Another wonderful Michelle Tam and Henry Fong recipe for your pressure cooker. This makes a LOT, but it’s really never enough because the leftovers are so glorious and it freezes so well. Borrowed from, ‘Nom Nom Paleo Food For Humans’, the ‘magic’ comes from the Magic Mushroom Powder (recipe below) which I’m also looking forward to discovering many more uses for – enjoy!

Magic Pork (Pressure Cooker)

4 lbs. pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes

1 T. Magic Mushroom Powder (see below)

1 T. avocado oil (or olive oil, or ghee, or any other favorite cooking fat)

1 good-sized yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced

6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed

1/2 c. orange juice (or pineapple juice, or chicken broth)

1 T. fish sauce (or 2 dried shiitake mushrooms)

Toss the cubed pork with the magic mushroom powder in a large bowl. Turn on your pressure cooker to Sauté, add in the oil you’re using and cook the onions until they’re no longer crunchy. Add in the smashed garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, then pour in the orange juice and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Cancel the Sauté function, add in the magic mushroom powder covered pork and stir all to mix well. Sprinkle on the fish sauce. Secure the lid, set the Pressure Release to Sealing, cover and cook under high pressure (Manual) for 35 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally (this will take 15 to 30 minutes), then check the meat – it should be fall apart tender.  Transfer the cooked pork to a large bowl or rimmed baking sheet, taste the liquid to see if it needs more salt (or Magic Mushroom Powder!), then shred it all with a couple of forks, removing any unwanted fatty bits.

We enjoyed ours in a ‘bowl of goodness’ with roasted vegetables and a tahini dressing, but this pork would also be brilliant in sandwiches, tacos, on your scrambled eggs or tossed into your favorite salad.

Magic Mushroom Powder – makes a heaping cup

1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms, ground up (I found porcini powder at Silk Road Spice Merchant)

2/3 c. kosher salt

1 T. red pepper flakes

2 t. dried thyme

1 t. freshly ground pepper

Thoroughly combine all of the magic mushroom ingredients and then store in an airtight container until you need it (or package it for gifts!).

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