Giniling na Baboy (Ground Pork)

Giniling na BaboyGiniling na Baboy (Ground Pork) is one of the traditional Filipino dishes that translates the richness of flavor and color of our Philippine food heritage. The main ingredient of Giniling na Baboy is lean ground pork which is sauteed with striking colors of vegetables like potatoes, carrots, red bell peppers and green peas in rich tomato sauce. Preparation  needs ample time for peeling, slicing and chopping of the vegetables in uniform sizes.  Giniling na Baboy is a dish that usually served in ordinary family meals yet can also be great from small to big events.

Since Giniling na Baboy requires chopping, I got a note of the range for cutting up the vegetables, or even with fruits, meats, and herbs. Roughly chopped is cutting the largest cut with widest latitude up to 1 inch wide. Chopped is cut uniformly, slightly smaller, about 1/2 inch. Cubed is like chopped but more exact – 1/2 inch cube. Finely chopped is again smaller, about 1/4 inch. Diced is 1/4 on all sides. Minced is cutting smallest size of all, done by rocking knife back and forth through rather than slicing them into tiny pieces.

1 kilo ground lean pork
1 cup carrots, peeled and finely chopped (about 1/4 inch)
1/2 kilo potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, peeled and minced
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup raisins
3 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp. annatto seeds or achuete
2 tbsp. fish sauce
salt
pepper

Soak annato seeds or achuete in 1/4 cup warm water on a bowl. Set aside.
Heat cooking on pan or work. Sautee garlic until  light brown. Add onions until translucent. Add ground lean pork and sautee until medium cooked. Add fish sauce, allowing the meat to absorb the fish sauce aroma. Add carrots and potatoes. Remove all annatto seeds or achuete in the bowl and pour the red water in the pan. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until vegetables are tender, and half of the water is absorbed. Add red bell pepper, raisins and tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Cook for another 3 minutes. Serve with steaming hot rice.

Variations:
Add 1/2 cup frozen green peas with bell peppers
Add 1/2 cup raisins with bell peppers
Add 1/2 cup hotdogs, sliced
Add cooked quail eggs before serving

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