Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Warm Comfort On A Cold Day: Picadillo

This is just ground beef with  tomatoes, peas and spices, served over rice. It's based on a recipe in "Desperation Dinners", a cookbook I think every working parent should take a look at. Like all their recipes, it goes together in about 20 minutes--the Man once cooked this when I was laid up with a broken foot and even he, fusspot cooker that he is, did it in about 30!

The spices in it wake up your taste buds on a cold winter day, but there's nothing complicated about making this. Odds are you have most of what you need on hand already. And this reheats beautifully--I am eating some leftovers for lunch at work even as I type this!

  • 1 pound                  ground beef 
  • 1                            yellow onion   (or 1 cup chopped frozen onions)
  • 1tsp                       bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp                   ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp                   ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp                   ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp                   ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (14 oz)          stewed tomatoes (look for a no-salt brand)
  • 1 cup                     frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup                  raisins
  • 1/4 cup                 white wine (optional)

Spray a non-stick pan with canola oil spray and cook the onions for a minute or two on low heat.
Raise the heat and the beef.
Cook, stirring until the beef for 4-5 minutes, until the beef is well browned.
Add the garlic and the spices and stir well.
Add the tomatoes, the peas, the raisins and the wine if you are using it.
Lower the heat and simmer for another 5 minutes to allow most of the liquid to cook down.
Serve over rice.

Note:Original recipe also included green olives, but we don't like them and omitted them!

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