"Cuisine at Home" is my favorite cooking magazine. I've tried many others but they just don't measure up. Cuisine also has some great cookbooks, and I just received "Soups, Stews, and Chilies". Tonight for dinner I tried my first recipe; as expected, it was awesome!
4 strips thick-sliced bacon
1.5 pounds flank steak (or london broil), cut into 3 pieces and seasoned w/salt, pepper
1 medium-large onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 poblano chili, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup masa harina
1 bottle beer
2 cups beef broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup sliced green olives w/pimiento
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. ground cumin
Salt to taste
** This is a very slight variation on the original ingredients due to what I had on hand.
** London Broil is currently half the price of flank steak, so that's what I used
Preheat oven to 375. Cook bacon in a large ovenproof pot (I use a porcelain enameled cast iron dutch oven) over medium high heat until crisp; transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Brown steak in drippings, about 5 minutes per side; remove and set aside. Add onion, chiles and bell pepper; saute until beginning to brown, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste, cook 2 minutes, then stir in masa harina and cook 1 minute. Deglaze pot with beer; simmer until nearly evaporated, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pot. Add broth, bring to a boil, then return steak to the pot; cover and braise in the oven until fork-tender, about 1 hour (mine took 1.5 hours). Remove steak from the pot, shred with 2 forks, then add back to the pot with reserved (chopped) bacon, beans, olives, oregano, and cumin. Simmer 5 minutes, season with salt. Serve with mashed sweet potato.
Mashed sweet potato
2 lb. sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 Tbls unsalted butter
1 Tbls brown sugar
4 Tbls half and half
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper to add a bit of spice, if desired
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, 10 - 15 minutes. Drain and place in bowl of mixer with butter and brown sugar. Mix until potatoes start to mash. Add half and half and seasoning. Continue mixing until creamy.
Update: This is even better the 2nd day!!
~ Enjoy ~