Honey-Braised Pork Cheek Empanadas with Chimichurri

Yield: 4 servings


Each red bell pepper
Each green bell pepper
2 Tbsp  orange juice
Each can of chipotle in adovo (7 oz)
1/2 each sheets 9 x 11 pie dough
1/4 lbs pork cheeks
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 each yellow onion
1/4 each large carrot
1/4 each stalk of celery
1/2 tsp garlic, chopped
4 Tbsp bourbon
2 Tbsp  wildflower honey
1/2 cup chicken broth


1. Rub the pork cheeks with salt, cumin, ginger and clove.
2. Rough chop carrot, onion, celery and place in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the pork cheeks on top of the vegetables.
3. Combine the bourbon, honey and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Mix well so that honey is dissolved and pour over the pork cheeks.
4. Cover the pan tightly with foil and roast in a 375 degree oven for 2 hours or until the pork is very tender.
5. Remove the pork cheeks from the pan and cool.
6. Combine the orange juice and chipotle in a blender and puree.
7. Mince the peppers.
8. Shred the pork and mix with the orange juice mixture and minced peppers. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional clove, cumin and ginger as desired.
9. Thaw the pie dough and cut into 3 inch circles.
10. Place pork mixture in the center of the cirlce and fold over, pressing to seal tightly around the edge.
11. Bake the empanadas in a 350 degree convection oven or until golden brown.