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Caribbean Cabbage Stew with Pork and Okra

If you like ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€, you are going to want my ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ธ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ! Cabbage stews are nothing new to Cuban cuisine. In fact, I have a few recipes of Repollo or Col Guisada (Cuban Stewed Cabbage) recipes I can share with your guys, and if this is of interest, please comment below. These recipes are not to be confused with the bland weight loss cabbage now trending on YouTube! This Caribbean Cabbage Stew with Pork and Okra Recipe is a super flavorful dish heavily influenced by my time living in Jamaica and Trinidad. However, the seasoning and taste profile is more Cuban than anything else!

See the whole Caribbean Cabbage Stew with Pork and Okra Recipe at: https://cubanredneck.com/cabbage-stew-recipe/

With that said, this video recipe took a right turn after I when to my garden looking for some scotch bonnet peppers and found over a dozen okras ready to pick. At that point, my ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ข๐›๐›๐ž๐š๐ง ๐‚๐š๐›๐›๐š๐ ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐ž๐ฐ with Pork became a Caribbean Cabbage Stew with Pork and Okra. The combination of cabbage and okras is nothing new to me. As I mentioned in the video, more often than not when I make Quimbombo with Plantain Balls (Cuban Style Okra), I usually add a little be of cabbage for added texture. However, I have also seen the combination in Cajun and Creole recipes.

Since we are going to bring a whole enchilada of influences, we may as well talk about the tenderizing technique, one that is more often found in Chinese cuisine than Cuban or even Caribbean. I will be using country-style pork ribs for this recipe. That is a cut of meat that can be rubbery and tuff at times. However, it is very affordable just because of that reason. The solution is a 2-3 hour marinate with a mixture of 50/50 salt and baking soda! Yes, baking soda! That is pretty common on Beef Lo Mein or Beef Chow Mein recipes, and yes, some YouTubers have criticized this practice. But know that they used the wrong type of beef cut on the video, which points more to the legitimacy of the channel versus the technique itself! Anyhow, that is how we will start this Caribbean Cabbage Stew with Pork and Okra recipe.

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ธ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ

For this recipe, we'll need about 1.5 lbs of pork country-style ribs which we are going to rinse in water with vinegar. After padding them dry, we will sprinkle them with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and salt. To my tenderizing mixture, I also added a little bit of smoked paprika to determine the coverage. Put them in a mixing bowl, cover them and place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours. While the pork marinated and tenderizes, let's chop half an onion, bell pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, and 4-5 cloves of garlic along with 1 to 1.5 lbs. of Okra and half of a cabbage.   

After the two-hour wait for our pork to tenderize, we will rinse it well under the faucet to remove any leftover baking soda and reseasoned it with salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. With that done, we can start cooking our ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ธ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ.

Let's begin by bringing about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to temperature in a large pot. To this, we will add our Okra. Cook under medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. As it starts to show some brown edges add ยผ cup of lemon juice, cook for another minute or so, and put it back in the mixing bowl. After adding a little more oil, we can start the pork. We want to sear all sides under medium-high heat. Let's add our chopped onion, bell pepper, and scotch bonnet pepper as the meat begins to brown. Cook that for a couple of minutes or until the onions start getting translucent, then add the garlic. Continue to stir so that it does not burn or stick. As the pot begins to get dry, let's add 2-3 tablespoons of dry cooking wine to deglaze it. We are going to allow that to cook off a little bit and then add 2-cups of either vegetable or chicken stock.

Crank the heat to high and let it come to a boil before adding 2-cups of tomato or pasta sauce. Once again, let come up to temp and add 2-cups of water. At this point, we'll add our dry spices consisting of 1 teaspoon of salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir it, cover it, and let it cook under medium heat for 30-minutes. 

At the 30-minute mark, we are going to add the Okra back to the pot. Stir it, cover it, and cook for another 10 minutes. After the a10 minutes has expired, let's add the cabbage and cook for another 10-minutes, at which point we are going to taste for salt and if everything is good, remove it from the stove until ready to serve! 

I will be serving my Caribbean ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ and Okra with white rice, fried sweet plantains, and a cold beer! When you have a dish that is this flavorful, you don't need any distractions. Please come share your recipes at our Facebook group, Cuban Food Nation!  

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Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq2LXD637yI