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Old 08-11-2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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Cuban Picadillo

We've been discussing this recipe for several days on the nightly dinner thread.
I thought I should put this where it belongs so others can find it in the future. It's very good!!

Cuban-Style Picadillo Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Really a good everyday recipe with a fairly quick and tasty meal. Give hamburger a different taste.

I chose to leave out the potato and served it over rice. I left out the capers because YUCK!
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:09 PM   #3
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Really a good everyday recipe with a fairly quick and tasty meal. Give hamburger a different taste.

I chose to leave out the potato and served it over rice. I left out the capers because YUCK!
Capers - goooood! Pimento olives. - eh.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:45 PM   #4
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Cuban Picadillo

Nice recipe, Kay! As a fan of both capers and green olives, I'll make it as is, minus the potatoes. Will need to figure out a way to cut back on the sodium though.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:41 PM   #5
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Good looking recipe, although most of the Cuban recipes we have use sherry instead of red wine. Will have to give it a try next time we make picadillo.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:59 AM   #6
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Thanks, Kayelle. I had a leftover green pepper from tonight's dinner and was wondering what to do with it.

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Nice recipe, Kay! As a fan of both capers and green olives, I'll make it as is, minus the potatoes. Will need to figure out a way to cut back on the sodium though.
I rinse my capers, so I'll do that with the olives, too. Takes a tiny bit of flavor away, but it's still there when we bite into it. So is the sodium, probably. Salt-free tomato sauce is pretty easy to find.
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Really a good everyday recipe with a fairly quick and tasty meal. Give hamburger a different taste.

I chose to leave out the potato and served it over rice. I left out the capers because YUCK!
Without the capers, its not picadillo. Sorry about the spelling.
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Without the capers, its not picadillo. Sorry about the spelling.
Why is that? Is there only one authentic recipe for the dish?
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No, not really ,most people have their own variation of the basic recipe, a little more of this, a little less of that, maybe a secret extra ingredient. But, each ingredient adds a layer of flavor. I don't particularly like capers or raisins, but I use both in picadillo because it doesn't taste right if you don't. I do rinse the capers though and that cuts most of the yuck, and I use the tiny ones rather than the bigger ones.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:23 PM   #10
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No, not really ,most people have their own variation of the basic recipe, a little more of this, a little less of that, maybe a secret extra ingredient. But, each ingredient adds a layer of flavor. I don't particularly like capers or raisins, but I use both in picadillo because it doesn't taste right if you don't. I do rinse the capers though and that cuts most of the yuck, and I use the tiny ones rather than the bigger ones.
I understand that ingredients add different flavors.

As you suggested, there are countless different recipes for this dish and most are different from one another. Every household has a different touch. If one old Cuban grandmother who has been making this dish for 50 years doesn't put capers in, does that make it not picadillo? I'm not sure it does.

Then you get into questioning each of the ingredients. Are the potatoes a must? The tomato? The olives? Do the olives have to have pimentos in them? The wine? Does the wine have to be red or white?

I don't believe this dish is one of the few in history that has an identifiable singe source that you can point to and say without reservation, "That's the original recipe!"
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