Recipe: Picadillo

Picadillo and Rice

Emotional Outcome: :mrgreen:

My Thoughts:

Picadillo is just one of those quick and easy one-pot dishes that I enjoy making because despite its simplicity the flavors are so numerous that each bit make you cock your head in surprise. The ingredients list sounds more like a cookie recipe (sans the beef and onions) than a hearty dish, but really work well together. Even my picky family members like it so there is something to say right there.

Picadillo and Rice

The Recipe:

Adapted from The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking and Joy of Cooking

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 Lbs. lean ground beef

1 onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 can of chopped,seeded tomatoes

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup black olives, chopped

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp cumin

salt, pepper

1/4 cup slivered almonds

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet, and brown the meat; then add the onions and garlic. When brown, add all the ingredients except the almonds, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer gently, uncovered, until cooked, or about 20 minutes. Fry the almonds until golden in a little olive oil, and sprinkle over the top of the picadillo. Cook for a minute of two longer.

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