Monday, December 26, 2011

Arroz ala Cubana



ground beef
bell pepper, cubes
onions, minced
garlic, minced
tomatoes, sliced
potatoes, cubed
tomato sauce
cayenne pepper
saging na saba
salt and pepper


1. Season met with salt and pepper, set aside
2. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic, onions and tomatoes.
3. Add the bell peppers and the meat until the meat is brown and tender.
4. Add tomato sauce and let it simmer.
5. Season with spices (cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper).
6. Add the potatoes and let it simmer until cooked.
7. Add the raisins and set the dish aside.
8. Fry the sliced bananas with salt and sugar.
9. Fry eggs and serve the eggs, banana and meat together (with or without rice).

Although  the meat can be eaten on its own, you really shouldn't. Arroz ala Cubana is a complete package. The spice, the sweet, the salty --- and you have to have all the different tastes in a single bite. I do not eat it with rice, because I've mentioned many times before that I am not a rice person, but it's better served with hot rice. Some versions of this will have more tomato sauce. Some versions of this will not have potatoes. I particularly like this version because I love potatoes and I do not like it to be wet. 

As I've mentioned in my blog,  I cooked this dish for my good friend Didi. We love to eat together when she was still here in Manila, but she got married, a month after I did, and her husband stole her from me and took her to Dubai. She visited a few months ago, to fix some papers, and I cooked this dish because I know that it is one of her favorites --- I say this because whenever we go to Dulcinea, this is what she orders, no fail. Just like when we go to Uncle Moe's --- she orders Kofta Balls, without fail --- I miss Didi!

Anyway, try this dish because it's very simple. Keep the eggs runny so that it will coat the beef and the banana. Yum yum yum, I'm hungry now!

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