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Hearty Meat Stew with Chickpeas and Plantains (Pochero) Recipe

Hearty Meat Stew with Chickpeas and Plantains (Pochero) Recipe

Hearty Meat Stew with Chickpeas and Plantains (Pochero) Recipe

Lynn Sunico of Manila’s Skyline Restaurant has provided her immensely popular and delicious recipe for a version of the Spanish cocido, a favorite Sunday meal in the Philippines. This recipe includes chickpeas and plantains or saging na saba.

Ingredients :

    • 10 oz (300 g) pork belly or shoulder, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 10 oz (300 g) chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 10 oz (300 g) boneless beef shank, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • Two 3-in (8-cm) pieces of chorizos de Bilbao or pepperoni sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 4 cups (1 liter) water or beef stock
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 cups (500 g) diced tomatoes or one 16-oz (450 g) can peeled tomatoes
    • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 small green cabbage, quartered (optional)
    • 8 oz (250 g) green beans
    • 2 small plantains, quartered (optional)
    • 3 small potatoes (about 10 oz/ 300 g), peeled, halved and deep-fried
    • 1 cup (7 oz/ 200 g) cooked chickpeas, drained if using canned chickpeas
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 portion Eggplant Sauce

Method :

    1. Prepare the Eggplant Sauce.
    2. Place the meat and sausages in a large pot with the water, salt and spring onion, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, over medium to low heat until the meat is tender, about 45 minutes. Drain the meat and sausages, and set aside. Reserve the stock.
    3. Heat the oil in a pot and stir-fry the garlic until golden brown, then stir-fry the onion until translucent. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the reserved stock and bring to a boil. Add the cabbage, green beans and plantains, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the meat and sausages, potatoes and chickpeas. Season with the salt and pepper, and simmer for a few minutes. Serve with a bowl of the Eggplant Sauce on the side.

Serves 6-8     
Preparation time : 30 mins
Cooking time : 55 mins