Kaldereta is one of the dishes you will always see during any festivities in the Philippines. Whether it’s a birthday celebration or town fiesta, you will, without doubt, be seeing it in the table. This dish originated in Spain and is called Caldereta which means caldera. The Filipino people have adapted this recipe since the Spaniards have occupied the Philippines for a very long time. They have been here for three hundred years and it’s nothing but natural that the Filipinos have gotten used not only to the Spanish culture but with their cuisine as well. Beef Kaldereta and Goat (Kalderetang Kambing) also Chicken (Kalderetang Manok) meat are the usual ones that are used in Kaldereta but you can also try pork in this recipe. This Pork Kaldereta Recipe will also satisfy everyone’s hungry stomach.
Pork Kaldereta Recipe Preparation & Tips
Just like the other Kaldereta recipes, you will also add a lot of chilies because Kaldereta isn’t Kaldereta if it isn’t hot. If you want a new version of Kaldereta, then this Pork Kaldereta Recipe is a must try. It takes just about 1 ½ to 2 hours to prepare and cook this dish. Choose a tender part of the pork for you to enjoy this dish completely. In cooking this dish, you can choose between using tomato paste or fresh tomatoes. It depends on how you’d like to try it. Of course, you will not be cooking this once so you can try all the versions you’d want. If you’re going to try on the fresh tomatoes, make sure to choose the ripe ones to make a thick and smooth sauce plus it will also add a beautiful color and stronger flavor to it. Make sure too that you brown the meat before adding the other ingredients like the vegetables. It’s better to fry the potatoes too and don’t forget the carrots. You can also add olives to give it a different kind of taste but there are some that choose to add pickles instead. It’s a bit cheaper too. Add liver spread and it will be a perfect dish for you and all the lucky ones who will get to taste your enticing dish. If the liver spread is not available, try the fresh pork liver and it will give the same effect.
- 500 grams pork(liempo or spareribs), cut into serving pieces
- 250 grams tomato sauce
- 1 large onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 large potatoes, cubed
- 2 large carrots, cubed
- 2 red and green bell peppers, diced
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 can (85 grams)liver spread or peanut butter
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2-3 hot chili(labuyo), chopped(optional)
- ¼ cup cheese, grated or cubed(optional)
- 1 cup soda(7-up or soda)(optional)
- In a pan heat oil and fry potatoes and carrots until golden brown.
- Drain and set aside.
- In a pot, heat oil and saute garlic and onions.
- Add pork, continue sauteing until color turns to brown.
- Add tomato sauce, soda, bay leaves, and water then simmer until tender. Add water if necessary.
- Add carrots, potatoes, bell pepper, liver spread, and chili. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning with sugar, salt, and pepper according to taste.
- Add cheese and simmer for another 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Transfer to serving plate.
- Serve with hot rice.
And now, it’s time for the best part after cooking; time to get a taste of this sumptuous Pork Kaldereta Recipe. Have a plate of hot steamed rice and start your bonding moment with the family while sharing this awfully mouth-watering meal. Having a Tempranillo on the side while eating this meal will be one of the best experiences you will have with your family. On the other hand, if you have prepared this for a special occasion and you will have people coming over your house, you can have it partnered with soda or iced tea. That will save your expenses a bit too.
Your friends and relatives will definitely thank you for inviting them over and might probably be waiting for the next occasion. That’s quite an impression you will surely give.
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