Carne Adovada

Filet Mignon
2007/07/05 21:09:38
I just had some delicious carne adovada (meat marinated in red chile and other ingredients)made with chicken rather than pork. I got to wondering if carne adovada is a New Mexican thing, or is it from other Hispanic locations as well?
Filet Mignon
RE: Carne Adovada 2007/07/05 22:41:05
It's international but the spelling changes. In the Philippines, it's adobo. Some places, I believe, it's abovado (literally "arched" in Spanish I believe). The spices change but essentially, it's marinated meat. The Philippine version uses vinegar and black pepper. The New Mexican version uses chiles. Here's a recipe, where the spelling is adobado, that uses both (vinegar and chiles):
Adobado Pork Tenderloin

5 ancho chiles
2 cups boiling water
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large garlic cloves, halved
2 pounds pork tenderloin
Cooking spray

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chiles; cook 2 minutes, turning frequently. Remove from heat; cool. Discard stems and seeds. Combine roasted chiles and boiling water in a bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain well. Combine rehydrated chiles, broth, and next 9 ingredients (broth through garlic) in a blender; process until smooth. Cook chile paste in skillet over medium-low heat until very thick (about 8 minutes), stirring frequently. Cool.
Trim fat from pork. Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying flat. Place pork in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; spread chile paste over all sides of pork. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or overnight.

Prepare grill.

Remove pork from dish, reserving chile paste. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of pork. Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook for 8 minutes on each side or until thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink), brushing with reserved chile paste frequently.

8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)