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    Silpancho (Traditional Bolivian Meal)

    Silpancho (Traditional Bolivian Meal). Photo by Emily Elizabeth

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    1 hr 30 mins

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    30 mins

    Emily Elizabeth's Note:

    This is a Bolivian Dish that I learned from my good friend's mom. I am posting the entire meal since I think everything goes so well together. I have provided preparation steps below that you can do the day beforehand to help cut down on time spent cooking the day of. I recommend going to a latino market for the meat if possible. Tell them you want "carne por milanesas, mas suave" and it will be well worth it. I make Easy Authentic Guacamole with the leftover salsa the next day.

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    • 453.59 g thin sliced soft beef
    • 473.18 ml breadcrumbs (estimated amt, use as needed)
    • adobo seasoning (with cumin, "con cumin")
    • vegetable oil


    Salsa (topping for meat)

    • 2 vine-in plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
    • 1 finely diced jalapeno
    • 78.07 ml finely diced red onion

    Fried Sliced Potatoes

    Fried Eggs

    • 8 eggs
    • vegetable oil


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      PREPARE POTATOES: Add whole peeled potatoes to boiling lightly salted water. Boil about 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked but still firm (overcooking will cause slicing thin to be more difficult). Put potatoes in the fridge to cool (this can be done the day before).
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      PREPARE RICE: Cook rice as directed (this can be done the day before). Dice a 1/2 red pepper and 1/4 cup red onion. Put in a container and add 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro or 1 tsp dried cilantro. Store container in fridge until ready to fry rice (this can be done the day before).
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      PREPARE MEAT: Lightly dust both sides of meat with Adobo Seasoning Con Cumin (just tap it out, don't shake on).
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      Pour some of the bread crumbs onto a plate. Lay one slice of meat over the crumbs, sprinkle more bread crumbs on top and pound into meat using a meat mallet (or make a fist and pound with the side of your hand). Flip the meat over and sprinkle more bread crumbs on the other side if needed and pound again so that both sides are well covered in crumbs and meat is flattened out. Repeat on each slice of meat. Store in fridge until ready to cook (this can be done the day before).
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      PREPARE SALSA: Dice tomatoes, onions and jalapeños and mix together. Store in the fridge until ready to serve (this can be done the day before). (Time Saver: Use a food processor to chop onions and jalapeño and then stir hand diced tomatoes).
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      FRY RICE: Heat 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add cooked rice and prepared red pepper, red onion & cilantro. Toss well. Add 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) and Cook 10-15 minutes tossing frequently. Remove and keep warm in covered serving dish.
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      FRY POTATOES: While the rice is cooking, heat another skillet over moderately high heat and pour oil so that it covers the entire bottom and is about 1/8 deep. Slice cooled potatoes about 1/2" thick. Add slices one at a time until you have 1 layer on the bottom of the pan and there is space between each one. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Cover and keep warm.
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      FRY MEAT: When rice is done, add about oil to emptied skillet so that it is about 1/4-1/2" deep and heat so that it is hot, but not smoking. Place a few slices of meat in skillet and cook about 1.5 minutes or until edges become golden brown and meat actually lifts up in the center. Flip and cook on other side about 1 minute or until cooked through. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining meat. Cover and keep warm.
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      FRY EGGS: (Begin this just before serving your meal) When the potatoes are done, use the same skillet for the eggs reducing heat to medium low. (TIP: Make sure skillet has cooled before adding eggs - you don't want them to cook too fast or the egg whites will become hard before the yolks are cooked). Add eggs individually so they remain separate and fry just until yolks are cooked, flipping once. Serve immediately.
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      PLATING THE FOOD: On each plate, serve about 2-3 pieces of meat topped with prepared salsa, about a cup of rice, 5 potato slices and 2 eggs (salted if desired).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 10, 2009


      Just like my Abuela makes it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Silpancho (Traditional Bolivian Meal)

    Serving Size: 1 (690 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1274.9
    Calories from Fat 222
    Total Fat 24.7 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 488.9 mg
    Sodium 911.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 198.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.0 g
    Sugars 8.4 g
    Protein 58.8 g

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