Pork Caldereta

Good morning lovelies!  I am here with another family favorite that I would love to share with you.  Caldereta, a dish much like our beloved adobo, is a Filipino staple for fiestas and other special occasions.  I have seen different versions of this dish.  Others have potatoes and carrots and I have even tried the authentic "calderetang Batangas" which uses goat meat and instead of pork and is not tomato based but soy sauce based.  This is the version me and husband came up with and it is really a winner especially when we have guests over.
Pork Caldereta


For this recipe, we will need:
1.  Tomato ketchup/sauce
2.  Cheese
3.  Peanut butter
4.  Pork bullion cubes
5.  Pork
6.  Chili powder and basil
7.  Pickles, chopped
8.  Liver spread
9.  Butter or margarine
Pork Caldereta
Start by bring water into a boil and then adding pork and bullion cubes.  Cook until the pork is tender.  I like using the "adobo" cut of pork because it has much more lean meat but I suggest your use the "sinigang" cut or the parts where it has more bones.  The meat beside the bone is so much more tastier.  Once the meat is cooked, drain water but save it for we will use this stock later.
Pork Caldereta
While your meat is cooking, chop the onions.  You can manually chop with a knife or put in a food processor to finely dice the onions.  I love using lots of onions for this dish because it not only brings so much flavor but also acts a "thickener" for our sauce.  Also, finely chop some garlic.
Pork Caldereta
Next, in a pan, add butter then saute the onions and the garlic until the onion caramelizes.
Pork Caldereta
Next, add in the pork.  Coat the pork with the onions and garlic and let it turn brown for a bit.
Pork Caldereta
You now need to place in the stock that we saved.  Add just enough to cover half of the pork in stock.  Cover the pan with lid and let it simmer.
Pork Caldereta

Next, we will add in a tablespoon or two of peanut butter.  Just adjust the measurements according to your taste.  Like the onions, this will make your sauce thicker and creamier.  Peanut butter may sound weird but trust me, it works.  It also adds a bit of saltiness and sweetness to our caldereta.
Pork Caldereta
Now, add in the liver spread.  This will make our caldereta much more meatier.  I also love adding just a tablespoon or two.
Pork Caldereta
After mixing in the liver spread and the peanut butter, it is now time to add in some color and a bit of sourness to our sauce.  We will need to now pour in some ketchup or tomato sauce to our caldereta.  Just mix it in and let it simmer for a bit.
Pork Caldereta
Once the tomato ketchup/sauce is cooked, you will notice that the sauce becomes darker orange.  It is now time to add in some pickles.  Do not add to much as the caldereta will become too sour.  A teaspoon or so is enough for a fourth of a (1/4) kilo of pork.
Pork Caldereta
Just mix in the pickles then put lots of finely diced or grated cheese on top.  In my book, everything with cheese is super yummy so make sure to put lots of cheese into your caldereta.
Pork Caldereta
Just let the cheese melt then serve this dish while hot together with cooked white rice.  Super yummy!
Pork Caldereta
I hope you enjoy our version of caldereta.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog. 'Til next time!  Have a great day everyone!
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23 comments:

  1. Look really good! My mom makes super yummy caldereta and it's one of my favourite dishes to eat :) Will show her this and make it one day! :) Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe!

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  2. Wow. You are a superb cook. Your BF/ Husband will be very lucky as it seems you cook variety of tasty food daily.
    Good job girl :-)
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    1. the husband actually helps me with a lot of the cooking. some of the recipes i featured and will feature are his idea :)

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  3. This looks really yummy sis! Nagutom tuloy ako. Haha.

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  4. Omg! I just had Calderata for lunch this afternoon!:D The pictures look so good and the food looks delicious!:D I want to try this out. Never had mine with cheese before and I love cheese! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us, teh:)

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  5. Oh sweetie that recipe looks delicious~
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  6. Wow, it looks so inviting! I've never tried pork caldereta before. I'll try that one of these days. I do make a mean beef bakareta (bakareta) that I copied from my brother-in-law. The liver spread and cheese make a big difference, di ba?

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  7. Will try putting peanut butter to our caldereta dish and I'm excited how it would taste like.

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    1. it's gonna turn out delicious :) thanks elle!

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  8. Wow! I've never thought of putting cheese, pickles, and peanut butter on my Caldereta...but now I'm curious!! Hehe :)

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  9. Yummy ! Your recipe is amazing !

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    1. thank you beautiful! have a great weekend!

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