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Cuban Ropa Vieja

Cuban Ropa Vieja


For 2 (For 4)

Beef Strips: 1 pack (2 packs)

Cornflour: 1 pod (2 pods)

Chicken Stock Pot: 1 (2)

Onion: 1 (2)

Green Pepper: 1 (2)

Crushed Garlic: 1 sachet (2 sachets)

Dried Oregano: 1 pod (2 pods)

Ground Cumin: 1 pod (2 pods)

Paprika: 1 pod (2 pods)

Chopped Tomatoes: ½ can (1 can)

Basmati Rice: 1 bag (2 bags)

Olives: 1 (2)

Flat Leaf Parsley: 1 bunch (2 bunches)

Nutritional Information:

Per serving: Energy (kcal) 773 Fat 26g of which saturates 8g Carbohydrates 88g of which sugars 9g Protein 45g Salt 2.73g

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Recipe Description:

It may not sound so tasty, given that ropa vieja is Spanish for ‘old clothes’, but this dish is beloved across Cuba and the Caribbean. The name probably refers to the way the meat starts to fall apart as it tenderises during the braising process, although there’s a charming bit of folklore about a poor man who was so desperate to provide food for his family that he stewed some rags in his cooking pot; praying over them, he found that they had miraculously turned into beef. The Spanish influence on Cuban cuisine can be seen here, with ingredients like oregano and especially olives, which provide a fruity, piquant note to this hearty dish.

  • Preparation time:

    For 2 - 20 minsFor 4 - 25 mins
  • Cooking time:

    For 2 - 50 minsFor 4 - 60 mins

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