Monday, February 9, 2009
He cooks, Chipotle Braised beef
Yes...Mr. Amazing cooks! I thought I would share some of the deliciousness he creates in our little kitchen.
This recipe comes from one of the upscale grocery stores in town. They put out a complimentary magazine quarterly. The recipe is written by Bruce Aidells. Brian says in a pinch you can substitute tequila with vodka, otherwise he kept it the same.
Chipotle Braised Beef
3 tsps. ground cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsps. kosher salt
2 tsps. fresh ground pepper
4 pounds boneless chuck, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tbs. olive oil
3 c. onion thinly sliced
2 tbs. garlic, finely chopped
1 c. tequila
2 c. canned diced tomatoes
3 canned chipotle chiles
1/2 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 c. chicken stock
2 bay leaves
In a small bowl, combine the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle all over the chunks of meat. Save any leftover spice mix to use later. Preheat oven to 325.
Heat oil in a large, heavy lidded pot and brown meat in 2-3 batches until all sides are nicely browned. As you complete each batch, transfer the meat to a platter or bowl. When all of the meat is brown, pour off all but 2tbs or so of fat and add the onions. Cover pot and cook onions until they are soft and just beginning to color, about 10 minutes. stir them from time to time. Stir in garlic and cook one minute more.
Pour tequila and stir, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce tequila to about half. Add tomatoes, chipotle chiles, orange juice, chicken stock, bay leaves, reserved meat, and any leftover spice blend. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and place into the middle of the oven. Bake until meat is fork tender, about 2 1/2- 3 hours.
Transfer pot to the stovetop. Remove meat and decrease the liquid. Reduce liquid at a boil until it just becomes syrupy. While the liquid is reducing shred the meat. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Add back meat and cook a minute more to reheat.
We serve this with warm corn tortillas and monterey jack cheese. You may want to decrease the chipotle depending on how spicy you like food. Enjoy!!!