Puerto Rican Vegetarian Cuisine: Sancocho
This stew goes back at least 400 hundred years to when the Spaniards brought African slaves over to the island. They would make a huge pot and let it stew all day and have a hearty meal ready after a long day of labor. Over time, sancocho became a popular dish to be enjoyed by everyone. Variations of sancocho can be found throughout the Spanish Caribbean.
Sancocho is traditionally made up of beef tips, beef stock and a variety of starches that are both native to the island and to Africa. Although plantains are associated with Puerto Rican cuisine, the plantain is originally from Africa. My favorite starch in this stew is the yucca root, which is native to Puerto Rico and was use by the native Taino Indians.
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