Many thanks to the folks at Tuckahoe Library for a great time today. And congratulations to first grader Zack S. who won a free author visit for Ridge Elementary School!
Okay – our culinary celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues. From my kitchen to yours, I bring you my recipe for Old Clothes –aka Ropa Vieja. Don’t worry; it tastes much better than it sounds.
- flank or skirt steak
- 3 whole cloves of garlic
- onion (quartered)
- 1 carrot cut up in large chunks
- tomato (seeded and quartered)
- 6 cups of water
- small red pepper, cored, seeded, thinly sliced
- small green pepper, cored, seeded, thinly sliced
- 2 crushed cloves of garlic
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- olive oil
- 3/4 cup tomato puree
- 3/4 c red wine
- salt and pepper
In a big pot, put your meat, water, quartered onion, carrots, tomato and whole garlic cloves. Bring to boil and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Latin cooks often use a pressure cooker to reduce time (about 20 minutes total pressure time), but so many of my Anglo friends don’t even OWN a “Presto” that I’m going to tell you the long way.
In a pan, heat olive oil (enough to coat bottom). Add garlic and sliced peppers and onions. Cook until the vegetables are soft.
Add the meat into the tomato saute and continue to turn the meat until it is all coated. Spoon in a ladle or two of the broth to make the mixture more moist.
Serve with (what else?) white rice and fried bananas.
Meg’s next appearances:
Sept. 17, 2011 Southern Independent Booksellers Conference in Charleston, SC.
Sept. 24, 2011, 2 pm Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA. An informal book talk about my favorite Latino-themed books from picture books to adult. Ticket giveaways to Latin Ballet of Virgnia, Havana Restaurant and Lounge – and more.