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Recipe of the Week - Carnitas Pizza

January 8, 2020

If you're like me, you're always looking for a fast and easy way out of dinner. But also, you LOVE to cook. Most nights, I don't get home from work until nearly 6PM. This is after a day of working in the office, with clients, out showings, listing appointments, and/or board meetings. I really do love to cook, but sometimes coming home and making dinner for my boys is the LAST thing I want to do... So, my first "Recipe of the Week" blog post is dedicated to what is possibly, the most amazing kitchen invention of all time. The crockpot. I'm a morning person. The crockpot was introduced in 1940. For 80 years, this handy thing has been making lives easier all. day. long. So, I mixed a crockpot meal with a super easy "homemade" pizza dough and it was SO good!


Crockpot Carnitas: 

I put a 4 LB shoulder butt roast into my crockpot on low for 8 hours! I used this video as a reference >>


You're going to need:

A crockpot

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons salt, or more, to taste

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 pound pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 onions, quartered

2 oranges, juiced

2 limes, juiced

Place all of this in the above mentioned crockpot, turn it on low, and put a lid on it! I checked on it every few hours, turning it and making it sure the juices hit every part of the roast. I knew it was finished when it came apart very easily. I pulled it, set it aside, and moved on to the next part of the fun: "homemade" pizza just like my mom used to make. 



Seriously, when I was kind, my mom would make us Chef Boyardee pizza every now and then and those were some of my favorite meals we ever had. The crust was always perfect, thick and soft. The sauce was plain and delicious. She would top it with pepperoni (try keeping a bunch of teenagers out of pepperoni packs) and canned mushrooms (which are MY favorite - when I was in college, I would only order pizza from a place if they used canned mushrooms) and lots and lots of cheese. Honestly, it's my favorite pizza. This year for Christmas, my mom got my son, a budding chef, his own pizza kit and a box of Chef Boyardee pizza ingredients. He's been asking daily if we could make his pizza since he opened it! So we finally got to it.