Oven Roasted Pork Cheeks

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Corn Cakes

There are certain foods for some people that evoke emotion and transport you this would be that food for me, as a boy my grandmother made a similar dish and she always called them corn oysters when I eat them I am a small boy again at Grandma Perkins table. I recently started serving these with mole poblano at the restaurant, something grandma would have never seen coming, my mother was around Elote the day they went on the menu, I brought out a plate and tears came to her eyes, grandma Perkins has long since passed, I knew I was onto to something, for years I had only been doing authentic mexican , the more I let it become my food the more it seemed to move people, and by the way nobody seems to care that there mole now has an element of North Dakota to it they just seem to like it.

makes 10 cakes using a heaping 2 oz ladle

1 oz melted butter
3 cups fresh cut corn
1 cup flour
1/2 cup maseca
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cure
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Reserve 2 cups of corn kernels then put 1 cup corn along with the liquid ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth then  pour that into a bowl and mix in dry ingredients until smooth then stir in corn, cook in a well oiled skillet over medium heat, think pancakes until browned on both sides, serve warm and preferably sooner than later.

Lime Aioli

Yeah I know whatare you thinking putting a Spanish garlic mayo on Mexican food, well I was thinking it tasted good and at the end of your meal that is what you would remember. I added a good splash of lime to heighten seafood or other light proteins.

1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp black pepper
4 cups olive oil
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tbsp water
6 cloves peeled garlic

place everything except water and oil into a blender and puree at medium speed, with a very slow steam pour oil into blender very slowly until it is all incorporated,lastly add water and mix if it is too thick.

Oven Roasted Pork Cheeks

4 lb pork cheeks
1 cup coca cola
1 cup whole milk
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp pepper
2 tsp granulated garlic

Season the pork on all sides with the salt pepper and garlic then place in a roasting pan,  pour the coke, milk and oj over the pork and roast uncovered for two hours at 350, turning occasionally. Roast until pork is fork tender.  When you are ready to eat, brush the pork cheeks with the pan juices and slide under the broiler in your oven until crisp and browned.
Serve two to three cheeks per person. Serves 8 - 10

Serve with corn cakes, simmered tomato sauce and lime aioli.