Here's Another Delicious Way To Cook Menudo
Not everyone loves pork liver.
The menudo is a classic Filipino dish. It's a quick-cooking pork stew¬†that is traditionally tomato-based. It's basically pork cubes cut small with potatoes, carrots, raisins, and pork liver chunks. The¬†sauce is seasoned with soy sauce to give it that classic dark orange color that makes it different from the¬†afritada sauce. The raisins give the stew and the sauce a sweetness that you can't get from plain sugar.¬†
If you love menudo, you know all this already. However, even the most die-hard menudo lovers may¬†avoid this¬†ingredient: pork liver.¬†
Pork liver is what gives the menudo a depth of flavor that¬†can't be easily mimicked.¬†Liver tastes like iron or something metallic on your tastebuds. It's earthy in both taste and texture, with a mealy feel even¬†when ground up. It's these characteristics of liver that make many people steer clear of this pork cut.¬†
However, when left out,¬†dishes usually¬†lose that inherent taste and texture that¬†only liver can bring to a dish. If you avoid the chunks of the liver in your menudo recipe, this is what you should use instead: liver spread.¬†
It's a genius idea if you think about it. The liver spread is a canned ingredient that not many of us think of using beyond adding it to kaldereta.¬†It not only makes the sauce of your menudo nice and thick,¬†but it adds the taste of liver to the dish without it being so powerful a flavor that you want to avoid it.
In fact, by using this ingredient instead of fresh liver, you can make it easy on¬†yourself whenever you have a craving! The only fresh ingredients you need is pork, carrots, and potatoes. Everything else is easy to keep¬†stocked in your kitchen for when you're ready to give into the craving and make it.¬†
Just add¬†1 small 85-gram can liver spread to your¬†menudo¬†after the pork is tender so it can help thicken and absorb any¬†excess liquid that's¬†remaining in the dish.¬†Not a fan of liver spread at all? You can start with just 1 tablespoon to give it that taste and texture.¬†
Need more tips¬†when making your menudo? Read on to find out what else you can do with your menudo recipe:¬†
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