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    Cuban-style beef & olive stew

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes

    Serves: 4


    2 tbsp olive oil
    400g pack lean diced British beef braising steak
    1 large onion, finely sliced
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
    1 tsp ground cumin
    ½ tsp hot smoked paprika
    ½ x 28g pack coriander, leaves whole, stalks finely chopped
    400g can chopped tomatoes
    350g can Fragata Manzanilla Olives Filled with Chorizo, drained
    500g cooked rice, to serve


    1. Preheat the oven to 160˚C, gas mark 3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a lidded casserole dish or large ovenproof pan over a medium-high heat. Season the meat and brown on all sides for about 5 minutes. Tip into a bowl and set aside.

    2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the pan and fry the onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper, spices and coriander stalks; fry for 2 minutes. Return the beef to the pan then add the tomatoes. Half-fill the can with water to rinse out and add to the pan. Stir everything, season with black pepper, cover and put in the oven for 30 minutes. (Or simply tip everything into a slow cooker and set to medium for 3 hours.)

    3. Uncover the stew, stir in the olives and return to the oven for 30 minutes. (If you’re using a slow cooker, add the olives for the last hour.) Divide the rice between plates, top with the stew and scatter over the coriander leaves to serve.

    Cook’s tip
    Traditionally this stew (known as ropa vieja) is served with shredded beef. Try using whole braising steaks, available from the meat counter, instead of diced beef, and shredding them with two forks before serving. 

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