Saturday, November 01, 2014

Ropa Vieja

I finally got it right. After years of mixing a dozen versions, my family agrees this came out the best! And it only takes 15 minutes to prepare...

Ropa Vieja

-       1.5-2 lb flank steak
-       1 onion, sliced
-       1 green pepper, sliced
-       2-3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
-       2 tsp cumin
-       2 tsp oregano
-       1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
-       1 cup beef broth
-       ½ cup red wine

Salt and pepper both sides of steak. Heat oil in pan. Pan fry flank steak for 5-7 minutes on both sides. While steak is cooking, slice onion and pepper (with mandolin if possible). Remove steak from pan and place in crock pot. Add garlic, peppers, onions, tomatoes, broth and wine. Season with cumin and oregano (more for stronger flavor and crushed red peppers for heat). Cover and simmer on high 4-5 hours. Remove meat and pull apart. Place steak back in pot and heat on low for at least another hour. Serve with white rice (and black beans and plantains if desired for a proper Cuban meal).

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