Ropa Vieja, Alyssa Style

Ropa vieja is hearty stewed beef with a complicated history. Translating as “old clothes,” this dishes’ name most likely comes from the fact that the beef (usually skirt or flank steak) is shredded rather than cubed or sliced, giving it a metaphorical resemblance to threadbare clothing. Some go so far as to attribute the name to a folktale about a desperate farmer cooking old clothes until, through the force of his love, they transmute into beef stew. The name may instead refer to how ropa vieja is often made from the leftovers of other meals, an “old dressing” for something else.

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