This week, The Beekeeper and I celebrated our four year Wedding Anniversary and I finally built up enough courage to try my hand at making his favorite recipe.
I had never made Vaca Frita, myself. We always just had it at Cuban Restaurants and being that since we moved Cuban restaurants have been few and far between I knew he has been craving his favorite dish.
So I started like I do with any other recipe, I searched high and low for a legitimately Cuban sounding recipe before consulting my trusty Mother In Law. She is my Cuban Recipe Secret Weapon!
From there I took her recipe and adapted it for the Slow Cooker and came up with this:
- Ingredients for Slow Cooker
- One 2½ lb. Rump Roast (You can use Chuck Roast if you prefer)
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ cup Vino Seco Blanco (Dry White Wine)
- 2 cups water
- 2 packets of Sazon Completa
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Ingredients for Frying
- Beef from the Slow Cookers
- several Tbsp cooking fat (lard, olive oil, or tallow -- NOT coconut oil
- 1 white onion, cut into slices
- 1-2 limes, quartered
- Place the white wine, water, garlic, bay leaves and Sazon Completa in the crock pot. Then place the Chuck Roast in and position so that it is covered by the liquid.
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours. Or low for 6-8 hours. If it doesn't fall apart, it needs more time.
- Once done, remove the cooked meat from crockpot.
- Place in a dish and shred. It should shred easily at this point.
- In a large skillet, sauté the sliced onion and shreaded meat, stir-frying until the meat is slightly crispy on the edges.
In the slow cooker, I tested the done-ness by scraping a fork on the meat. When there was no give and the meat just fell apart, I pulled it out onto my Corningware.
I used my Cave Tools Pulled Pork Shredder Claws to shred the beef and I’m so glad I did. They made such quick work of it.
I was truly amazed at how easy the slow cooker made this recipe plus I got 2 cups of Beef Stock to boot.
Honestly, I was so excited I forgot to make the side dishes and quickly scrambled to make Rice and Beans. I totally forgot to make Maduros which would have made a great additional side dish!
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