Filipino Kare Kare (Oxtail in Peanut Butter Sauce)

The Filipino Kare Kare 2 (Oxtail in Peanut Butter Sauce) Sautéed Salted Shrimp Fry Sauce (Bagoong Guisado): This can be bought ready-made in a jar at an Asian food store. 

Filipino Kare Kare (Oxtail in Peanut Butter Sauce)

3 lbs. oxtail pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
I medium-sized onion, sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup annatto water
1/2-2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 Japanese eggplants, sliced thick diagonally
1 bunch fresh spinach, cut into 3-inch pieces
salt to taste

In a covered deep pan over medium high heat, bring oxtail pieces to a boil in enough water to cover it. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 3 hours or until meat is tender. Season with salt. Set aside. Remove fat from top of liquid.

In a deep pan over medium heat, sauté garlic in oil until lightly browned. Add onion, cook for 1 minute. Add cooked oxtail pieces with 2 cups of its liquid, peanut butter and annatto water.

Stir thoroughly to blend flavors. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add green beans and eggplants. Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Turn off heat. Add spinach, cover for 1 minute. Serve immediately. Serve with sautéed salted shrimp fry sauce. Use sauce sparingly. Serves 4-6
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