The stew is colored with annatto(extracted from annatto seeds in oil or water), and can be thickened with toasted or plain ground rice. Other flavorings may be added, but the dish is usually quite plain, compared to other Filipino dishes as other seasonings are added at
the table. Other variants may include goat meat or (rarely) chicken. It is often eaten with bagoong (shrimp paste), sometimes spiced with chili, bagoong guisado (spiced and sautéed shrimp paste), and sprinkled with calamansi juice. Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta (particularly in Pampanga region) is not
“Kare-kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from a base of stewed oxtail (sometimes this is the only meat used), pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat; and occasionally offal, or tripe. Vegetables, which include (but are not limited to): eggplant, Chinese cabbage, or other greens, daikon, green beans, and asparagus beans are added – usually equaling or exceeding the amount of meats. The stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter, onions, and garlic. complete without kare-kare.” Learn more about kare-kare by visiting the link below.
1 kilo ox tail ( buntot ng baka) cut into serving pieces
1 tablespoon annato powder ( atsuete)
1 1/2 onion ( minced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 pieces eggplant
4 cups stock
1 bunch string beans
1 banana heart ( cut into wedges)
3/4 1/2 cup peanut butter
salt and pepper tot aste
1. Put the ox tail in a deep pot and put enough water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer until tender. When tender, remove from the stock and reserve the stock to use later.
2. Saute the garlic and onion then add the atsuete powder and stir, add the stock and bring to a boil, once boiling add the banana heart and simmer for 4 minutes then add the meat, and simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add the eggplant and string beans and simmer until half cooked, add the peanut butter, salt and pepper to taste then simmer until done.
4. Serve with sauteed shrimp paste and enjoy.
Note: You can add pechay for this recipe and 1/4 cup toasted flour for thicker gravy or sauce