Whole30 Loaded Tostones with Pulled Pork Carnitas and Avocado Crema
Posted on February 05 2020
I absolutely love these. Carnitas is my favorite preparation for pork and this recipe is delicious. Reducing the cooking liquid then adding it to the chopped up carnitas is the key to incredible flavor. You can cook the meat and reduce the liquid a day or two before then reheat for service. This recipe is great for tacos too if you happen to have some Paleo AIP Tortillas from Paleo on the Go on hand. Oh and the Avocado Crema is another simple sauce that is great on so many things!
Loaded Tostones with Pulled Pork Carnitas and Avocado Crema
Makes 16 appetizers
- 2 lb pork butt, cut into cubes
- 3 Tbl. Olive oil
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 T. lime juice
- 1 tsp. dry oregano
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup chicken stock
Season meat with salt and saute in instant pot until browned all over. Add all of the other ingredients and close the lid. Set to high pressure for 70 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Remove pork to a cutting board and shred. Turn instant pot back to saute mode and reduce the juices down to 1/2 cup. Add pork back to the pot and mix well to combine. Spread pork mixture out on a parchment lined sheet tray and bake at 450° for 5 minutes until browned and crispy. Toss the meat with the reduced juices.
- 3 green plantains peeled and cut into 1 “ chunks
- 2 cups avocado oil
- 3 tsp. sea salt
Heat oil in a saucepan. Add plantain chunks. Simmer for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oil and cool. Press the plantain chunks into disks using a heavy pan or a tortilla press. Bring oil up to heat again until 360°. Carefully add the plantain disks to the oil and fry until golden brown.
- 1 ripe Haas avocado
- 1 T. coconut cream
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- 2 tsp. minced cilantro
Remove flesh from the skin of avocado and put it into a small food processor bowl. Add the other ingredients and puree until smooth.
Lay out the tostones, top with a spoonful of carnitas and a small dollop of crema.