Flash-Fried Chicken Carnitas
Chef and weight-loss guru Rocco DiSpirito is not ashamed to admit that he uses the microwave for the healthy dish here. He zaps chicken thighs before frying them so they spend less time in oil.
Searing and browning the pork in the slow cooker guarantees even more flavor.
Oven-Fried Pork Carnitas with Guacamole and Orange Salsa
Chef Richard Sandoval first tasted the moist, creamy, slightly sweet Spanish Requeson cheese used here during childhood trips to the market with his grandmother. In the U.S., Requeson is sold at Latin markets and some supermarkets. If you can't find it, substitute fresh whole-milk ricotta.
Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas
"Pressure cooking is great for braises," says Modernist Cuisine co-author Maxime Bilet. "You can make pork shoulder tender in 35 minutes." Thanks to the rapid cooking time, this dish is a realistic weeknight meal.
Pork Carnitas with Garlic and Orange
The trick to these luscious carnitas is to pull the meat into successively smaller pieces as it roasts, exposing more and more surface to the oven's heat for crisping.