Ropa Vieja Pot Pies

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This was so much fun. My sisters and brother all  helped out and we made this awesome (spicy) meal for the rents. :)

4 thick-sliced bacon slices, diced
2 cups white onion, diced
1 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large poblano pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb flank steak, trimmed and seasoned with sal y pimiento

1 bottle beer (12 oz)
2 cups beef broth
1 Tbsp spicy mexican chili powder
1 Tbsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup masa harina
1 15-oz can of diced tomato
1 can black beans (we like Goya), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup green olives, cut in half
1/2 lime (for juice)

saute your bacon in a large saucepan or dutch oven until crisp. Set aside to drain on paper towels. In the same pan, saute the onion, bell peppers, chiles, and garlic in the bacon drippings until beginning to brown; around 8 minutes.Transfer those to a bowl and set aside.

Cut the flank steak into thirds and sear until browned, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Stir in the beer, broth, and seasonings. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.

While that is cooking, you can prepare your biscuits (below).

Ingredients for Biscuits:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup masa harina
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup scallions, sliced
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sour cream

Directions for Biscuits:
preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, masa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl until combined. Cut in the butter until it forms pea-sized balls. Then stir in the cheese and scallions. Set aside.

Going Back to the Meat... 

remove the steak from the pan and shred with 2 forks. In the broth, whisk the masa, bring to a boil. Simmer to thicken. Remove from heat and add back in the meat, the bacon, the veggies, the lime, the olives, the black beans, and the tomatoes.

Divide either between 6 individual pot pie ceramics, 2 9x9s, or 1 9x13.

Going Back the Biscuits...

Blend in the milk and sour cream to the dough until just combined. Scoop with an ice cream scoop in patterns on top of the stew in your baking dish(s) of choice. The idea is to keep it looking rustic. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick into the biscuits comes out clean. Serve with a tossed salad. :)

Again, we didn't get pictures, but that is because mommy is having a hard time figuring out how to get the camera and computer to like each other. She is probably going to start using her phone, at least her phone and the computer like each other! :)

This was too spicy for Charis and Jocelyn, but the rest of us LOOOVED it.
Xander ate two helpings, but he didn't like the biscuits... they turn out like dumplings and he is a texture kid.
Mommy and Daddy both ate two helpings, of everything!
Me and Kairi thought the spice was perfect and it was soo good!


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