Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cuban Roast Beef - Boliche Relleno

Holiday meals in my family are much anticipated occasions to try something new in the kitchen. This year was no exception. My sister decided on this lovely roast which we served with sides of stewed red beans, yuca con mojo,  tostones (twice fried plantains) and of course my orange salad. Delicioso. Unfortunately the roast was all I got a chance to photograph.

5-6 lbs beef eye round ( I used top sirloin )
10 garlic cloves, mashed
2-3 teaspoons ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup sour orange juice ( or 3/4 parts orange juice with 1 part lime juice)
3 teaspoons salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
3 tablespoons capers, chopped
3 tablespoons pimento stuffed olives, chopped
1 tablespoon Goya adobo seasoning
1/2 tablespoon annatto (optional)
2 tsps shadon beni (culantro) or substitute with cilantro
1/2 lb ham, cubes or thick slab bacon
1 carrot, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell peppers, cut in medium size pieces
1/2 red bell peppers, cut in medium size pieces
2 chorizo sausages, casings removed, chopped
*couldn't find chorizo so I substituted with a spicy Italian sausage
1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chunky tomato sauce
butcher's twine


Clean the meat by trimming excess fat. With a knife make a deep cut along the center of the beef, leaving one end uncut. Lay open the steak like a book.Prepare the marinade by mixing garlic, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, sour orange juice,  1 tablespoon Goya Adobo seasoning, 1 tsp of the culantro, salt,  and black pepper, . Spread 3 tablespoons of the marinade over meat and close like a 'book'. Cover the meat and put in the fridge for two hours or overnight.

In food processor chop ham or bacon, carrot, onions, bell peppers and chorizo, 1 tablespoon Goya Adobo seasoning, olives, and capers to a fine grind.Mix the contents with the half of the remaining marinade in a bowl.With the grain of the meat running horizontally, spread the marinade mixture to within an inch of the outer edges of the meat.Roll the meat so that all the ingredients stay inside the roll. Tie the roll every couple of inches with lengths of butchers twine.Rub the outside of the meat with the rest of the marinade. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. When the oil is good and hot add the roast and brown on all sides, turning  several times.Transfer to a dutch oven. Cover and place in oven. This recipe says to roast for for approximately 3 hours but we found ours was done after about 1 1/2 hours.

Discard bay leaves.Remove meat to a separate dish and allow to cool, at least 15 minutes, before slicing into 1/4" slices using a very sharp knife.Combine the chunky tomato sauce and shadon beni (culantro) or cilantro  usied just a bit of beef stock instead). Pour over sliced meat.


  1. I love your new look! So fresh and inviting. As is this roast! It looks incredibly delicious!

  2. Oh wow, this looks delicious and savory. I have not cooked a roast in a long time, but from the looks of this I am due.

  3. Oh my damn! This looks AWESOME!!! And the menu combo sounds fantastic!!

  4. The new design is gorgeous and I love the silhouette! it's so chic :D You should be very proud of yourself!

  5. I'm so glad you managed to take a photo of that roast - I admit it sounds complicated - some of the ingredients I've never heard of but the end result looks totally worth it!

  6. This looks amazing! Id love to try this . beautiful pics too :)) Thanks for visiting my blog. love urs!!!

  7. I LOVE the new design of your blog, congrats! and the recipe looks divine!!! thank you sharing...

  8. Oh my! this is a good looking and succulent piece of meat, no pun intended!

  9. I'm so glad I signed up to receive email updates of this blog. Great stuff Wizzy! Did you actually use 1.5tsp. ground cumin? I know that cumin can be an overpowering taste...

  10. Your photographs are above and beyond amazing! I'm glad we at least got the photo of the beef!

  11. I'm loving your blog, not to mention your amazing pictures. Everything looks incredibly delicious.

  12. Another amazing photo! Wow, that steak looks delicious! I'm glad I found your blog.

  13. Great new blog wrapper! Very nice -- and so is that hunk of beef! The flavors in that recipe are incredible. I'd love to try this.

  14. orange juice, cilantro, tasty spices. oh, and an amazing hunk o' beef. yep, this is a tasty meal--ya done good, wizzy! :)

  15. Gosh that looks good! .... and so does your blog! :-)

  16. Sooooo, you've been hiding all these gorgeous photographs and delicious food until the new fancy-dancy template was installed huh? :) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

  17. Very nice new blog layout! Love it! Love the flavoring of your roast beef!

  18. This looks and sounds delicious. I've bookmarked this.

  19. Thanks for the compliments everyone. I am really very pleased with the new look. Ellie worked very hard on this for me and I can't begin to thanks her enough.

    Trissa - It wasn't difficult. The recipe sounds like a lot but really it's just marinate the meat stuff and in the oven.

    Donna - welcome and I am so glad you 'signed yourself' up. LOL Actually, I used 3 tsp cumin cause we did two roasts and I guess it wasn't too much cause you ate it and didn't even know there was that much cumin.

    Memoria welcome and likewise - your blog rocks

    Cynthia - Haven't been hiding them. The new layout means I have to up my game:-) Pressure!

  20. Gaelle - yep the kids ate it all up!

  21. Yum! That looks amazing. And your new look is fantastic too!

  22. Good heaven, this looks awesome delicious! The meat looks so nice & tender. Truely mouthwatering!