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Cuban Quimbombó (Cuban Okra)
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okra, caps and tips trimmed off
ají cachucha pepper, minced
toasted sesame seeds
ham stock or pork stock
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Slice the okra into rounds and keep the pieces in cool water until ready to cook. Be sure to dry the okra well before adding to the pot.
In a medium-sized caldero (Dutch oven), heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat until sizzling. Add the onion, tomatoes, garlic and ají. Cook, stirring, into a sofrito.
Add the bacon to the sofrito. Using your spoon, break the strips of bacon up into smaller pieces
Add the okra and toasted sesame seeds. Stir the ingredients well and add salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the ham broth
Lower heat and cook until the okra is soft to the touch but not falling apart. Serve as a caldo (broth) or spoon over white rice for a thicker, heartier meal.
Note: Aji Cachucha Peppers can be ordered on line from www.cubanfoodmarket.com or by calling 1-877-999-9945
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