INGREDIENTS - Chicken Adobo
Banana Catsup (banana ketchup)
Method for the chicken Adobo
1 To make the chicken adobo filling, heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add chicken thighs in batches, in a single layer and brown (4-5 mins). Once all chicken is browned transfer to a medium bowl.
2 Heat the same pan on medium, add a bit of oil and toast garlic and pepper till fragrant. Add the chicken back in and the rest of the adobo ingredients, don’t stir, just put the lid on for the first 10 mins. If the chicken isn’t covered in liquid add ½ to 1 cup water.
3 Bring liquid to the boil on medium high heat, then turn down to medium low and simmer with the lid on for about 20 mins (or till chicken is cooked and juices run clear). Stir every once in a while and turn down if starting to boil.
4 Once chicken adobo is cooked take it off the heat and allow to cool, however if the sauce is too runny remove the chicken and allow sauce to thicken on medium high heat. Tear the chicken into bite sized pieces with two forks. Toss with the thickened adobo sauce ready to go into the pies.
For the Homemade Banana Catsup (banana ketchup)
1 Heat oil in a medium non-stick pan on medium heat. Cook the eschalots until translucent.
2 Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric and all spice. Cook till the spices are fragrant.
3 Add the tomato paste and cook for a minute, stirring well. Follow with vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and mashed banana. Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often until it starts to thicken.
4 Add a bit of water as needed to reach desired consistency. It’s usually best between thick and runny. Taste and add extra seasoning to your liking. Take off the heat. If you want a smoother sauce, blend with a stick blender. To store, allow sauce to cool and transfer to an airtight container or sterilised jar. Refrigerate for up to 3 months+. It can be kept longer, but use your own judgement.
Assembling the Adobo Pies
1 Preheat oven to 220°C and place a baking tray into the oven. Whisk egg and milk together for egg wash. Grease your pie pans of choice with butter (I used a medium muffin tin with 6 x 200ml capacity).
2 For the pie bases cut 6 circles to fit your muffin tin from the shortcrust pastry and line the muffin tin with your pastry. Fill with cooled chicken adobo mix. Brush the top edges of the pastry with water.
3 For the pie lids cut 6 circles from the puff pastry. Place over meat and press to seal the edges with a fork. Cut a small cross in the middle of each pie to allow steam to escape. Trim the edges to neaten and brush the tops with egg wash. Place prepared pies onto a hot tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve with the banana catsup.