Because of Filipinos inclination to cooking, they have created various cuisine innovations. One of those is the caldereta, which is commonly served during special occasions. It is a tomato based dish with spicy sauce which would absolutely enliven the palate of spicy dish lovers. Other than that, this Filipino dish is also nutritionally served with vegetables containing vitamins and minerals, virtually fat and cholesterol free.
Its spicy taste will absolutely awaken your failing taste buds. Patis and hot rice are its perfect complement.
Here are the procedures on cooking this scrumptious dish:
1 lb beef shank, cubed
1/3 cup pickle juice or 2 tbsp pickle relish with 1/2 cup water
4-5 pcs potatoes, quartered
1 whole onion, chopped finely
1 whole carrot, sliced
1/2 tsp dry chilli flakes (or siling labuyo according to taste)
1/2 cup sweet green peas
1 bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 cup tomato sauce
3 pcs chicken liver, pureed raw
1/4 cup cheese. grated
How to :
Boil beef cubes in 1/3 c. pickle juice till tender. Include some pickles for added taste.
Add water as needed. If pickle juice is unavailable, 2 tbsp pickle relish with 1/2 c. water can be substituted. Set aside. Do not throw broth.
Fry potato wedges in oil, set aside.
Remove some oil.
Saute chopped onions in oil till limp, add beef cubes. add carrots and tomato sauce and saute for another 10 minutes. Add beef broth accordingly.
Add a little more broth then add pureed chicken liver, slowly stirring. If you are using can liver spread, dissolve liver spread in some stock before adding.
Add green peas, chili flakes and bell peppers, cook for another 5 minutes. Add potatoes after, season with salt and pepper.
Lastly add grated cheese and simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until sauce has separated from oil (see picture).
Note:If you want the caldereta to be cheesier, lessen the liver mixture and add more cheese instead.
You could also make some twist on this dish by adding special ingredients. Start your kitchen experiment now!
About the Author
Christine Gresola- LNU ABCom Intern