Filipino Style Puchero

Puchero or Pochero is a Spanish influenced dish which was embraced by Pinoys. It is a delicious stew made from pork, chicken or beef in tomato sauce with chorizo. Its must have ingredients are saba, plantain banana and some vegetables such as cabbage and baguio beans. Estimated cooking time of Pochero is 1 hour and 20 minutes but this delicious recipe is worth all of your time.

1 to 2 pounds of baby-back ribs or sirloin steak cut into small pieces
1 almost ripe plantain banana, cut into small pieces
1 chorizo
½ medium sized cabbage, sliced in small pieces
1 clove of garlic, delicately crushed
6 cups of water
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6-ounce cans garbanzos
1 bunch green onion
1 small sweet potato, boiled and peed
1 potato, quartered
2 tablespoons oil
¼ pound baguio beans
1 small onion, quartered

Pochero sauce:
1 medium-size eggplant
¼ cup vinegar
1.5 cups tomato sauce
1 can pork and beans
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Simmer beef in water until tender. Separate beef from its broth.
2. Fry plantain and potato then set aside
3. In a large saucepan, sauté garlic in oil. Add the chorizo, garbanzos, broth, baguio beans, cabbage and green onion. Add quartered onion and peppercorns. Boil until vegetables are done. Add salt to taste.
4. When ready for serving, garnish with plantain and potato. Serve it together with the Pochero sauce.
5. In making the Pochero sauce. Boil the eggplant then remove skin. Mash the plantain and sweet potato. In a pan, add the vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. combine all the mixtures then it’s ready to serve.


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