November 10th 1821, marks a popular uprising against the Spanish colonial government in Panama, The First Cry of Independence in the Villa de Los Santos, which led to the proclamation of the independence of Panama from Spain on November 28 of that year.
According to popular tradition, this event was led by Rufina Alfaro, character surrounded by mystery and mysticism, whom represents the spirit of rebellion and liberty that illuminated the revolutionary movement.
To commemorate this day I bring you a recipe very typical of Panama, Old clothes (ropa vieja). I call it Vintage because is much more fashionable 😉
Ingredients1 kg of beef (preferably skirt) 1 onion chopped into strips 1 cup tomato sauce ¼ teaspoon of cumin ¼ teaspoon paprika 2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 red pepper chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 3 tomatoes, chopped 6 sprigs of cilantro ½ teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste A pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
Cook the meat in boiling water with salt, some sprigs of cilantro, pepper and a clove of garlic for an hour and a half, remove from heat and let cool. Reserve a cup of cooking water.
Shred the meat with your hands and reserve.
Now add the meat, tomato sauce, chopped cilantro (reserve some for garnish) and the cooking water. Seasoned with cumin, black pepper, Worcestershire and soy sauce, paprika and salt, if needed.
Allow the sauce to reduce over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
This meat can be served with white rice o fries.