I was being lazy so I finished this in a slow cooker - I used a 2lb chuck roast & left it as is (don't need to) & browned meat in very little oil, approx 1 TBS, until it was nicely seared (if you heat your pan correctly before cooking anything, you don't need much oil and food won't stick to the pan...also, no oil splatter); dumped in my crock pot then sautéed veggies in remaining oil & added garlic once it softened a bit and cooked 1 min (or until I smell the garlic) before adding to crock pot; dumped everything else, except olives & capers, and cooked on high 2 hours; added olives, capers & cooked for another 2 hours on high before adding cilantro (I used way more, like a handful, because what's written won't do much flavor-wise... and, I had a bunch chopped already from making cilantro rice already) and let it finish on low until I felt like getting up and serving the family dinner (probably 30-45 min, maybe an hour). Served with cilantro rice, some Puerto Rican-style beans, and a bacalao salad (my pops-in-law is from San Juan, PR so I learned to cook a lot of Puerto Rican food).
Also, I'd like to correct a previous comment: There's only ONE sofrito (it's the red, tomato-based cooking base). The green, culantro-based cooking base is called RECAITO (which is what I used for the rice). Side note, culantro is NOT the same as cilantro, nor is it used to describe cilantro-culantro is an herb I associate with pho because it's part of the veg/herb plate that comes with a bowl of
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I was being lazy so I finished this in a slow cooker - I used a 2lb chuck roast & left it as...