Saturday, January 19, 2008

Rainy Saturday

Today it's raining already. It's 5 a.m. and already coming down in sheets. It's also cold, for Florida anyway!!

I have lots to do today. I have to get a baby shower gift, go to the baby shower, take Mike to work, get the girls ready and showered for the shower, cook supper and clean the house. I'm already tired just writing that!

I'm making Ropa Vieja (old Clothes) the recipe is as follows. I got it off of the following web site! It is so good!!! Yummy with some black beans and rice or just with rice!

One 2 ¼ to 2 ½ pound chuck roast or two 1 ¼ pound flank steaks 2 teaspoons fine sea or kosher salt, plus more for seasoning the beefFreshly ground pepperOnion powder3 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup Sofrito¼ teaspoon ground cuminTwo 8-ounce cans Spanish-style tomato sauce1 ½ cups water 3 tablespoons alcaparrado or coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives 2 bay leaves4 celery stalks, with leaves, cut into ¼-inch dice 3 medium carrots, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch dice1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Pound the chuck roast or flank steaks out with a heavy meat mallet until about ½ inch thick. Season both sides of the beef generously with salt, pepper and onion powder.
2. Heat the oil in a large, oven-proof, heavy skillet over high heat until rippling. Add the beef and cook it until well browned on both sides, about 10 minutes.
3. Drain or spoon off most of the fat from the pan. Stir in the sofrito, 2 teaspoons salt, and the cumin and bring to a boil. Depending on how much oil was left in the pan, you may have to add a little olive oil to give the mix a nice, creamy texture. Stir in the tomato sauce, water, alcaparrado or olives, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover the dish and bake until the meat pulls apart easily with a fork, about 2 ½ hours. Let stand in the sauce until cool enough to handle.
4. Shred the meat coarsely by hand or using two forks. Return it to the sauce and add the celery and carrots. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook a few minutes more. Watch the liquid as it cooks, and add more broth of water as needed.

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