Pork Apritada

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Pork apritada is a Filipino pork stew, better described by the Radical Chef, in relation to other tomato based stews common in the Philippines. I used her recipe and a simpler version from my one of only two Filipino cookbook, Let’s Cook with Nora by Nora Daza, to come up with this version. I usually cook chicken apritada, but this time I thought I’d try it with pork.

1 lb. pork loin, cut into strips
1 large onion, sliced
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup baby lima beans
2 medium sized potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup water
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large pot and sautee garlic, onions, and tomatoes until wilted. Add the pork, let cook until the color changes and the edges are slightly browned. Add vinegar and let it boil for a few minutes, until it is reduced. Add the tomato paste, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Add the water and simmer until pork is tender, about 30 minutes. Add more water if it starts drying out too much.

Traditionally, the potatoes for afritada is fried before it is added to the stew. Since I am avoiding frying and conserving the amount of fat I cook, I decided to simply add the potato cubes to the stew and let it simmer until it is tender. About 5 minutes after adding the potatoes, add the baby lima beans and simmer until all is tender. Check the thickness of the gravy. If too watery, you can thicken by adding a slurry of cornstarch. The recipe is usually thickened with bread crumbs, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

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About Jeanette Moore (JMom)

I am a terrible housekeeper but I do love to cook so it all evens out in the end. I like to try new recipes that I think my family will like. However, I am not one to follow all recipes to the letter. I tend to tweak and change the recipes based on what I have on hand and how I am feeling at the time. Feel free to share your versions, I just might try it out next time I make the dish again.

2 thoughts on “Pork Apritada

  1. JMom

    Hi Rowena, I know what you mean. We don’t have a Filipino restaurant here in NC either. I have to content myself with my once a year visit to California to have a taste of Filipino eateries. If only I were enterprising enough, I would start a restaurant here…

  2. rowena

    I just wish I could find a decent filipino eatery here. I know there are alot of filipino immigrants in Milan but I have yet to find a restaurant! I know I know… I could cook at home but sometimes it’s nice to go out to eat! 😀


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