Caldereta
























Caldereta is one of my favorite Filipino dishes. Everything in it is somehow included in the list of things that I love. Beef. Tomatoes. Liver spread (There was a time that I lived on tasty and liver spread as a child). Potatoes. Carrots. Sauce. Yum!

The only thing ingredient I'm not so fond of is red bell peppers. I hate them! I hate how the bell pepper skins always find a way to get stuck in between my teeth! Ugh! But since the cooking breaks them down good and they make the dish extra yummy, I add a few strips into this dish.

To make this, you'll need:
beef cubes- about a kilo
tomato paste
tomato sauce
water
soy sauce
red wine
salt and pepper
olive oil
olives- Make sure to buy the ones without pits! 
bell pepper- I use the pre-made, roasted, skinned, and brined kind.
liver spread- a small can
garlic
potatoes
carrots
bird's eye chili


Cook beef cubes in olive oil and garlic until brown on all sides. Add water,, salt and pepper and be sure to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Let boil and make sure to skim off the "dirty bits" that float to the top. Cook in pressure cooker for about an hour and a half.


*I usually use a pressure cooker to cook my beef. If you don't have one, you'll just need to cook the beef longer in a normal pot until tender.


Once meat is tender, you can add the potatoes and carrots and let simmer until vegetables are soft. Add  about a cup of tomato sauce, a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste, a splash of red wine, bell pepper strips, and a small can of liver spread. Mix and let simmer for a few minutes. Adjust the flavor to your taste.

I usually put a liberal amount of black pepper, a couple of bird's eye chilis, and a few teaspoons of soy sauce. (Yes, I tend to put soy sauce in a lot of dishes I cook. It's a trick I learned from my yaya. The soy sauce makes all the flavors work together.)

Keep on tasting the sauce to make sure you're happy about how it tastes. I tend to use a lot of tomato paste, soy sauce and chilis to get the flavor I want. You won't normally find red wine in Caldereta recipes, but while I was cooking up this batch, I realized that a bit of wine would do us all good!

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