Picadillo (Cuban Recipe — Pre-Castro)

Actually, this is a slightly updated version written after we served it at our wedding. The original recipe is under Cuban Dinner.

1. Make small meatballs.
Use 1 lb lean ground beef.
Small amount of garlic, crushed or powder
Italian seasoning, small amount
Grated parmesan, generous amount
1 egg
Bread crumbs for consistency
Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees, and set aside for later

2. Arrange a bed of plan white rice 1 inch thick in casserole:

3. Ingredients for Sauce
Large jar plain spaghetti sauce
Large can Progresso black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C green olives
1 C raisins (plumped in microwave 2-4 minutes in 4 T of water)
1 T of Prudhomme’s Cajun magic, or something very similar for very spicy

4. Arrange sauce on rice, place meatballs around sides of casserole dish
Bake 45 minutes at 250 degrees

Serves around 4 people. I quadrupled this for a party.

E. Schulte

Handwritten note from Mom on the back: “PS. Guess what —
After all these years my little sail boat watch (red) started running again. Weird!!!”