The first step is to cut into the meat to create slits and pockets. Then the other ingredients are blended together to make a flavor-packed marinade. The marinade is poured all over the meat. No need to marinate, it goes straight into the oven. Slow roasting comes next checking regularly and turning halfway through cooking. As I said, it’s a labor of love, but don’t be afraid to put the work into this recipe, the results are phenomenal.
The scent of the Pernil will make you salivate while it is cooking. However, the most exciting step is cutting into the meat. It will just fall away in a juicy tumble. It will be impossible to avoid popping the first slice in your mouth, so go ahead, do it!
I should point out that you really don’t need a knife to eat Pernil, it will fall away from the bone very easily, allowing you to shred the meat quickly and easily.
You can create a Christmas Eve feast using Pernil, just add rice and beans, tostones, tomato salad, stewed beans or whatever you fancy. The result will be a very tasty and rather exceptional meal to share.
As I mentioned, you will likely have leftover Pernil, but worry not, you can rustle up some tacos or sandwiches a day or two later. Don’t worry about the meat drying out, it wont, Pernil will continue to stay juicy and tasty until you’ve gobbled up every morsel.
Pork shoulder is shrouded in skin which helps to keep the Pernil moist. I’m not a fan of the skin, so I simply cut it away when serving. However, if you want to enjoy the skin don’t let me stop you.