Serve these pintxos as a snack or appetizer, perhaps paired with other skewered snacks or Spanish-style tapas. Try olives, toasted bread with different toppings, grilled prawns or Spanish chorizo. Inspired by the dish Chef Dan Pancake and Beth Autridge prepared for Food Network In Concert.
- 1 pound pork belly
- 1 pound pork blade steaks (1-inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon coriander
- 1/2 tablespoon salt (plus more to taste)
- 1/2 tablespoon pepper (plus more to taste)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons wine vinegar (red wine, white wine, champagne, or sherry)
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley (chopped)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons shallots (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons capers (drained then chopped)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine garlic, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Butterfly the pork belly so it’ll open like a book. Spread some of the spice blend over the inside of the belly, then arrange the shoulder on top, trimming it as necessary to cover half of the belly. Spread some spice mixture on the shoulder meat, then fold the belly closed over the shoulder. Spread remaining spice mixture on the outsides of the belly. Cut the belly/shoulder sandwich in half, creating 2 approximately 6-inch pieces of layered pork.
- In a large skillet over high heat, cook the belly/shoulder pieces until well-seared, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to an 8x8-inch baking pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cover tightly with foil. Bake until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 195 degrees F., about 2 1/2 hours. Remove pork from the pan and set aside to cool to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least overnight, or as long as 2 days.
- Cut the belly/shoulder into 6 portions, trimming each as necessary to create a neat cube of layered meat. Arrange on 6-inch skewers and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine oil, vinegar, parsley, shallots and capers. Add salt and pepper to taste.Set aside.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat or preheat a grill to medium-high. Cook skewers until heated through, about 2 minutes per side. Serve pintxos warm with salsa drizzled on top.