Kare kare, oxtail and peanut stew

Kare kare recipe

Kare-kare is a Filipino stew with a thick savory peanut sauce. It can be made from a stock made with different types meats and parts of the cow, but it is common to just use oxtail and a mix of vegetables. This stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts and peanut butter, onions, garlic and shrimp paste(bagoong). It is colored with annatto (extracted from annatto seeds in oil or water) and can be thickened with toasted sticky or plain ground rice. Its name derived from the word “kari” from the word “curry”. However, kare-kare is far different from Indian curry. Kare-kare has a similar flavor to satay because of the peanuts in the sauce.

There are several stories to the origins of kare-kare. The first one is that it came from Pampanga. Kare-kare is a well-known dish in Pampanga, which is often hailed as the culinary capital of the Philippines. Another has it coming from the regal dishes of the Moro (muslims) who settled in Manila pre Spanish colonization. Another is from Sepoy conscripts from Southern India that settled in Philippines during the British occupation of Manila 1762-1764. Longing for their home cooking, they improvised and used available ingredients. They called it kari-kaari, curry, and now, kare-kare.

Some enjoy this with extra shrimp paste on the side. With their spoon they take a spoon full of stew and rice, then a tiny bit of the shrimp paste to give it a bit of umami. To be honest it is a bit too much umami for my taste.

Karekare recipe

Dinner for 4:

3 lbs oxtail
1 large chopped onion
Water to cover the meat in your pot
2,5 dl peanuts, ground
1 dl sticky rice toasted and ground
1 tsp anatto oil or powder
1 tsp minced garlic
1 banana bud, peel and separate the banana flowers and slice the rest thin
bok choy
string beans
1 tsp shrimp paste(optional)and salt and pepper to taste

4 servings of rice

 

Brown the meat in a pot, add the onion and cover the oxtail and onions with water. Bring to a boil,urn down the heat and let it simmer for 2.5 to 3 hrs or until tender.

Filipino ox tail stew recipe

Once the meat is tender, add the ground peanuts, peanut butter, ground sticy rice and annatto simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
In a separate pan, saute the garlic then add the banana flower, bok choi and string beans and cook 5 minutes
Transfer the vegetables to the large pot, add shrimp paste, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with rice and enjoy this with shrimp paste or not:D

Kaldereta, Filipino stew

This dish with Spanish influence is a popular in the Philippines and often served on special occasions and a regular in every Filipino cookbook.

My family loves Beef Kaldereta and this was my dad speciality. This stew as with any stew it takes time and patience but it is worth the wait.
According to Wikipedia this was originally made with goat meat. Today it is more common to use beef, but you can use chicken or pork too, my dad used to hunt elk and made the stew with self caught meat. I prefer beef and I must admit that when I heard that you had to use liver pate to make the sauce nice and smooth, I was a little skeptical, but I’ve never noticed any liver taste before, so why should I react now. It’s actually the first time I make it, my mother made one on the top and bottom picture and mine is in the middle.
Kaldereta comes from the word caldero meaning cauldron

You need

 

 

1 kilo beef, cubed
1 large chopped onion
3 crushed garlic cloves
4 tbsp olive oil
1 dl soy sauce
2 tbsp white wine vinegar / lemon juice
4 bay leaves
2 cans crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2 Red bell pepper cut into strips
1,5 dl liverspread
5 dl potatoes cubed
2 dl green olives
2 dl green peas
2-3 chilli pepper (optional)
A handful of chopped parsley for garnish
Saute beef, onion, garlic in olive oil, add the bay leaves, soy sauce and white wine vinegar and bring to a boil, when it starts to bubble, put the heat down to second lowest and let the meat simmer under cover until tender.
I let it simmer for approximately 2 hours
Remove the liquid, but save it for later.
Add tomatoes and tomato paste with the beef , stirring and add the liquid you just drained a little at the time and taste till you get the saltines you want.

Add the rest of the ingredient and let it simmer untill the potatoes are tender.

Eat this with rice.