Last week I posted a survey at the Restaurant La Casa page on Facebook and asked,”Is there anything more Cuban than yuca con mojo (manioc with a garlic-and-sour-orange dressing)? This question had a great reception, and it had 66 votes in a few hours. Up to this moment I am writing this post the first place was shared with ropa vieja and black beans, followed closely by (barbecued) roast pork.
This small survey should not stop here, because I value very much the opinion of La Casa friends at Facebook. So I decided to publish this week these most popular Cuban recipes. I will begin with the famous Ropa vieja (shredded beef). I will use as a guide the recipe which appeared in the famous 1980 edition of Cocina al Minuto by Nitza Villapol. Here it goes:
½ pound of beef, boiled
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp of oil or lard
3 tbsp of tomato puree
3 tbsp of cooking wine
1 tbsp of salt
1/8 tsp of ground pepper
1 bay leaf
Separate the meat in loose threads, as if shredded. Cut the onion and pepper in thin slices. Crush the garlic and fry slightly. Add the meat, onion and pepper. Sauté everything for a few minutes, stirring all the time. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover the pan and let it cook in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve right away. This recipe serves three portions.
Well, for those who did not know the recipe, now you can cook it yourselves. This is surely a classic of Cuban food, which we also offer in the menu at La Casa. Bon Appétit!