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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

AFRITADA (Braise in Tomato Sauce)

        Pork Afritada, a colorful dish that well love by every Filipino has so amazing taste and a perfect buddy of hot rice.Afritada is quite similar to Kaldereta and Menudo but definitely, they differs in cutting of the  meat and the additional ingredients that was being prepared because every recipe has unique taste even they have some common ingredients. 


1 lb. pork, cut into serving pieces
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp.  (fish sauce)
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 cup water
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 tbsp. fine breadcrumbs (or flour, or cornstarch)
vegetable oil


Put pork in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let stand 10 to 20 minutes.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir-fry pork pieces until no longer pink in color and turn lightly brown.
Add and saute garlic until fragrant. Stir in onion until soft and translucent. Season with fish sauce and then add
potatoes, stir-fry for a few minutes.
Pour in water and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer covered for about 25 to
30 minutes or until pork is cooked and potatoes are tender.
Add in bell peppers and stir to blend. Correct seasonings. Thicken sauce with breadcrumbs (or flour, or
cornstarch, if using). Stir and blend and let simmer for another few more minutes.
Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.

             Another  chicken tomato based recipe that will surely captured your attention is this CHICKEN AFRITADA, though we have all different style of cooking based on our knowledge, I'm sure we are talking with the same recipe and let me share this method to you.


2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 large potato, quartered
1 large carrot, sliced
1 large bell pepper, sliced
1 cup green peas
8 ounces tomato sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 pieces hot dogs, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
1  1/4 cups chicken broth or stock
2 pieces dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
4 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


Pour-in cooking oil in a cooking pot or casserole then apply heat.
Pan-fry the chicken until the color turns light brown (about 3 minutes per side).
Remove the chicken from the cooking pot.
On the same cooking pot, saute garlic and onions.
Put-in the sliced hot dogs and pan-fried chicken then cook for a minute.
Pour-in tomato sauce and chicken stock then add bay leaves. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
Add the potato and carrots then simmer for 7 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
Put-in the bell pepper, green peas, salt, sugar, and ground black pepper then cook for 3 minutes more.
Turn-off heat then transfer to a serving plate.
Serve with steamed rice. Share and enjoy!

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