Being a chef, I really love it when a movie features interesting food. Some movies go all out with the food (Big Night, Like Water For Chocolate, Chocolat...), and that's fine. But every now and then something will show up that really tickles me.
Take the following. Once Upon A Time In Mexico, directed by Robert Rodriguez. One of the running gags in the movie has Johnny Depp's character killing various chefs in restaurants where the Puerco Pibil is not up to par. I've always wondered about that Puerco Pibil...
Well, the recipe shows up as part of the DVD's special features. Check it out. Not for the faint hearted and not to be attempted around CIA agents in Mexico.
5 pounds Pork Butt cut into 2 inch cubes
5 tablespoons annatto seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon whole black pepper
½ teaspoon whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries
2 Habanero Peppers, cleaned and chopped
½ cup orange juice
½ cup white vinegar
8 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons salt
Serves / Yields
How hungry are you??
5 TBS Annatto Seeds
2 TSP Cumin Seeds
1 TBS Pepper – Whole
½ TSP Cloves – Whole
8 pebbles Allspice
2 Habanera Peppers cleaned and chopped
½ CUP Orange Juice
½ CUP White Vinegar
8 Cloves Garlic
2 TBS Salt
with spices from the grinder.
Add the juice of 5 lemons and a splash/glug of tequila
5 LB Pork Butt cut into 2 inch cubes and place, with the marinate, in a large zip lock bag to soak.
Line (8x13) baking pan with banana leaves. Pour in pork and marinate. Cover with Banana leaves and seal the pan with foil. Bake in a 325 F degree oven for 4 hours.
Now doesn't that sound like fun?!? Ayayay!!