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When it rains…

Submitted by on January 18, 2010 – 2:53 pm6 Comments

It’s raining like crazy here in So Cal. And seriously, we don’t know what to do with ourselves when there is “weather.”

Mostly, we stay indoors and complain to each other via text or telephone. But then, we also feel like we should be making some sort of hearty soup or such for dinner.

I’ve had half a dozen conversations with friends today who all feel like this kind of weather calls for a big pot of chili.

Me? I’m Cuban. This kind of weather calls for a nice big pot of Ropa Vieja. =D

Buen Provecho!

Crockpot Ropa Vieja

The Meat:

1 ½ – 2 lb. flank steak

½ green pepper, sliced into strips
½ Spanish onion, sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Coarse Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin
½ cup red wine

1. Put all these ingredients into the crockpot in order. Add water to just cover the steak.

2. Set it on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.
3. When the meat is very tender (comes apart with a fork), remove from the crockpot and finely shred it into a separate dish.

The Sauce:
The pepper, garlic, and onion from the crockpot
3 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 cups beef broth
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 tsp. oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

1. With a slotted spoon, remove the onion, garlic and peppers from the crockpot and sauté in a large frying pan.

2. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste and beef broth.
3. Add the shredded beef to the tomato mixture and cook together for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve with white rice.

It’s the perfect dish for a cold and rainy day.

(previously posted in another form on Babalu blog.)

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