Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

Instant Pot Beef Shawarma

A Beef Shawarma sandwich or plate!  Yum!  It’s one of my favorites.  It’s one of the things I always order when I find myself at a Middle Eastern restaurant anywhere in the world.

Shawarma is sort of like the Greek Gyro or Turkish Doner Kebab; it’s a cone of seasoned meat or meats that’s cooked on a vertical spit.  Typically beef, lamb, and chicken are combined to form the large hunk of meat which is slowly grilled as it turns on its axis on the vertical spit.  Pieces of cooked meat are shaved off and stuffed in a pita with sauces, veggies, and pickles or placed on a plate with a serving of salad, hummus, rice, and pita bread.

I believe Shawarma started out as Middle Eastern street food where the sandwiches can be taken to go and eaten on as you go.  But these days you’ll find mixed meats, beef, and chicken shawarma on fast food and restaurant menus throughout the Middle East and beyond.

We love this tasty dish so much that we make it at home since there really aren’t any good Middle Eastern restaurants where we live.  Recently I’ve started making Beef Shawarma in my Instant Pot!  It’s the easiest and fastest way to make it!

We usually make Beef Shawarma sandwiches but we’ve also made Beef Shawarma plates and bowls.  We also use the leftover meat to top hummus, assuming we havhttp://www.savvynana.com/wp-admin/e leftovers that is!

But really the secret to this Beef Shawarma that tastes like you got it from a Middle Eastern restaurant isn’t in the way it’s cooked, the secret’s in the spice mix that’s rubbed on the meat!  Marinating the meat overnight ensures that the meat is infused with the exotic flavors of the spices.  Cooking it in the Instant Pot just makes the cooking process faster, but you can actually make it in the oven or on a grill if you don’t own this handy dandy electric pressure cooker.

Once you make the Beef Shawarma you can make it into a sandwich and top with your favorite toppings such as hummus, tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, and I love it with Tzatziki sauce! (I know I’m mixing Arabic and Greek foods, but who cares?  It tastes great!)

To make Instant Pot Beef Shawarma you’ll first need to make some of the Shawarma Spice Mix, so click here for the recipe!  

Then scroll down for the Instant Pot Beef Shawarma recipe!

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  1. Using a small knife drill 12 holes all over your roast
  2. Stuff a garlic half in each hole
  3. Mix Shawarma Spice Mix with 2 Tbs. ACV and 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  4. Rub this spice mixture all over the roast then place the meat in a covered dish or ziplock bag and let rest in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. I find that overnight works well.
  5. 30 minutes before cooking set the meat on the counter and let the temperature go down to room temperature
  6. Place remaining olive oil in instant pot and set pot to saute
  7. Sear the meat on all sides for about 5-8 minutes per side
  8. Add beef broth and remaining ACV to the pot
  9. Cover making sure the valve is set to sealing
  10. Set pot on Manual and adjust time to 60 minutes
  11. When pot turns off allow pressure to release naturally
  12. When pot is completely depressurized carefully open the lid and remove the meat
  13. Shred the meat and place in a bowl or baking sheet. At this point you can use the meat to make sandwiches, plates, or bowls. Or if you prefer you can crisp the ends by sprinkling a bit of the broth over the meat and popping the pan in the oven to broil on high for 10 minutes or just until the ends turn darker brown. If you are crisping it keep a close eye on the meat as it will burn quickly in the broiler.
  14. Store any leftovers with a bit of broth to keep it from drying out. Reheat in the microwave or in the over, drizzle some of the broth over the meat before reheating.
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Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

Chicken Sauteed in Shrimp Paste – Binagoongang Manok

binagoongang Binagoongang Manok or Chicken Sautéed in Shrimp Paste is a specialty from the Philippine province of Pampanga.  It was originally made with small cubes of pork and called Binagoongang Baboy but the simple recipe has been adapted to include chicken or even just veggies.

I think it’s a great way to use up that jar of Bagoong or shimp paste that usually ends up shoved in the back of my refrigerator.  I usually only use bagoong when having  Kare Kare. So many times the bagoong gets too old and dehydrated.  Recently I learned how to make Binagoongang Manok and it takes care of the open jar of bagoong sitting in the back of my fridge.

When I make Binagoongang Manok I use cubes of chicken, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and string beans.  And I add fresh spicy chili peppers like jalapenos.  You can also add cubes of eggplant if you like.

I love this simple dish because the bagoong gives it a sweet and salty taste and the jalapenos give it that pop of spicy heat.  It’s the perfect comfort food and a perfect example of good old Filipino home cooking!  Served over hot steamed white rice, it’s delish!

If you’re wondering where you can buy shrimp paste it’s available at any Asian market.  It’s sold in a jar, buy the one that’s already been sauteed like the Kamayan brand or something similar.

Here’s my recipe!  I hope you like it!

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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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Sweet, salty, and just a bit spicy. These tender cubes of chicken sauteed in shrimp paste is a perfect example of Filipino home cooking.
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil and fry chicken cubes until they are cooked and are turning brown
  2. Add Onions and Garlic and cook until onions start to turn translucent
  3. Add Tomato cubes and saute another 5 minutes
  4. Add string beans and saute until beans begin to soften
  5. Add the Bagoong, vinegar, and water and bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for about 10 minutes or until beans are completely cooked
  7. Remove lid, turn up heat to medium and fry until most of the liquid has evaporated, be sure to keep stirring so the meat doesn't burn.
  8. Remove from heat and serve over steamed white rice.
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Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) Recipe!!!

Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) Recipe!!!

Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans) is also one of my favorite Filipino food dishes. It is a Filipino Super food signature dish with its super simple ingredients but it is packed with super high nutrients. The ingredient we use is usually ampalaya leaves (bitter melon leaves) or better melon fruit. You can also use spinach as a substitute if no ampalaya leaves, you can also use cabbage or moringa fresh leaves and for the meaty taste you want, you can use leftover, fresh or dried chicken, beef, port or even fish. You can add any leafy vegetables you want and you can also add squash, green beans and okra.

In our province of Bohol, Philippines we all used those ingredients and will add one more yummy ingredient, our famous “Coconut Milk” and it’s all perfect! It’s a bowl full of vitamins and nutrients. Now a days we got lots of different versions and techniques on how to cook Munggo Guisado. You can make it simple. It’s all up to you.

Today, I’m gonna give you a different Munggo Guisado recipe version. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup green munggo beans

1 pc. ampalaya (bitter melon) seeded, sliced in diagonal pieces

200 g pork belly cut into strips

1 bunch spinach

1 pc. tomato diced

2-3 cloves garlic chopped

1 pc. small onion chopped

13 cups water

2 tbsp. cooking olive oil

½ tbsp. salt or salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Boil munggo beans in 6 – 10 cups water for 50 minutes or until tender then set aside.

In a wide pan over medium heat, pour in the oil then sauté garlic until light brown, add onion and tomato. Sauté for 1 minute or until onion is soft.

Add the pork and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add boiled munggo beans, the ampalaya and 3 cups of water.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes, or until ampalaya are tender.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Then add the spinach, cover, let it boil and remove from heat.

Serve while its hot,

Share to your family and friends! Enjoy!

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  1. Boil munggo beans in 6 – 10 cups water for 50 minutes or until tender then set aside.
  2. In a wide pan over medium heat, pour in the oil then sauté garlic until light brown, add onion and tomato. Sauté for 1 minute or until onion is soft.
  3. Add the pork and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until meat is cooked. Add boiled munggo beans, the ampalaya and 3 cups of water.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes, or until ampalaya are tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Then add the spinach, cover, let it boil and remove from heat.
  7. Serve while its hot,
  8. Share to your family and friends! Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can soak munggo beans in enough water overnight letting the beans take its own shell off, in this process the bean will be soft so you won’t need to boil the beans for 50 minutes. You just directly add the beans after you sauté the pork belly.

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Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Shrimp Sarciado – Filipino Recipe

Shrimp Sarciado

Shrimp Sarciado

Every so often I get a yen for some home cooked Filipino food like Shrimp Sarciado.  This favorite Filipino dish is usually done with fish, but  it’s also made with chicken, pork, and eggs. I like it best with shrimp.

Sarciado literally means “cooked with a thick sauce” in Tagalog, the main language spoken in the Philippines.  The word is derived from the Tagalog word “sarsa” that refers to a thick sauce which in turn comes from the Spanish word “salsa” which means sauce.

The “thick sauce” for this Filipino dish is composed mainly of tomatoes and eggs that is flavored with a light fish sauce called “Patis”.

Shrimp Sarciado is very simple to make. The “Patis” (Filipino Fish Sauce) gives it that delicate salty taste that is delicious served over steaming hot white rice.

You can find Patis in the condiment section of an Asian Market.  I use more Patis when I make this dish because I love the taste, you can adjust the amount you use according to taste.  You can also add more eggs if you like.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Extra Large Shrimp – shelled, deveined, tail on

1 Onion – sliced

1 Tomato – sliced

1 tbls. minced garlic

2 tbls. Patis

1 Egg

1 tbls. Oil

Directions:

1.  Saute sliced onions in oil until they start to turn translucent.

2.  Add minced garlic and saute for a minute more.

3.  Add shrimp and cook until they start turning pink.

4.  Add sliced tomato and cook until the tomato start giving off liquid, about 2-3 minutes

5.  Add Patis – stir well to evenly mix sauce in

6.  Add your raw egg – use spatula to “scramble” the egg into the other ingredients.  Be sure you break the yolk first so it will scramble.

Serve over steamed rice.

Shrimp Sarciado
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Delicately flavored Filipino specialty of shrimp stir fried with tomatoes, and eggs.
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
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Shrimp Sarciado
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Delicately flavored Filipino specialty of shrimp stir fried with tomatoes, and eggs.
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4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Saute sliced onions in oil until they start to turn translucent.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute for a minute more.
  3. Add shrimp and cook until they start turning pink.
  4. Add sliced tomato and cook until the tomato start giving off liquid, about 2-3 minutes
  5. Add Patis - stir well to evenly mix sauce in
  6. Add your raw egg - use spatula to "scramble" the egg into the other ingredients. Be sure you break the yolk first so it will scramble.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
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Fish Fillet with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Filipino Style)

Fish Fillet with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Filipino Style)

Fish Fillet with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Fish Fillet with Sweet and Sour Sauce  is another variety of popular sweet and sour dish that is commonly served in Chinese restaurants. The fish fillet comes fried in a crispy batter then the fish fillet mixed in sweet and sour sauce made of vinegar, pineapples, tomatoes, sugar and cornstarch.

There are many kinds of fish fillet you can use, if you can’t find labahita (surgeon fish) or lapu-lapu (grouper), you can use cream dory fillet or tilapia fillet since those fishes have tasty and white flesh. Since tilapia is common and popular to our place, tilapia is one of my favorite fish fillet. This dish is very easy to cook and usually served as main dish over steamed rice.

This is my version of Sweet and Sour Filipino Style Fish Fillet, my friends and family love it and I know you will this too.

 

Ingredients:

For the fish:

2 medium size tilapia or labahita (surgeon fish) or lapu-lapu (grouper) or cream dory fillet

1½ cup Japanese bread crumbs

4 pcs. lemon, juice extracted

2 pcs. eggs beaten

1 tbsp. salt or salt to taste

1 tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

2 pcs. of green bell pepper (optional)

2 clove garlic, minced

1 pc. onion, quartered

1½ tbsp. sugar or more

2 tbsp. cornstarch

1 tbsp. butter or margarine

1 cup pineapple juice

¼ cup cucumber, half round sliced (optional)

1 pc. tomato, half round sliced (optional)

¼ cup water

¼ cup vinegar

1 tbsp. soy sauce

 

Directions:

For the fish:

Wash and clean the fish, remove the skin and separate the flesh from the fish bones and cut the fillet into 1 inch crosswise.

Rub the fillet with lemon juice, a touch salt and pepper.

Then dip in beaten eggs, add a touch of salt and roll in bread crumbs.

Deep fry over medium heat until golden brown and set aside.

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

Mix thoroughly the cornstarch and sugar in ¼ cup water in a saucepan over low heat.

Add in green bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomato (optional), cucumber (optional), pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar and butter.

Turn the stove over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture starts to boil.

Cook for about 2-3 mins. or more until the sauce thickens then pour over fried fish fillets.

Serve while it’s hot,

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  1. For the fish:
  2. Wash and clean the fish, remove the skin and separate the flesh from the fish bones and cut the fillet into 1 inch crosswise.
  3. Rub the fillet with lemon juice, a touch salt and pepper.
  4. Then dip in beaten eggs, add a touch of salt and roll in bread crumbs.
  5. Deep fry over medium heat until golden brown and set aside.
  6. For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  7. Mix thoroughly the cornstarch and sugar in ¼ cup water in a saucepan over low heat.
  8. Add in green bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomato (optional), cucumber (optional), pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar and butter.
  9. Turn the stove over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture starts to boil.
  10. Cook for about 2-3 mins. or more until the sauce thickens then pour over fried fish fillets.
  11. Serve while it’s hot,
  12. Share and Enjoy!!!
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