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Guyanese Garlic-Chile Pork

This is a very traditional variation on a Portuguese-influenced dish that originated in Guyana. The usual preparation method is to slaughter a pig, cut it up, and marinate it in a huge mass of garlic, malt vinegar, and fresh thyme. After a week, the meat is cooked in a large pot, creating its own garlic-oil. Note that this recipe requires advance preparation.

Combine all the ingredients except the pork and oil and puree in a blender in batches until smooth. Pour the mixture over the pork and marinate, covered, in a nonmetallic bowl in the refrigerator for at least 2 days and preferably 1 week.

Drain the pork, discard the marinade (see Variations), and pat it dry. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry the pork cubes, a few at a time, turning often, until they are browned on all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add more oil for each batch if necessary.

Drain the pork on paper towels, keep warm in an oven, and serve with a salad and boiled rice.

Some cooks brown the pork slightly and then finish the cooking in a 350 degrees F oven for about 30 minutes in a covered ovenproof casserole, adding some water or marinade. For garlic lovers, simmer the marinade until thick and serve it over the pork cubes.


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