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    Ropa Vieja - Tasty Cuban Dish

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    3 hrs 40 mins

    3 hrs

    40 mins

    Alejandro's Note:

    Old Spanish sailor dish. Its name, literally translated means old clothes. It is meant to describe the meat's ripped look. It should be served with white rice and optionally black beans.

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    1. 1
      First, boil water in a large cauldron and add salt and broth cube when water has reached a rolling boil.
    2. 2
      Once broth cube is dissolved, add meat.
    3. 3
      Let cook for two to three hours.
    4. 4
      Let the meat cool at room temperature until you can handle it with your hands.
    5. 5
      Rip the meat into long thin strands.
    6. 6
      This much meat should be enough for about 12 servings.
    7. 7
      You can divide the ripped meat into three piles and freeze it in ziploc bags for a later time.
    8. 8
      To prepare after freezing simply allow to defrost and follow recipe.
    9. 9
      Season ripped meat with garlic salt and lime.
    10. 10
      (Quantities indicated are for preparing a third of the total meat.) In a frying pan on medium heat pour olive oil and add garlic.
    11. 11
      When garlic browns, add onion, tomato and pepper.
    12. 12
      When onions are cooked add tomato sauce, water and salt.
    13. 13
      Allow sauce to reduce.
    14. 14
      Toss meat and allow to heat up for about 20 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 09, 2008


      Wow this was great! I was a little hesitant about trying this because my husband is from a Cuban family, but he LOVED it! I used diced tomatoes from a can because that was all I had on hand, but it was perfect! Thanks so much!

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    • on December 20, 2002


      I loved this recipe, but added 2 Tbsps Sofrito to sauce. Great with rice and black beans. Carole in Orlando

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    Nutritional Facts for Ropa Vieja - Tasty Cuban Dish

    Serving Size: 1 (418 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 364.5
    Calories from Fat 161
    Total Fat 17.9 g
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    Cholesterol 69.8 mg
    Sodium 1745.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 6.0 g
    Protein 38.1 g

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