>So, unlike the original plans, I had 8 valentines, yep. ..sorta
Well, a bunch of us singles decided to come together and enjoy a family meal, so that’s exactly what we did. I make Puerto Rican food, real simple, and not so expensive. Bistec Encebollado (steak w/ onions) and arroz con habichuelas were on the menu. This was actually the first time I had ever made a dinner this large, besides thanksgiving!
- 2 lbs thin top cut steaks
- adobo, sazon packet
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 3 cloves of pressed garlic
- 1 cup oil
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 1 large spanish onion, sliced into strips
- 1/2 cup green olives (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- season meat with adobo and sazon, stab with fork or knife
- combine the vinegar, 3/4 cup of oil, olives, and garlic into a seperate bowl and put on reserve
- add oil to the pan, heat, and saute onions and peppers until soft
- remove vegetables and fly meat in the pan’s drippings
- once steaks are browned, add onions, peppers, and vinegar mixture together and let simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until meat is tender
- 1 can habichuelas coloradas (or you can get dry.. but that’s for another day)
- 8 oz can of tomato SAUCE (nothing else!)
- 2 tablespoons SOFRITO (yes, it comes in a can, but make your own, it’s easy, it lasts forever in the freezer, and it’s a puerto rican cooking STAPLE!)
- 2 teaspoons of oil
- 2 oz diced lean cured ham (optional)
- 1 package of Sazon (whichever one you have is fine)
- 1/2 cup of olives, spanish, cut up
- medium potato or two, diced
- 1 can of water (from the tomato sauce)
- Add the oil to a deep sauce pan, heat and cook ham
- add the sofrito and once incorporated add tomato sauce
- add sazon and olives, stirring frequently
- after two minutes, add beans and potatoes, and water
- Stir all ingredients and incorporate well, turn heat to a medium/ high medium
- bring to a boil.
- cover with a top and bring heat to low, for about 20 minutes or until consistency to liking. the long you cook, the thicker it will be.
- Serve over rice
|My plate. Full, obviously.|
|Dave and Virag chillen’ and enjoying the digs.|
|Fellow Boricua Sam, along with Emma & Jay-R (LA people!)|
|My lovely Nadia, who helped me cook! ❤|
Now, go to CVS/DuaneReade/Walmart/Target and get some HEAVILY discounted valentines day sweets!
Sweet Cooking! Love.