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Kare Kare is a traditional Filipino dish known for its rich and savory peanut-based sauce, complemented by tender meat and an assortment of vegetables. This recipe will guide you through the steps to create a delicious and authentic Kare Kare at home.



Ingredients:


- 1 kg oxtail, cut into 2-inch pieces


- 500 grams beef tripe, cleaned and cut into strips (optional)


- 2 tablespoons cooking oil


- 1 large onion, diced


- 4 cloves garlic, minced


- 2 tablespoons achuete (annatto) seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup water


- 2 cups peanut butter


- 4 cups beef broth


- 1 bundle of pechay (bok choy), ends trimmed


- 1 bundle of sitaw (string beans), cut into 2-inch pieces


- 2 eggplants, sliced diagonally


- 1 banana blossom, sliced (optional)


- Salt and pepper to taste


- Bagoong (shrimp paste), for serving




Instructions:



1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and blanch the oxtail and beef tripe for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.



2. In the same pot, heat the cooking oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions until translucent, then add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant.



3. Add the blanched oxtail and beef tripe to the pot, and cook until nicely browned on all sides.



4. Pour in the soaked achuete seeds along with the water they were soaked in. Stir well to distribute the color evenly.



5. Add the peanut butter and mix it with the meat and onion mixture until well combined.



6. Gradually pour in the beef broth, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Bring the mixture to a simmer.




7. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it cook for about 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.



8. Once the meat is tender, add the pechay, sitaw, eggplants, and banana blossom (if using). Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked but still slightly crunchy.



9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.



10. Serve the Kare Kare hot with steamed rice. It is traditionally enjoyed with a side of bagoong (shrimp paste) for an added depth of flavor.



Note: Kare Kare is often served with a side of bagoong (shrimp paste) and sometimes garnished with crushed peanuts for added texture. Feel free to customize the toppings to your liking.



Enjoy the rich and comforting flavors of this classic Filipino dish, Kare Kare, and share it with your loved ones for a truly satisfying dining experience



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