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Old Clothes or Ropa Vieja

Added: Tuesday, June 8th 2010 at 12:31pm by cubanstories
Related Tags: food, food recipe

"I guess if you tell guests that you are serving for dinner Old Clothes, you can get some surprised stares. But this Cuban dish is a winner and it translates into steak hash with tomato sauce."

Ready In:
2 hours
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
  • One 2 1/2 pound flank steak, cut in half
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups drained and chopped canned whole tomatoes or prepared tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped drained pimientos for garnish
  • 1/2 cup drained canned sweet peas for garnish

(1) Place the beef and 1 bay leaf in a large saucepan, cover with salted wter, and cook over low heat, covered, until the meat is tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove the meat from the stock (save the stock for another use), allow to cool at room temperature, then cut the meat into 2-inch chunks.

(2) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over low heat until fragrant, then cook the onions, bell pepper, and garlic, stirring, or until the onions are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sherry, and
the remaining bay leaf, and cook, uncovered, an additional 15 minutes.

(3) When the meat is cool, shred it with your fingers, season with salt and pepper, add it to the tomato mixture, cover, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, garnish with pimientos and peas, and serve with white rice. The dish can be repared a day or two in advance, cooled, and refrigerated, and then simmered, covered, over low heat until heated through, 30 to 35 minutes.

Recipe from "Memories of a Cuban Kitchen" by Mary Urrutia Randelman and Joan Scwartz

User Comments

Sounds delicious. Will try to make it this week..love Cuban food provided it's not too "hot".

This dish is not  hot provided you use green bell peppers and not hot peppers.

Hope you like it.

Ropa Vieja is one of my favorites. Another one you made me think of is "Arroz blanco con Jevos fritos y patanitos" White rice, fried eggs, and plantains. It was always one of those quick get-you by-meals. I love it.

I will try . I love food. {#basic-laugh.gif}{#basic-laugh.gif} Air Jordan

I am going to make Cuban Beef Stew today.  Will post the recipe later for those who want to try it!

I made this dish loved it very good, my uncle liked it so much he's thinking about adding it to his restraunt menu.

I am glad.  Wow! what type of restaurant does your uncle have?

seafood but has a few menu changes this month and he liked this and changed a few things though. I'll have to take a pic of what he made one day..

Great.  Hope he includes the recipe and his clientele likes it.  Let me know!

Yummy! I will try this.

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