Jun 10

Beating the heat, part two

The next best solution to a homemade meal without turning on the oven = crockpot.  Who says it’s just for cold weather?  Not me…

Once again, I broke my rule for using a recipe that required cooking meat before putting it in the slow cooker, but it was only on the stove for about 5 minutes 🙂  The end result was totally worth it.

I also used london broil instead of flank steak (what can I say…it was on sale that week) and again, got a fantastic end result.  It shreds very nicely when slow cooked so it definitely works when making “old clothes”.

And a big oops – I forgot to add the tomato sauce!  No matter – pardon my echo – the end result was still delicious.  But, just incase you don’t have any on hand, you can still make this dish and be very pleased.

Ropa Vieja
adapted from Allrecipes

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pounds london broil
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cans (12 oz) tomato sauce
1 large onion, sliced
1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Add vegetable oil to a hot skillet, followed by meat.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Place meat in crockpot, then pour in tomato sauce and beef broth, followed by all other ingredients.  Stir until well blended.  Cook on high for about 4 hours, or on low for about 8-9 hours.

Remove meat, shred and serve with rice.

Serves 6-8.

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9 Responses to Beating the heat, part two

  1. This must have tasted very flavourful!

  2. Joanne says:

    Haha the post I read before this was also about using the crockpot to beat the heat! Maybe that’s a sign…

    This ropa vieja looks delicious!

  3. Crockpot cooking during a heat wave sounds like a great idea. I use my rice cooker too, but plug it in an outdoors outlet on the deck.

  4. Reeni says:

    The crockpot works wonders on meat like this! Sounds so flavorful and incredibly delicious!

  5. shopannies says:

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  6. Lora says:

    I am making this later, is it tomato paste or sauce that is needed? I will let you know how it is. This is what my husband orders at every cuban restaurant!

  7. Lora, it’s sauce. Let me know how you guys like it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This recipe is delicious! The london broil was perfect because it shredded very nicely as you said…

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’m making this tomorrow (assuming I don’t lose power and can power my crockpot!) and can’t wait!

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