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Firehouse Recipe: Lean Picadillo

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

The firefighter: Juan Montalvo, retired after 28 years, with Deerfield Beach FD, Deerfield Beach, FL

Story: This is the perfect dish to a feed large group. One of the first Cuban dishes I learned to cook watching my grandmother. It was a signature dish at the firehouse and when we have get togethers.

The recipe: Picadillo (Cuban Beef Hash)

PICADILLO (Cuban Beef Hash)

1-1/2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 to 3 garlic gloves, chopped
1 pound (lean) ground beef
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup dry white wine or white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives (cut in half)
salt and pepper to taste

In a casserole, heat oil over low heat. Add onions and green peppers, cook until onions are translucent. Add beef, breaking up large chunks with wooden spoon and cook until brown; drain excess fat in a colander, return to casserole.

Add wine or white vinegar, tomatoes, garlic, green olives, and raisins. Cook 10-15 minutes till most liquid is absorbed. Correct seasonings.

Serve with black beans, brown rice, and baked plantains.

Makes 4 servings.

(See Juan Montalvo’s web site at: www.YourWeightLossMentor.com)

Tags: Firefighters: Daily Heroes and Cooks

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