This special beef caldereta recipe is just amazing. Simple, easy to follow and made sure that the beef is very tender. The secret to any beef recipe is the tenderness of your beef. Otherwise, no matter how tasty it could be, it ends up failed if the beef is hard to bite. Its always good to use a pressure cooker though whenever you cook a beef. However, cooking beef in regular pot is still ok, but it takes a little longer to make it tender.
How to choose Beef for Caldereta: Make sure to choose the best cut of beef brisket, choose the reddish part without the tendons (white part or malitid na baka). The litid (tendons) are too fatty and its hard to make it tender. Alternatively, you can also use other prime/expensive cuts of beef like Japanese Kobe steak, sirloin, wagyu, chuck, or tenderloin to make it really special.
SPECIAL BEEF CALDERETA
1 kilo Beef brisket cut into squares
4 pcs 250ml Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1-2 Pure foods Liver Spread
2 Large White Onion chopped
1 head Garlic chopped
2 Carrots sliced into bite size
2 Potatoes cut in squares
2 Green Bell pepper cut into square
1/2 cup Nestle All Purpose Cream
1 cup Grated Cheese
1 Laurel Leaf
Dried Basil leaves (optional)
4 tbsp patis (Fish Sauce)
4 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1-2 chili peppers (labuyo), minced
Boil and simmer beef brisket, onions, laurel, basil and pepper in at least 1/2 liter water for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until tender. Remove the scums that floats on top.Turn off heat and take off laurel leaf.
On another pan, sauté garlic in very little oil until brownish. Drain from oil once garlic is brownish and set it aside.
Beef brisket should be cook exactly 1 hr and 45 mins. So you can start adding carrots and potatoes after 1 hour and 30 minutes
*Leave at least 2 cups beef broth on your pot and discard excess broth. (if you want a thick sauce for your caldereta, don’t leave too much broth.)
Add in Tomato Sauce, chili peppers, carrots and potatoes.
Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Add in garlic and liver spread and Nestle All Purpose cream. Stirring constantly.
Adjust taste by adding soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce and pinch of salt.
Finaly, add in bell pepper and 1 cup grated cheese. Cover pot and simmer 1 or 2 mins more. Turn off heat.