Caldereta is another Pinoy food that is very popular in the Philippines. This dish will be similar in preparing sauce for the pasta. However, this dish doesn't include pasta. Instead, it can be partnered with rice. Beef Caldereta is my favorite. But in times that I can't afford beef, I use pork as the main meat instead.
Calderate is very common with beef as the main meat. But in this article, I'll show you that Pork can also be used in preparing Caldereta. This is very unusual because chicken or beef is the usual meat that most Pinoy use in preparing Caldereta. Below is the recipe.
1 kg Pork (ribs are recommended or chops will do just fine)250 g Potato (cut into large cubes)
125 g Carrots (cut in big pieces)
½ tsp. Black pepper (powder)
2 tbsp. Garlic (minced)
1 pc. Onion (medium, thinly sliced)
½ cup Tomato sauce
1 can Liver spread (small)
1 pc. Green bell pepper (cut into large squares)
½ cup Safflower oil (for frying the potatoes and carrots)
2 tbsp. Safflower oil (for sautéing)
½ tsp. Iodized salt
1 tbsp. Sugar
½ cup Water
¼ cup Dark soy sauce
1 pc. Hot dog (cut into pieces)
In a frying pan heat the oil and fry the potatoes and carrots until golden brown. Set aside on paper towels to remove excess pan. Get 2 tbsp. Oil and transfer into a pressure cooker and heat the transferred oil to near its smoke point. When smoke point is nearly reached, sauté on it the garlic and onion until garlic is golden brown and onion starts to caramelize. Saute the hotdog and toss in the pork and black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes with stirring and add the soy sauce, water, sugar, and liver spread. Mix well and cover to pressure cook for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off the flame and allow cooling normally. Do not vent the pressure to hasten cooling; the additional time which is about 10-15 minutes consumed for normal cooling is used as additional cooking time to tenderize the meat. When cooled, open the pressure cooker and skim off any excess oil that floats to lower the dish’s fat content. Toss in the potato and carrots and the tomato sauce, mix. Again turn on the heat and mix from time to time taking care not to shred the soft meat (this is best done not by using a ladle but by lifting the pressure cooker and swirling the contents. When it boils, simmer for about 2 minutes. You may now enjoy the hot caldereta with rice or some bread.
Recipe by: Alex
Photo by: purplesketches