Oh, thank goodness it's the weekend! This past two weeks have been crazy to say the least. A new school year just started and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. My kids' homeschool program have added new courses and activities this year that my kids and I are slowly getting used to it. I am sure that we'll catch up as the year progresses but today more than ever I've been looking forward to not thinking about American History or Spelling and just enjoying something fried, pick-the-meat-out-with-your-fingers, dip-it, lip-smacking, crunchy, tender deliciousness that is Crispy Pata I made a few weeks ago.
A little story on how this Crispy Pata came about. Last month, Annapet of Moonglow Gardens, who I've been chatting with on Twitter for weeks, invited my family to a picnic with her family so we could finally meet. My family had a great time, there were miles of food laid out plus games and raffles. To our surprise my son won the grand prize: a 50-pound bag of Jasmine rice and a deep-fryer! How awesome was that! My husband had a great idea of christening our new kitchen gadget with the crispy pata - perfect!
I served this for dinner with vegetarian Lumpiang Sariwa (something wholesome to balance out this fried dish) but noticed my kids and husband was just staring at the platter with the whole crispy pata. I guess it's a little intimidating having a huge big-as-your-face chunk of fried meat staring right back at you. So I took the initiative and slid my knife along the bone, chunks of meat just fell off and onto the platter. I cut them into manageable chunks and my family dug right in! Served with dipping sauce made of equal parts vinegar and soy sauce with crushed fresh garlic and minced onions, this was a perfect meal that night.
This was my first time cooking Crispy Pata at home and I know it will not be the last. This is one dish I'll definitely be making again this weekend.