Saturday, December 26, 2009

Picadillo

Picadillo is a traditional Cuban dish made with ground beef, onions, green olives, green bell peppers, raisins, garlic and tomatoes, stewed together and seasoned with cloves and cinnamon. This dish can be served alone, over rice or as a stuffing mixture in empanadas. Personally, I love it over rice. Served up family style this dish can serve a crowd or just a few. This dish is economical, easy to prepare and can be made in batches for freezing for later use.



Picadillo
(Cuban Style Hash)
Serves 6-8


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1-4" inch stick cinnamon
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, halved
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-lbs. ground beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cups raisins
3/4 cup green pimento-stuffed olives, halved
1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, crushed
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Directions:
Heat oil in a 12" cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add cinnamon stick, onions, and peppers; cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add half the ground cinnamon, oregano, cloves, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it browns, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; add raisins, olives, and tomatoes. Cook until liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Stir in remainder of ground cinnamon, almonds, and vinegar.

Enjoy!






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47 comments:

pierre said...

thnaks velva i did not know this dish so thanks for the sharing
i wish u a happy celebration time in Florida !
cheers from Pierre in Paris

Angie's Recipes said...

It looks very flavourful and wonderful for any winter day!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh love picadillo yum yum

Cathy said...

Thanks Velva - I've been looking for someones tried and true recipe for this!

Jhonny walker said...

Hey Velva,

This sounds fantastic. I don't eat beef. But bet this would be divine with ground chicken :) BTW yesteday I saw this cuban movie, ' Personal belongings'. So I was indeed wondering about cuban food.
Thanks for the ' timely' post :)

Chef E said...

Yum Velva, this looks great! I had a little bit of some layer dip, you know the mexi-dip, but I really was wishing it was chili, or this would have hit the spot! My tummy though is still not quite back to normal, and I hope it will be soon, so I can eat my beloved foods...

Rambling Tart said...

Mmm! I'm developing a huge crush on Cuban food, and this looks so good. :-)

A Year on the Grill said...

This and Ricky Ricardo all from that little island...

love this, sounds full of great flavors

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Very tasty! A perfect foil for too much turkey.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Yum. I have most of the ingredients in my kitchen and some savoury pastry in the freezer. I think I'll try this as empanadas. Thanks for the recipe.

Paula Kiger said...

This looks delicious, Velva! I can't get Wayne to eat anything with raisins in it, so I may just have to do this with some friends (and some drinks!).

theycallmejane said...

I have a house full of guests right now with the second wave arriving Monday. This dish is perfect! Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Gulmohar said...

Sounds wonderful....Happy holidays Velva !!!!

Pierce said...

Good meal that...my sister-in-law is making that for us in a few days when she comes up from Tampa...yours looks great!

Sarah said...

My culinary school professor made this for us our last day of classes, it was delicious!

Claudia said...

I am loving this and will definitely make it. I love all the ingredients and am tasting them together now. Delicioous!

Dishesdone said...

Looks great! I have a friend who makes picadillo like you and makes little hand pies with it. She calls them pastelillos, but whatever you call it, the picadillo is delicious!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Oooooooooh, look at all those beautiful flavors going on in this dish! A flavor party in my mouth. This is a new dish on me, but one I'd eat with relish.

Claire (Culinarygoddess.com) said...

looks great! I've never had it but now I definitely want to try some!

Katy ~ said...

Velva, this sounds so very good. Now that I have had cinnamon in a savory dish, I'm interested in trying it in more recipes, such as this. I luv all the ingrdients so will save this to try very soon! Thank you so much for sharing this. It's a new recipe to me so I can't wait.

Joanne said...

I made this dish not so long ago and loved it! Your version looks fantastic. I love that it has cinnamon and cloves in it.

TKW said...

That's funny, I was just thinking...I'd serve this over rice! Yum...except for the raisins, which my husband would KILL me if I added :)

buffalodick said...

I've heard of it, but have never had it...sounds great!

Chris said...

The first thing I thought was "Oh yum!"

I'll definitely have to be giving this a try, I've never had it before but the flavors would be perfect. A little sweet and savory.

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds mighty tasty.
I love the clean look of your plate.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays Velva.
LL

Barbara said...

Looks wonderful, Velva. I love the idea of cinnamon and cloves in the mix. I've never made it, but your recipe looks super...copying now.

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

This looks and sounds amazing! I would love to try it as a wrap or empanada filling - thanks for the recipe!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Your picadillo recipe sounds amazing! Perfect comfort food for the cold weather that we have been having!

Penny said...

Sounds great Velva. Will give it a try. It is economical and easy. Just what I need after the excesses of the holidays. Happy New Year

doggybloggy said...

looks great - I love the simplicity of having this with nice fluffy rice!

ellen abbott said...

Hi Velva. I just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog.

The Food Hunter said...

I love picadillo. this looks delicious.

girlichef said...

I love picadillo...either way!! And you know how else it is good? Stuffed in a chile pepper, chiles rellenos style! Oh my...now I'm craving it. Beautiful :D

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've never had picadillo, but I'm looking forward to trying it. This looks fab!

Erica said...

Ow! Looks fabulous. Kind of like a Cuban spicy version of spaghetti and meat sauce! Hope you're having a good Monday

megan said...

yum, this looks great! I was just looking for new recipes using ground meat so this is good timing!

theUngourmet said...

I've never had this. It looks amazing! Just bursting with yummy, rich flavors!

nanny said...

It sounds and looks great!!!!

Hungry Dog said...

Nice! I've never had this nor heard of it before but love the name! The raisins would add a little sweetness...yum.

Simply Life said...

oooh I would love this - it sounds great!

Kathleen said...

Velva, this sounds wonderful. I've gotta try it. Thanks for sharing!

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks too good, must have tasted great for sure:)

Kim said...

It looks so pretty! I'm curious about the combination of flavors in this one. I'm going to have to break down and try it soon. Thanks for being my 100th follower!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Velva, That dish sounds interesting... I would never have thought of using cinnamon and/or raisins with a dish like that. Interesting!!!!! I may have to try that one.. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

My Little Space said...

Oh my, this is simply delicious! As always, I love simple meal and this looks perfect LOL.

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This is going to sound dumb: is this a spicy dish? It looks like a great comfort dish. Yum.

Sandi said...

I made this tonight and it was delicious

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