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Timbers Chef Contest Recipe Entry #1



Widmer Hefeweizen Carnitas Tacos with Cotija and Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw

3 each corn tortillas, warmed

6 oz Hefeweizen Carnitas (Recipe Below)

3/4 oz crumbled cotija cheese

1 1/2 oz Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw (Recipe Below)

Add 2 oz of carnitas to each tortilla. Sprinkle 1/4 oz cotija over each taco, then top each one with 1/2 oz slaw.



Hefeweizen Carnitas

Yields 12 servings

2 each dried New Mexico or guajillo chiles

4 lbs skinless, boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), cut into 2-inch pieces

12 oz hefeweizen

4 each garlic cloves, lightly crushed

4 tsp kosher salt

1 each orange, halved

2 cups water, divided

Toast chiles in a dry large heavy pot over medium heat until slightly puffed and lightly darkened on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from pot; let cool. Stem chiles and halve lengthwise; discard seeds.

Bring chiles, pork, beer, garlic, salt, orange and half of the water to a boil in same pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pork is fork-tender, 60-80 minutes.

Uncover pork; simmer until liquid evaporates and pork begins to brown, 20-25 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pot, until pork is shredded and browned, 10-15 minutes.

Add remaining water to pork; cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, for about 1 minute.

Cilantro-Jalapeno Slaw

Yields 7.5 oz

4 oz green cabbage, finely shredded

2 oz red cabbage, finely shredded

1/2 each jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and minced

1 tsp minced cilantro

1/2 oz shaved red onion

1/2 oz Jalapeno Vinaigrette (Recipe Below)

1/4 each lime, juiced

Combine all ingredients and hold chilled.

Jalapeño Vinaigrette

Yields 1 1/4 cups

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 each jalapeño, seeded and minced

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp black pepper

To taste kosher salt

1 cup vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until emulsified. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Film Crew in Vancouver BC

Even on vacation we can’t escape the film industry. James Franco and Seth Rogan were filming in Robson Square as we were walking by. We walked past an SUV just as James Franco was getting inside. We weren’t fast enough to get a picture, but it was still awesome! Such a beautiful city.

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