About this recipe:This authentic Puerto Rican dish is absolutely delicious. Pork is infused with a homemade garlic paste, roasted and served with boiled cassava. A perfect dinner for any day of the week.
8 cloves garlic, peeled
4 tablespoons salt
4 tablespoons black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 (4.5kg) pork shoulder roast
4 cassava roots, peeled and sliced
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:1hr30min › Ready in:2hr
Preheat the oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
Place the garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and olive oil into the container of a food processor or liquidiser. Process until smooth. Use a small knife to make several incisions in the pork. Insert the garlic paste into each one using a small spoon. Place the pork in a roasting tin and cover with foil.
Bake for 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, then check every 15 minutes or so, until the internal temperature reaches 80 degrees C when taken with a meat thermometer.
While the meat is roasting, place the cassava in a large saucepan of boiling water. Cook until fork tender and drain. Serve with pork roast.
Also known as yucca roots are available at Carribean speciality stores or online.