Category Archives: Filipino Recipes

Beef Pochero

Every Filipino family has their own version of Beef Pochero just like Adobo and Mechado. A popular dish in this blog is my version of Beef Pochero aka Cocido which is mainly a Noche Buena dish. It makes use of left-over ham from the Christmas celebration. Growing up in Cebu, I recall my mother adding saba . Whole firm Saba bananas are boiled together in the broth. The thing is my daughters don’t like the saba taste in the broth.

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May Reyes-Serrano, the youngest sister of the the women of the Reyes culinary clan demonstrates ripe Saba banana as an ingredient for Beef Pochero. Her recipe requires frying of ripe saba bananas instead of my version of boiling it with the broth. This should be an interesting innovation for me. For the saba banana lovers, try this recipe in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

3 pieces ripe saba bananas; 2 cut in thirds lengthwise, 1 left whole
oil for sautéing
1 piece red onion, finely chopped
2 pieces medium white onion, peeled whole
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup thick cut bacon, cubed
1 can chopped pimientos, small
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
5 cup beef broth
1/2 kilo beef kalitiran
1/2 kilo beef ribs (with fat)
1 cup tomato paste
2 pieces chorizo bilbao, thinly sliced
2 pieces medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 piece medium cabbage, quartered
1 bunch pechay
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
patis, salt, pepper to taste

Procedure

1. In a pressure cooker, fry banana slices until golden and crispy then set aside.

2. Heat oil and sauté chopped onion, garlic, Bacon, pimiento and tomatoes then add broth.

3. Add beef cuts and whole saba and cook until tender (About 40 mins in a pressure cooker).

4. Remove saba and mash it on the bottom of serving platter.

5. Remove beef and place on mashed saba. Add tomato paste, chorizo, potatoes, cabbage, pechay and garbanzos to broth.

6. Cook until veggies are done. Move veggies to serving platter.

7. Season broth with salt, pepper and patis.

8. Boil broth uncovered until reduced by 1/4. Ladle hot soup onto beef and veggies.

9. Arrange fried bananas on top. Serve with hot rice.

Pasta Puttanesca with gourmet tuyo

Preparing Pasta Puttanesca with gourmet tuyo using Contadina olive oil, Contadina diced tomatoes and minced tomatoes with  green olives, black olives, capers, gourmet tuyo and parmesan cheese.

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Christmas is around the corner and at this time of the year, moms like myself are busy planning for noche buena. I was pretty excited when Contadina held a one-of-a-kind grocery shopping experience with culinary enthusiasts ranging from home cooks, foodies, and bloggers.

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Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno

One of Philippines’ favorite dish is Chicken relleno, made out of roasted chicken stuffed with ground pork, raisins, chorizo and peas. I have my own Chicken Relleno recipe in this blog but you might want variety. Well, aren’t we lucky that Romulo’s Cafe shared this recipe to us?

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Alessandra Romulo Squillantini, granddaughter of the late statesman Carlos P. Romulo and her husband Enzo Squillantini graciously shared family recipes that date back several generations at a cooking demonstration at The Maya Kitchen recently.

Ingredients

1 piece whole chicken (1 kilo)

160 grams onions

1 can Vienna sausage

100 grams chorizo bilbao

25 grams processed cheese, grated

500 grams ground pork

50 grams raisins

50 grams frozen peas

100 grams pickle relish

1 teaspoon salt

1?2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 pieces eggs

2 teaspoons butter

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 250°F.

2. Debone the chicken. Chop the onions, Vienna sausage and chorizo. Mix all the ingredients well.

3. Put stuffing in the cavity of the chicken. Place chicken on a baking pan or dish. (refer to my post in my own Chicken Relleno recipe to stuff the chicken properly.)

4. Brush the skin with butter.

5. Cook the chicken for 1 hour or until skin of the chicken is golden brown.

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Roast Guava Chicken

Did you know that you can stuff Roast Chicken with guava? Well here it goes.

Ingredients

1.5 – 2 kilos whole chicken
2 pieces chicken bouillon cubes, crushed
½ cup pink guava puree, seeded

Filling:
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 piece large onion, chopped
1 piece guava apple, washed and diced
¼ cup broth
½ cup raisins
¾ cup croutons
salt and pepper to taste
Gravy:
¼ cup butter
¼ cup MAYA All-Purpose Flour
2 cups chicken stock
3 tablespoons liquid seasoning
drippings (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF/205°C.

2. Season and rub the chicken with bouillon and guava pureé. Set aside.

3. Prepare Filling: Heat oil in a pan then sauté garlic and onion until translucent. Add in guavas and stir for a minute. Mix in broth, raisins and croutons and cook for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool.

4. Stuff the chicken cavity with guava filling and roast for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is tender and brown.

5. Prepare Gravy: Melt butter in a saucepan then add in flour, stir until well blended. Slowly add the stock, liquid seasoning and drippings. Keep stirring to prevent lumps. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the desired thickness of gravy is achieved.

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