Skirt steak is one of the most flavorful beef cuts. The outer part is mostly suitable for pan-searing or grilling (see recipe HERE), while the inside part is more suitable for slow cooking, which is the method I used in the following recipe.
This recipe is yet another version of the Sephardic “Sopado” dish, which consists of meat cooked slowly with tomatoes, onions and a large amount of parsley (check HERE for another version with lamb). Here I chose to add beef stock and some white wine to the flavorful meat, creating a wonderful, aromatic, yet very light sauce. Once again, I used the sauce to cook rice in, and added the shredded meat into it, creating a full meal in one pot.
The dish is quick to assemble and requires minimal preparations. Once these are done, just place the pot in the oven and let it do the rest. The perfect easy choice for a hearty meal on cold day around the house. Try it and enjoy.
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Braising time: 2½ hours
2 Tbs olive oil
1 lbs (455 grams) inside beef skirt steak
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
1 can (14.5 oz/411 grams) diced tomatoes
1½ cups beef stock, preferably homemade
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup packed chopped parsley
1 Tbs salt
½ tsp freshly ground four pepper mix
½ tsp sugar
¾ cup Basmati rice
1. Pour the olive oil into a wide pot. Add the meat, in one layer, and scatter the chopped onion over it. Add the tomatoes, beef stock, wine, parsley, salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Cover the pot, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 250F (120C). Transfer the covered pot into the oven and braise for two hours. Take out of the oven, but keep it on. Transfer the meat to a cutting board, let cool a bit and shred it roughly.
3. While the meat is cooling, taste the sauce and adjust seasoning, if needed. Add the rice and mix well. Cover and bring to the boil over medium-high heat, then transfer to the oven. Once the beef is shredded, add it to the pot and braise for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked. Serve warm.