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Ropa Vieja (Fast & Slow)

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FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 9 to 10 hours 40 minutes active

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Ropa Vieja (Fast & Slow)

Ropa vieja, considered by many to be the national dish of Cuba, is a stewy mixture of shredded beef with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, often accented with briny olives. The name translates as “old clothes,” a reference to the tattered look of the slow-simmered and shredded meat. We preferred flank steak for its rich, meaty flavor, and for the way its fibers shred easily after braising. Look for an extra-large flank steak, which should weigh about 3 pounds, or use multiple steaks. This recipe makes a generous amount, but leftovers reheat well. Ropa vieja traditionally is served with rice and beans; we also like a simple cabbage slaw alongside to add crunch and bright flavor.

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Tip

Don’t forget to reserve ¼ cup of the tomato juices before draining the can; adding the reserved liquid to the pot along with the tomatoes will prevent the “burn” error message from appearing on the display. Before shredding the beef, make sure to discard the accumulated liquid in the bowl; if poured back into the pot, the liquid will water-down the dish.

FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 9 to 10 hours

40 minutes active

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