ROPA VIEJA + MADUROS

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VIBES: The XX “Sunset” Sza “Shattered Ring” Sampha “Reverse Faults”

Ropa Vieja INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 pounds chuck roast, brisket, or flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons (or more if using flank steak) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Diamond Crystal or 3½ teaspoons Morton kosher salt
  • 8 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken/beef stock
  • 4 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican or Italian oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • Chopped cilantro, white rice, maduros, and black beans (for serving)

Maduros INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large, very ripe plantains – mostly black
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt or sugar (optional)

Ropa Vieja DIRECTIONS:

  • Pat roast dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large heatproof pot over high. Cook chuck roast, turning occasionally, until browned on both sides, 5–7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  • Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 250°. Cook onion, bell peppers, and salt (plus 2 Tbsp. oil if using flank steak), stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, 12–14 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pan, until vegetables are golden brown, 3–5 minutes. Stir in wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until evaporated. Stir in paprika, oregano, cumin, black pepper  until vegetables are coated; continue to cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and coarsely break up with a spoon (they’ll continue to break down as they cook). Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

  • Nestle roast into tomato mixture and tuck in bay leaves on either side. Cover and transfer to oven. Braise roast and vegetables until meat is very tender and shreds easily, 2½–3 hours. Let cool 15 minutes.

  • Skim excess fat from sauce; discard bay leaves. Using a potato masher or 2 forks, tear and smash beef into sauce until it’s shredded and incorporated into sauce. Stir in vinegar.

  • Divide ropa vieja among plates. Top with cilantro. Serve with rice, maduros, and beans alongside.

Maduros DIRECTIONS:

  • Trim ends of plantains, peel, and cut diagonally into 1″ pieces.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Carefully place 1 plantain piece in oil. If it bubbles vigorously, the oil is ready. If it doesn’t, wait another minute, and try again. Working in batches, cook plantains, turning once, until beginning to brown, 1–2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, turning occasionally, until soft and deep golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Season with salt and/or sugar, if desired. Serve hot.

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