Muchacho con Melao de Panela (Beef with Cane Sugar Syrup)

by Erica Dinho on June 17, 2012

Muchacho con Melao de Panela (Beef with Cane Sugar Syrup)

Muchacho con Melao de Panela is a traditional Colombian dish from El Valle department of Colombia. It is beef marinated in a sauce of vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard, scallions and cumin, and cooked on the stove for a couple of hours. The beef needs to marinate for a couple of days, as this is the best way of preparing it so that the meat will be tender and absorb all the flavors. However, it is possible to marinate for only a day, or even a couple of hours, if you’re pressed for time.

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Ingredients

(About 6-8 servings)

  • 3 pounds of Boneless Rump Roast
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 4 scallions or green onions, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoons of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup of melao de panela

Directions

  1. Place the beef in a non-reactive dish.
  2. Place the white vinegar, ground cumin, mustard, onion, scallions, salt and pepper in the blender or food processor.
  3. Rub the onion mixture all over the beef. Let it rest for 2 to 3 days in the fridge.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pot and place the beef and brown, searing it on both sides.
  5. Add the water, bay leaves, thyme and oregano. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer about 3 hours or until the meat is very tender.
  6. Take the beef from the pot. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes, tented in aluminum foil to keep warm, before carving to serve.
  7. Meanwhile make the sauce: Add the melao to the pot and mix with the cooking water that is left in the pot from the beef. Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes over low heat. Place the sauce in a blender and blend until smooth and pour on top of the beef. Serve over white rice.
  8. Muchacho con Melao de Panela (Beef with Cane Sugar Syrup)

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1 Belinda @zomppa June 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

That sauce looks amazing!!! I am drooling and hoping this will show up for brunch.

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2 Joanne June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

That syrup sounds absolutely amazing! I would feel compelled to lick it off the plate.

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3 Chris June 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

This reminds me of the pork roast of yours that I made back at Christmas. It sounds really delicious.

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4 Allison June 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

My husband made this dish and it was delicious. We served it over mashed potatoes.

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5 Erica June 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thank you,everyone!

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6 Jenn @LeftoverQueen June 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Sounds really unique and delicious!

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7 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! July 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Oh boy does this make my mouth water….

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