Beef Kaldereta – beef meat stew from the Philippines
Beef Kaldereta or caldereta is a beef meat stew from the Philippines. Variations of the dish use chicken, pork or beef. Commonly the beef meat is stewed with vegetables and a liver paste. Vegetables may include tomatoes, potatoes, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers; kaldereta sometimes includes tomato sauce. Caldereta’s name derives from the Spanish word caldera meaning cauldron. The dish is similar to meat stews from the Iberian peninsula and was brought to the Philippines by the Spanish during their 300-year occupation of the Philippines. Kaldereta is served at special occasions, parties, and festivities.
The first part of the process is to sauté beef with garlic and onion. Start by heating oil in wide pot. Cook the garlic, onion, and beef. Continue to saute the beef until the color browns a bit. Add bay leaves and crushed peppercorn. Continue by adding liver spread, tomato sauce, and beef broth. The beef needs to be cooked until tender. You can do it the traditional way by cooking it in a regular cooking pot over the stove top. This takes around 60 to 90 minutes. A faster way to tenderize beef is to cook it using a pressure cooker. It can save you time by more than half. Go ahead and add the vegetables and seasonings. Cook for around 10 minutes and it’s done. The cooking process is simple and straightforward. Beef Kaldereta is best eaten with warm white rice. I suggest cooking the rice while waiting for the meat to tenderize. You might forget the rice when you tend to be focused in cooking the beef.
Beef Kaldereta Ingredients? 2 lbs beef cubed, 3 pieces garlic cloves crushed and chopped, 1 piece onion finely chopped, 2 cups beef broth, 1 piece red bell pepper sliced, 1 piece green bell pepper sliced, 1 cup tomato sauce, ½ cup liver spread processed using blender, 1 teaspoon chili flakes, 3 pieces dried bay leaves, 2 cups potatoes sliced, 2 cups carrots sliced, 1/4 cup cooking oil, ⅔ cup green olives, salt and pepper to taste. Use fresh liver if liver spread is not available. I prefer pig’s liver over that of the cow’s. It is best to puree it using a food processor before cooking. Ripe fresh tomatoes and canned diced tomato can be used as a replacement for tomato sauce. Stewed tomato works too.
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