Purslane and Pork Stew
2 1⁄2 lbs. pork spareribs, cut into 3" pieces
4 garlic cloves
1 white onion, chopped
4 dried árbol chiles, stemmed
2 lbs. tomatillos, husked
2 lbs. purslane, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1. Put spareribs, 2 cloves garlic, half of the chopped onion, and 2 1⁄2 quarts water into a pot; boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, 2 hours. Strain broth, reserving pork and 6 cups broth; discard garlic and onions.
2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add chiles and tomatillos; cook until soft, 10–12 minutes. Transfer tomatillos and chiles to a blender with remaining onions, remaining garlic, and 1⁄2 cup water; purée and set aside.
3. Return water to a boil; add purslane; cook until soft, 3–5 minutes. Drain.
4. Brown pork in oil in a pot over medium-high heat, 4–5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatillo purée; cook until thickened slightly, 8–10 minutes; transfer to pot with broth. Add cooked purslane and salt to taste. Simmer until pork is falling off the bone, about 30 minutes.
SERVES 4 – 6