Vegan Picadillo - Cuban Meat Hash
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 (14 ounce) tube vegan sausage (I use Gimme Lean Sausage Style)
1 (14 ounce) tube vegan ground beef (I use Gimme Lean Ground Beef Style)
1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup dark or golden raisins, optional
prepared white rice, to serve
prepared green beans, to serve
1. Make a sofrito by sautéing the garlic, onion, and pepper until soft and crispy at the edges. Add the vegan meats, crumbling or crushing with spoon or fork.
2. Add olives, and mix in the tomato paste. (This is not a sauce, but you might need to add a bit of water to make it 'creamy').
3. Add cumin, cinnamon, salt, and, pepper, to taste. For those who like a touch of sweetness, add raisins, a traditional touch to this dish.
4. Cook until the crumbles are as crispy on the edges as you like. Serve on a platter (or plate) by making a strip of white rice on one side, cooked green beans on the other, and the picadillo in the middle.
Dig in and enjoy!