Sunday Supper: Cuban Beef Casserole with Black Beans and Cumin Rice

Sunday Supper

Cooking projects for people who'd like nothing more than to spend a sunday afternoon surrounded by the wonderful aromas of the kitchen.

Editor's note: Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

A ropa vieja-inspired casserole. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Ropa vieja—literally, "old clothes"—is a humble dish at heart, typically served alongside Cuban-style black beans and rice. Here, the flavors of beef and cumin combine in a one-pot meal that's as comforting and company-worthy in warm weather as it is in cold.

Swap out flank steak for skirt, if you want—just make sure that the meat is immersed in liquid during the simmering process and let it go slow and low for as long as it takes to tear.

I like serving this casserole with mojo criollo; La Lechonera is the superior on-the-shelf brand. Throw in some mojitos and it's just the ticket for a backyard bash.