Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Surprising Recipe: "Ropa Vieja"

"Ropa Vieja" is delicious dish, very typical in the Canary Islands. I remember how my mum cooked this for me when I was a child, it was so yummy!

"Ropa Vieja" means "old clothes" in Spanish and it´s believed it was originated in the Canaries. This place was in the past a territory where ships would stop before the long run to or after the long trip home from the Americas. As a result, immigrants from the Canaries supposedly brought the dish with them to the Caribbean.

If you want to try it, here is the typical recipe:


1.1 pounds of chickpeas (1/2 kg.)
1.1 pounds of beef meat (1/2kg.)
1.1 pounds of chicken meat (1/2 kg.)
2.2 pounds of potatoes (1 kg.)
3 garlic cloves
1 red or green pepper
1 onion
1 tomato
1 small cup of white wine
pepper, salt, thyme, laurel and olive oil


The previous night, leave the chickpeas in water so they will be tender next day.
In a saucepan, mix the meat, the chickpeas, salt and water.
When they are stewed, mince the meat. After that, fry the chickpeas and the meat until they are crunchy.

In another saucepan, use some oilve oil and fry the onion, the pepper, the tomato and the garlic cloves (everything previously minced). Add pepper, salt and thyme.

Also, add the meat and the chickpeas and cook ten minutes more.
Finally, chop the potatoes and fry them. When they are ready, add them to the rest and serve!
I hope you liked the recipe and thanks for reading!


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Sigmosaics said...

sounds delicious!! The portuguese have an 'old clothes' dish too .. always makes me giggle :D

bookmarked to try! and thanks for sharing x

Star of the East said...

Looks like a turkish dish, only here they do not mix meat with chicken (not a religious thing btw), looks yummy!

ingermaaike said...

I remember eating that, very njummie!

Kathy said...

I'm a vegetarian, but I have some family members that would love this one! Thanks!

BREATHE said...

That looks sooo yummy!

juanita de la vega said...

Hello! In my country, Argentina, "ropa vieja" is a dish we cook with the meaty remainings of the day before: we toss in a skillet the chicken or other meat, vegetables, and at the end an egg or two.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely try this out, as the ingredients are looking good and the methods are clear and easy. A great recipe listing!

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