Welcome to my kitchen! In this book, you will find 50 recipes that I learned from my Grandparents, Mom, and Great-grandmother. Back in Hoboken, NJ where I grew up, it was our tradition to cook for the family on Sunday. I remember from a very young age the smells of my Grandfather Cheo's and my Grandma's cooking. By noon the whole building would have a heavenly smell of traditional Cuban food! My friends, this book is just a little taste of the foods I was taught to cook, from the Congri to the Pernil to the Tamal en casuela. Que siga la tradicion! Buen Brovecho!
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Publication Date January 2019
No. Pages 74
No. Recipes 50
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ROPA VIEJA (Shredded Flank Steak)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 1/2 pounds sliced flank steak
1 bay leaf
1 packet of sazon
3 cups of water
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Yellow onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1- 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
5 tablespoons of sofrito
1 packet of beef bouillon
In a large metal pot (caldero), heat olive oil over medium heat. Season the steak with adobo and brown the meat (this will take around 10 minutes). Set aside.
In the same caldero add onion, peppers and garlic and sauté until translucent, then add the sofrito and cook for an additional 1 minute. Then add the tomato sauce, bay leaf, cumin, garlic, and oregano, stir to combine all. Add in 3 cups of water, sazon and bouillon cube. Bring to a boil and then add the steak to the pot and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer covered for 1 1/2 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork. Stir occasionally. Add more water if the pot becomes too dry. I add a little chicken stock or beef stock.
Remove meat to cutting board and shred with two forks. Return meat to the pot, mix with the sauce add cilantro to garnish.
Served with White Rice, Black beans, and Fried plantains (maduros)
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