It is cold out which means an excuse to eat large bowls of beef stew . . .i normally get my fix at Sophie's with a huge plate of ropa vieja at lunch (although this is not good for any productivity as it is definite to cause a food coma) . . . my last trip to Sophie's inspired me to give the dish a try at home. . .
i chose this recipe because it seemed do-able and although a project, less steps than some others. . .it came out really tasty and my husband and i, along with my sister in law and brother in law, finished off every last bit. . .
*we found it difficult to shred the meat with a fork and resorted to our hands- we probably could have left the meat cooking in for a little while longer which would have made it even more tender (we cooked it for around an hour and a half -i would do two hours next time)
*it was a bit bland so i added some salsa verde just before serving which gave it a needed kick.
*as you can see, we served ours with yellow rice and crusty bread.
also, on the cuban front, we are very exciting about the arrival of cubana cafe to park slope- cute place with good food that has been in soho for a long time. . . the chicken with mango salsa is delicious (i think it is #18 on their menu).
Send me some of your favorite stew recipes. . .the winter has just begun.