Loslos

(Filipino Deep-Fried Pork Ribs)

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July 4: Filipino-American Friendship Day

While the United States is celebrating its Independence Day, the Philippines is acknowledging Republic Day (also known as Filipino-American Friendship Day). The holiday was initially a commemoration of the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946, to coincide with America’s birthday (Philippine Independence Day is on June 12). But now it is simply a day to recognize the special and historical relationship between peoples of the two nations.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and BBQ ribs are popular foods during America’s Independence Day gatherings. If cooking ribs, give them a Filipino flair by frying them à la state fairs and festival style. “Loslos” is a delicious deep-fried pork ribs recipe from Cebu, although various provinces have similar versions. The meat is marinated in “adobo” sauce (vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ground black pepper) then dredged in seasoned flour before frying. These pork ribs are popular at parties for independence/republic day dining and certainly for Filipino-American Friendship Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Serious Eats)

Ingredients

  • 1 slab baby back pork ribs
  • ½ cup sugar cane (rice or apple cider) vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying

Directions

Wash and dry the meat. Cut the slab of pork to make individual ribs. Arrange them in a deep baking pan. In a bowl, make the adobo marinade by mixing the vinegar, soy sauce and minced garlic.

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Add the black pepper and oyster sauce. Pour over the ribs, turning and coating them in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Dredge a wet rib in the flour mixture.

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Deep fry at 375 degrees F in batches until golden brown and cooked through (about 7-8 minutes). Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper to taste. Or serve hot with BBQ sauce or a vinegar-soy sauce dip.

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Notes

  • For bite-sized pork ribs, ask the butcher to cut across the ribs into smaller pieces. Adjust/shorten frying time.
  • Search our blog for other patriotic and Pinoy foods.
  • Also, Happy 4th of July, America! God shed His grace on thee!

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

July 4: American Independence Day/July 12: Eat Your Jell-O Day

Happy birthday, U.S.A.! At the backyard barbecues and summer socials we attend on this American holiday, people share potluck side dishes and desserts at the host’s home. We usually contribute a flag cake but sometimes it is too filling and heavy. So we bring “Broken Glass Jell-O” in patriotic colors (red, white and blue) instead because it is lite and cool. The recipe is easy and versatile—change the colors of the Jell-O to reflect the holiday (orange and lemon yellow for fall; strawberry or cherry red and lime for Christmas; etc.). Nosh on this nostalgic dessert on July 4 (American Independence Day) and also on July 12 (Eat Your Jell-O Day)!!!

Recipe

(From Phyllis S.)

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (1 large box or 2 small boxes) blue Jell-O (blueberry)
  • 6 ounces (1 large box or 2 small boxes) red Jell-O (strawberry, cherry or raspberry)
  • water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

In a bowl, dissolve the blue Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well. In another bowl, dissolve the red Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir well. Pour each into two 8-inch square pans. Cool to set in the refrigerator.

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

In a bowl, dissolve the unflavored gelatin in 2 cups boiling water. Stir well. Cool slightly then mix in the condensed milk. Then cool completely at room temperature (do not refrigerate yet).

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Cut the blue and red Jell-O into small squares. Place in a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan. Pour the cooled milk mixture over the Jell-O squares. Refrigerate until firm. Slice into 24 blocks. Arrange on a platter and serve chilled.

Patriotic Broken Glass Jell-O

Notes

  • Thanks to Phyllis S. for sharing the recipe with us and gifting us with a Jell-O cookbook, “The Magic of Jell-O,” which has additional recipes for Jell-O desserts.
  • Search our blog for other patriotic and Jell-O recipes.

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Red, White and Blue Strawberries 

July 4: American Independence Day

Happy birthday, America! People are especially patriotic today and traditionally celebrate the country’s independence by watching parades and fireworks; stimulating the economy by shopping at the sales; or spending time, relaxing and feeding our faces (of course!) with family and friends. On this national holiday, we usually grill burgers and hot dogs or barbecue spare ribs, steaks or chicken. Sometimes we also prepare a patriotic parfait or American flag cake. Today we tried a simple sweet treat featuring red strawberries, white chocolate and blue sanding sugar for a cute red-white-and-blue dessert as a festive Fourth of July food!

Recipe

(Inspired by Internet photos)

Ingredients

  • strawberries
  • white chocolate or vanilla candy wafers
  • blue sanding sugar

Directions

Wash and dry the strawberries.  Melt the white chocolate or vanilla candy wafers in the microwave as directed on the package. Stir until smooth.

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Dip each strawberry two-thirds with the melted chocolate or vanilla candy. Place on waxed paper to set slightly. Before the coating hardens, generously dip the bottom third of the strawberry into the blue sanding sugar. Place on waxed paper to set completely or display in mini-paper cupcake/muffin cups.

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Notes

  • Strawberries should be at room temperature for dipping or they will “sweat” after cooling.
  • White chocolate or vanilla candy wafers may also be melted in a double boiler.
  • It is best to prepare the red-white-and-blue strawberries on the day of the meal or as close to serving as possible for freshness. The strawberries tend to leak some juices and the coating melts in higher temperatures. Refrigerate to solidify the coating as necessary.
  • Search our blog for more festive Fourth of July foods.

Baby Back Ribs with Honey BBQ Sauce

Honey BBQ Ribs

July 4: American Independence Day; National Barbecued Spareribs Day

Happy birthday, United States! Many Americans traditionally celebrate this holiday by watching patriotic parades and fireworks and barbecuing burgers or hot dogs. Since today coincides with National Barbecued Spareribs Day, another option is to barbecue some spareribs!  We have tried dry rubs and wet saucy ribs during our travels across the country, but we personally prefer the sweet and sticky style pork baby back ribs, like the ones served at Tony Roma’s restaurants.  Instead of buying their BBQ sauce at the gift shop, we decided to make our own “Carolina Honeys” sauce at home. We don’t have a grill—yet—so we baked the ribs in the oven.  But they were just as flavorful—and fabulous for the Fourth of July!

Recipe

(Adapted from Recipe Zaar)

Ingredients

  • 1 rack of pork baby back spareribs
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder and Tabasco sauce

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and mix well over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Reserve some for basting and some for dipping.

Honey BBQ Ribs

Season ribs with salt and pepper. Grill or bake the ribs until cooked. Half an hour before they are done, baste with the sauce. Cut the ribs between the bones before plating. Serve with extra dipping sauce.

Honey BBQ Ribs

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