There are times in your life when you really just need some comfort food. Filipino comfort food. Something that will stick to your ribs, keep you comfortable, and also provide proper nutrition. How about some Kare-Kare?
You’ve eaten enough lumpia and you now need something a bit more nutritious. Or maybe you’ve returned form a long trip and you need something easy and settling.
You need stew. Kare-Kare is a Filipino style stew utilizing ox tail and peanut butter. It’s OK, it’s just a few tbsp of peanut butter. Besides, you didn’t question the peanut butter in your Thai food did you?
My easy Kare Kare recipe utilizes a slow cooker (even better if you have a multi cooker) to make most of the prep hands off. You can use that extra time to make desert!
I prefer to thoroughly brown the ox tail ahead of time, and to remove excess water from the egg-plant before cooking. This provides an extra depth of flavor with the caramelization of the meat, and the egg-plant reabsorbs the tasty broth without watering down the dish.
I like to use my multicooker for this recipe since it allows me to do multiple types of cooking in one place. I can easily brown and slow cook without having to do extra dishes or juggle multiple vessels. I actually did try making an instant pot kare kare filipino oxtail recipe once and it sort of obliterated some of the vegetables and ruined the textures.
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Ox tail and peanut butter stew? Ok, it's not that simple. And no one questions peanuts and peanut butter in Thai cooking, so try out this beefy, silky smooth Filipino beef stew and you will be changed forever.
Keyword filipino ox tail stew, kare kare, ox tail
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 7hours
Total Time 7hours20minutes
1/2lbfresh green beans
2tbsprice flouror other thickener
2egg plantsthe long skinny kind, but into 1/2 quarter rounds
6baby bok choycut in half long ways
Using 1 tsp of salt, and fresh ground pepper liberally sprinkle the ox tail on all sides
Place the cut eggplant in a large bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 1tsp salt
In a multicooker, or whichever your vessel of choice is, heat oil, and thoroughly brown all sides of the ox tail.
Once browned, remove ox tail and set aside.
In the same vessel, sautee the onions and garlic until soft and aromatic
Add beef broth and peanut butter and scrape up any browned bits in the pot
Squeeze any water you can from the egg plant pieces before you add them to the broth
Add ox tail back to vessel and slow cook for 6 hours until meat is thoroughly tender and comes off the bone easily
Add thickener until the liquid has a thick consistency
Spread green beans and bok choy across the top of the stew
Bring the heat up to medium and cook another 30 minutes.
Serve in a bowl with each ingredient separated, green beans, bok choy, ox tail and stew
Kare Kare Slow Cooker Recipe was last modified: May 28th, 2020 by FiliVino