Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Kid-Friendly Caldereta"

I've been wanting to cook this for several days now but I haven't had the main ingredient which is the neck bones or shoulder bones of pork or commonly called "buto-buto".

As you may wonder, why is the title kid-friendly? Well, caldereta is a spicy dish. This recipe is not but still has the rich yumminess of the dish. Caldereta is usually served as the main entree or "pulutan" in gatherings or special occasions among Filipinos.

Here's the recipe... good for 4-6 servings

You'll need:
  • 4 tbsps of cooking oil
  • 4 small (250 grams) potatoes, quartered
  • 6-8 cloves finely crushed garlic
  • 2 medium-sized red onion, chopped
  • a kilo of pork neck or shoulder bones, cut up
  • 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1-3/4 tbsps white vinegar
  • 3 tbsps of soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pouch (115 grams) tomato sauce
  • 1 large (50 grams) red bell pepper, seeded & cored, cut into large strips
  • 3 tbsps grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 rock salt

Here's how:

Place a non-stick casserole over medium-high fire. Put half of the cooking oil. Heat slightly. Add the potatoes. Cook for 8 minutes or until sides ar lightly brown, stirring often. Remove potatoes. Set aside.

Back to the casserole, pour the rest of cooking oil. Add the garlic and onion. Saute until fragrant. Put pork and pepper. Saute until no longer pink.

Pour the vinegar. Do not mix. Bring to boil. Keep boiling for a minute or until vinegar is very fragrant. Pour the soy sauce, cook for 2 minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, red bell pepper and cheese. Cover. Bring to boil. Reduce fire to low, simmer for 30 minutes.

Increase fire to medium, add the potatoes and salt. Mix. Cover again. Cook for another 25 minutes in low fire.

Serve with warm cooked rice.

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