Hola Amigos, bienvenido a mi cocina!Tonight we spent the evening in Havana. This recipe is Ropa Vieja which literally translates to “torn clothes”. The reason why it’s called this is because the meat is torn and shredded like old worn clothing. This dish is made with flank steak and is marinated in beer and Adobo seasoning and a Sofrito which is tomatoes, onions and green and red peppers. A Sofrito is the base for most dishes in Cuban and Latino cuisine. This recipe is a typical Cuban dish and is just screaming with Latin flavor. Here in New York City our food is as diverse as our people. We have a very large Latino community. Mostly Puerto Rican and Dominican but some Cubans as well. We have the largest Puerto Rican population outside of Puerto Rico. New York City is truly a melting pot of cultures. As a native New Yorker, I am lucky to be able to experience all these ethnic cuisines. You will find that I will be posting a lot of ethnic recipes as I just love ethnic foods. So while you are making this recipe, turn on some nice Cuban music and imagine that you are in Old Havana….the days before the Revolution when Havana was a beautiful tropical city. I served mine with rice and it made a delicious Cuban meal. To see how I make my Ropa Vieja, keep on reading!
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