Today I am going to fill you in on some Cuban related information. I’ll be talking about Boliche (Cuban Pot Roast), but I want to provide some background first.
Most people are very familiar with Mexican food and as a result they tend to assume that any type of Latin food will be spicy. Spanish/Cuban food is typically not spicy, having a much milder flavor palette. Therefore, folks that like a kick in their food should take note of my alternate ingredients.
Up until recently, I always cooked my Boliche (and Black Beans) in a pressure cooker. The advantage is that the meat cooks to full tenderness in less than an hour. Since very few people still have pressure cookers, a dutch oven or crock pot/slow cooker will work as well, it will just take longer to cook. (I can see the director of my culinary school rolling her eyes right now at the mention of the crock pot!).
Another tidbit about Cuban cooking is that just about everything starts with Olive oil, garlic, green bell peppers and onion. When all diced up together, this is called sofrito, which translates to stir fry. Even if you don’t like cooked onions or bell pepper, add them for the flavor, you don’t have to eat them!
Now onto Boliche. What is it? Simply put it is an Eye of the Round Roast stuffed with Chorizo. There is a difference between Spanish Chorizo and Mexican Chorizo, the spiciness! I use Mexican Chorizo as my family likes the extra flavor. Spanish Chorizo is also harder to find, typically only in specialty stores, while Mexican Chorizo is everywhere. In my family, we also stuffed hard boiled eggs into the meat. This provides a beautiful presentation, however, no one in my family likes hard boiled eggs, and it makes stuffing the meat more difficult, so I have stopped adding that ingredient.
In addition to the meat, there are carrots and potatoes and you might see recipes that include Spanish Olives with pimentos. This is a personal preference and not one that was included in my family recipe.
So that’s it on Boliche for today. Check out the simple recipe and enjoy!