Spanish Steaks and Mojo Marinade

This is a typical Puerto Rican household’s meal: rice, beans, and some juicy meat. For growing up Puerto Rican (or Boricua), I actually am not a fan of Spanish food. It was not like my parents were bad cooks, in fact it is was the opposite. They often created mouth-watering traditional meals, but if I had a choice I would always choice some Italian pasta meal. Call me weird, but I love eating other cultures food. However, this meal is the exception! If you think you know Spanish food, than I dare you to try this four-generation old recipe.

Ingredients for Steak:

  • 2 lbs of thin cut Milanesa (beef top round steak)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 4 teaspoons of Adobo (the one with the blue cap that says “Sin Pimiento,” which means without pepper)

Step one: Cut steaks into thick strips after rinsing them.

Step two: Make Mojito Marinade recipe from below.

Step three: In a bowl, put steak and Adobo. Mix well your hands.

Step four: Cut the red onion into thing slices. Put into the bowl with the steaks.

Step five: Pour the Mojito Marinade into the bowl. Let the onions and steak marinate about 15-30 minutes.

Step six: Heat pan to high. Add steaks with marinade to the pan. Flip the steaks a couple of times while cooking them in the pan. Cover with a lid for about five minutes.

Step seven: After five minutes of cooking the meat in the marinade on high heat, drain the pan into a bowl. (Keeping the meat and onions in the pan).

Step eight: Cook the meat until golden brown in the pan, uncovered.

Step nine: When the meat and onions are ready, put them back into the bowl of juices.

Step ten: Serve with rice, beans and enjoy.

This mojo marinade can be used for Spanish Minute Steaks or fried plantains. I asked my mom for the measurements and she was stumped. She had made this recipe for so many years and never once measured anything. It was all muscle memory, throwing in the ingredients and always having it taste delicious. It was fun having her stop every step and try to measure.

Ingredients for Mojito Marinade:

  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup of olive oil

Step one: Peel garlic and place inside the pilon (I think other cultures call them mortar and pistols, but I will put a picture up of the cooking tool).

Step two: Pour the black pepper and salt into the pilon. Now pound the ingredients into a sticky paste. This step will give you an arm workout.

Step three: Once you have accomplished the paste (and your arm feels dead now), pour the vinegar and olive oil and mix well.


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