Uncle Don's Hawaiian Recipes

Hawaiian "Pipi" Stew

This has nothing to do with the bathroom. "Pipi" is Hawaiian for beef.
  • 4 lbs brisket of beef, trimmed of 50% fat cut to bite size
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped to bite size
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 2 round onions, med, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped bite size
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped (to taste)
  • 1 t Hawaiian rock salt, pa’akai, or kosher, (to taste)
  • 1 med can chopped tomatoes
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 t oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 t Hawaiian chili pepper water (optional: it’s hot!)
You get pressure cookah? If you get, that’s the easy way so we try dat. With the lid off, put the oil inside the cookah with medium high heat, and brown da meat all over. When you get that done then add four cups water, 1 t Hawaiian salt, 6 peppercorns, bay leaves, onions, celery and garlic, put the lid on good, bring to pressure and when you hear the little thing spitting like pssst, pssst, slow like, den you cook for 15 minutes, after da kine starts rocking. Adjust da heat so it rocks slowly.

After the 15 minutes, try cool the pressure cooker down under the cold water tap and when cool enough for open the lid, do so, check to make sure meat is almost done, and add the tomatoes, potatoes and carrots, put the lid back on good, bring it back up to heat again and den, when da kine rocks again, try cook’em for 5 minutes more. Got dat? Wait a minute, I forgot for add the chili pepper water...go ahead, I wait for you...if meat not cooked enough, give 'em another 5 minutes shot.

Now, some guys like to cook the potatoes and carrots separate and dat's okay, because den you get’em just how you fella like em. If that’s the way you gon cook da veggies, then cook da meats for 20 minutes and then add the rest at the end. See how easy? Smart me no? I even tell when to put lid off and on. Serve this in a bowl with white sticky rice and if you can find it, some 2 day old poi and a ice cold orange soda. Broke da mouth. Enjoy..."Uncle Don." 

Oh yeah, as the cookbook says, "adjust the seasoning"!

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