This delicious and comforting dish was a staple at my grandmother’s house in Colombia. My grandmother never wrote, or cooked from, a recipe, so I needed to learn by watching her in the kitchen. Ever since I came to the United States, I have been making Cerdo Encebollado based on the memory of what it tasted like when Mamita made it for me, and I’m happy to say that the flavor is almost exactly like hers!
1 1⁄2 pound boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of
excess fat and cut into 8 slices
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3 large onions, thinly sliced
1 cup of aliños sauce
2 cups of water
1. One at a time, place the pork slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder to 1/4-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
2. In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Working in batches, add the pork in a single layer and cook until well browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
3. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the aliños sauce and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
4. Add the water and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Return the pork to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover the pot and cook until the pork is very tender and the sauce has thickened, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
5. Serve with white rice on the side.