Pork Afritada with Pineapples
PORK AFRITADA WITH PINEAPPLES – Cubed pork, potatoes, tomato sauce and pineapple chunks come together in this wonderful dish to make an easy weekend family meal. Everything is cooked slowly to perfection, pork is tender, the sauce is thick, the vegetables are right and crisp, creating a sweet, fresh and vibrant flavor in the dish. You may replace the pork with chicken, or you can do pork and chicken together.
I was sick for almost a week. It was so hard doing things around the house specially taking care of my sons, Colby and Caleb. I am just always thankful, I get to recover fast. Today, Royce got fever, and a lot more difficult now that he is sick because I am to do things for the business. But I am a superwoman. Every mom has to. And despite of the busy day, I wanted to make something nice on a blue and sickly day. I cooked this PORK AFRITADA WITH PINEAPPLES. Royce loves meat and kids love potatoes and something sweet. It is a best combination of meat and vegetables in just a bowl.
By the way, I will be baking 24 loaves of banana bread later. My sister from Baguio City ordered for her to sell to her officemates. My Banana Breads had always been a click. And I am glad I get to create some money from it.
PORK AFRITADA WITH PINEAPPLES (BRAISED PORK IN TOMATO SAUCE)
1 kilo pork, cubed
3 tbsp. cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
5 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 medium red bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced
1 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
4-6 laurel leaves
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. patis
Wash pork cubes with running water and drain. Place in a bowl. Add half cup of pineapple juice. Marinade for about 20-30 minutes. Then, drain.
Heat oil in a pan overmedium heat. Saute garlic, about a minute. Then add the sliced onions. Saute, until soft and transluscent.
Add pork cubes, saute until light brown, about 5-6 minutes. Then add patis, allowing the meat absorb the patis. Add laurel leaves and ground pepper.
Now add one cup tomato sauce and half cup of water. Add Bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes or until pork is tender. Make sure to stir once in a while so as not to prevent the bottom from burning.
Then, add potatoes, carrots, red and green bell pepper. Add the remaining tomato juice and pineapple juice. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt. You may adjust flavor by adding few tablespoons of water. Bring to boil until sauce thickens.
A minute before removing from heat, add the pineapple chunks.
Serve your PORK AFRITADA WITH PINEAPPLES while hot with steaming white rice!