The Recipe

Nicaraguan Pineapple Pork & Fried Rice

As Jenny Sanchez, from Leon, Nicaragua, taught Lindsay Sterling in Freeport, ME, September 2013.

Serves 4
Cooking Time 1 1/4 hours with pressure cooker or 2 1/2 hours 

3 lb St. Louis pork ribs (cut lengthwise twice by the butcher so you have 1 1/2" rib segments)
3/4 whole pineapple
1 1/2 cups jasmin rice
1/3 + 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 red pepper
1/2  cup brown sugar
3 tsp flour
4 green onions
12 oz. pineapple juice
2 Tbsp olive oil

large pot
medium pot
cutting board

Cut between the bones in the rib rack strips so you have 1" bone-in chunks. 

In a large pot, add the meat, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1 1/4 cups water, and heat on medium with the lid on for about an hour and a half or until meat is tender or just 15 minutes with a pressure cooker.

While that is cooking, trim skins off pineapple and cut out core. Slice pineapple meat into chunks and blend in in the blender with pineapple juice and 1/2 cup brown sugar. 

When all the vinegar and water disappears from the meat let the pork fry until golden in it's own melted fat.

Cover the bottom of a small pot with oil. Saute rice for about 5 minutes on low, stirring, so that the rice gets a toasted flavor without turning brown. And add 2 1/4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp salt, stir, cover, and heat on low for 20 minutes. After about ten minutes, turn rice in sections over once with a spoon and recover. 

When pork is tender, strain cooking liquid. Into the large pot, add pineapple puree, cooked pork ribs, another 1/4 cup vinegar. Once boiling stir in 3 tsp flour mixed into 1/2 cup water and stir into pork.
Sauce will thicken. Taste to make sure it's good.

Serve a mound of pork on a platter surrounded by white rice, and more pork around the sides. Sprinkle red pepper on the center mound of pork and green onions in a ring around the pork on top of the rice.

"We eat a spoonful of rice with a piece of meat on it. Then chew the meat off the bone and spit out the rib bone."

copyright Linsdsay Sterling 2013