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I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Filipino Blood Stew (Dinuguan)

Many cultures use blood in their cooking (the Germans have blood sausage).  In the Philippines, a stew is created using blood as well.  My husband (an American from Ft. Worth) actually loves this stew when the weather is cold or rainy.  This is one of those recipes that you adjust according to taste.   If you are the adventurous type try it out.  If you want something spicier, use a hotter pepper (green chillies).  Pig's blood can be purchased at any Asian grocery store. This is a perishable item. Use the blood within 24 hours. 

















Ingredients:

1 16oz container of fresh pig's blood
1lb of pork butt or shoulder (Cut in large chunks)
8oz of beef or calf liver (cut into small bite size pieces)
1 medium onion (minced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2 tblsp sugar
1 1/2cups pork stock
1 cup apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar
4-5 whole peppercorn
1 small banana pepper or anaheim pepper
2 tblsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

In a stock pot, fill about half way with water.  Add salt, peppercorn and pork butt/shoulder.  Allow to boil until tender, approximately 1 hour.  Watch to make sure it does not run out of liquid.  Add water when needed.  When done, remove pork and place on chopping board.  Reserve the stock.  When cool enough, cut the pork into small bite size pieces. Set aside.

In a large pot or stock pot, heat oil. Add onions and garlic, and banana/anaheim pepper.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions are translucent.  Add oregano and bay leaf. Continue cooking, stirring constantly for another minute. Add the pork and liver.  Continue stirring and allow liver to cook thoroughly.  Add vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.  Allow to gently boil.  In a food processor or blender, add the blood and 1/2 cup of the pork stock.  Turn on the blender and mix until blood is no longer congealed and is liquified. Add the liquid from the blender into the pot.  Add the remaining stock and continue to gently boil for another 15 minutes.  The longer you boil, the vinegar will tone down.  Taste the stew, you can adjust the tanginess at this point.  If you like it tangier, add a 1/4 cup of vinegar. If you wish for a sweeter flavor, add another tablespoon of sugar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Serve over rice.

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