Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja Pot Pies


Makes 6 – 8 individual pot pies; Total time 2 1/4 hours

4 Strips thick sliced Bacon
2 Cups Onion, diced
2 cups Red bell peppers, diced
1 cups Poblano, seeded, diced
1 cup Anaheim chiles, seeded, diced
1 Tbl Garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb flank steak (or brisket), trimmed, seasoned with salt and pepper

Stir in; Simmer ; whisk in:
1 bottle Beer (12 oz)
2 cups Beef broth
1 Tbl Chili powder
1 Tbl dried Oregano leaves
2 tsp ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1/3 cup Masa harina
2 cups roma Tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed (15 oz)
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed olives, halved
juice of 1/2 Lime
salt and pepper to taste

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Saute bacon in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat until crisp, 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate, set aside.  Saute onion, bell pepper, chiles and garlic in bacon drippings, until beginning to brown, 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.  Cut steak into thirds and sear until browned, about 5 minutes per side.

Stir in beer, broth and seasonings, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered 45 minutes. Remove steak from pan and shred with 2 forks, and set aside.

Whisk Masa into broth, bring to a boil, and simmer to thicken slightly, 10 minute. Stir in reserved beef., vegetables, and bacon with remaining ingredients.

Divide filling among six 2-cup ovenproof dishes, transfer dishes to prepared baking skeet and top with biscuit topping (below)


Pepper Jack Biscuits
Whisk together and cut in:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Masa Harina
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
6 Tbl unsalted butter, cold, cubed
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup scallions

Blend in:
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 400

Whisk flour, masa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, in a bowl until combined. Rub in butter, until pea-sized. Stir in cheese and scallions.

Blend milk and sour cream, in a small bowl, then stir into flour mixture until just combined.

To peach pot pie with 3 golf ball sized spoons of  biscuit topping. Baked until biscuits are golden and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving, to set up.

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