Pisto Manchego is a Spanish stew made with vegetables, jamon serrano, and tomatoes. But since jamon serrano is non-existent in Korea and it takes about 18 months to cure (I can’t wait that long!) I decided just to go with ground pork (되지고기 간것). You don’t need the meat. I just think it adds flavor. I’ve left out the meat for vegetarians.
You can prepare this as a main course if you wish, but I generally make it as a side or some delicious tapas! see also : Korean Chorizo recipe (초리조)
As for the vegetables you can use whatever is in your fridge. We just happened to find a deal on Eggplant and decided to throw that in. Though… I would highly suggest adding some red bell peppers.
Preptime: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 people for a main course, 4 as a side dish.
What you’ll need (필요한 것):
- a medium fry pan
- a garlic mincer
- 50g ground pork (되지고기 간것)
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped (양파)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced (마늘)
- 1/2 zucchini or Korean white squash, diced (애호박 / 주키니)
- 1/2 eggplant, diced (가지)
- 2 tomatoes, skinned, deseeded, chopped (토마토)
- 1/2 red pepper, deseeded, chopped (팝리카)
- 1 tbl. oregano (오레가노)
- 1/2 tbl. chili pepper powder (고추가루)
- olive oil, or substitute (올리브油)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan until it just starts smoking.
- Turn to low heat and add the meat (if using) and onions and fry for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the onions turn brown.
- Add the garlic and fry for one minute or less.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well (and a tad more oil if deemed necessary).
- Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!
- That was easy wasn’t it? Not only is it easy, it’s also an international crowd pleaser (even without the meat).
- Be careful, as some Korean olive oil substitutes, such as rice embryo oil (살눈유) won’t smoke as quickly as olive oil.
- Ground pork obviously won’t have the same taste as jamon serrano, but you gotta take what you’re given over here. Ground pork will also provide more juice than cured ham will. So keep that in mind if you’re trying to both vegetarians and carnivores.
- This “stew” reheats really well and will keep for a good week or so; so make tons!
- Substitute the tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of chili pepper paste for a more Korean taste! see also : Korean Omelette recipe (오무라이스)