Flavor of the Month: JARDINERA - A Recipe from The Maya Kitchen

Fiestas, Mother’s Day, Santacruzan,....and my birthday - they all happening in the merry month of May. So dust off your big party plates and polish your silverwares as you prepare your special dishes fit for never ending celebrations. You might wanna try Jardinera on one of those occasions. Jardinera is a mainstay of Filipino gatherings from way back. This recipe and more culinary ideas and course schedules are available on The Maya Kitchen.


4 tablespoons  margarine or butter
4 segments      garlic, minced
1 piece           large onion, diced
½ teaspoon    pepper
1 kilo             pork, boiled and cubed
¼ kilo            chicken liver, cooked and cubed
4 pieces         hotdog, cubed
1 piece          chorizo de bilbao , cubed
1 cup             tomato sauce
1 cup             grated cheese
½ cup            raisins
2 cups           drained pineapple tidbits
1 cup            diced sweet pickles
2 cups           broth
1 cup            breadcrumbs
1 cup            MAYA All-Purpose Flour
1 piece         hard-boiled egg, sliced
1 piece         medium red bell pepper, cut into strips


Line six leche flan molders with banana leaves or foil.  Set aside.  Heat butter in a saucepan then sauté garlic and onions.  Add pepper, pork, chicken liver, hotdogs, chorizo, tomato sauce, cheese, raisins, pineapple, pickles and broth.  Bring to a boil and lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs and flour to thicken.  Remove from fire.

In prepared molders arrange decoratively at the bottom of the pan the sliced egg and bell pepper. Divide the cooked mixture into s prepared pans/molders.  Cover with aluminum or banana leaves then bake in a preheated 375ºF/191°C or steam for 30 to 40 minutes.  Cool then invert on a serving platter.