When I first tasted this beef I was instantly taken back to my childhood. I know what you are thinking, "you didnt know I grew up in New Zealand," well, I didnt. I grew up in Bosque Farms, New Mexico. We had a small farm with some goats and sheep and a milk cow and a steer or two, sometimes a pig and usually chickens - all grass fed in our pasture with plenty of alfalfa and sometimes as a treat they got grain. We had a large garden with melons and cucumbers and tomatoes and chile, we had fruit and nut trees and most of all we had open space, unlike my life here in New York City. What am I getting at? This is my point - when I took one bite of this beef I was nostalgically returned to my childhood, I remembered how good meat was supposed to taste and I dont mean that meat is good I mean GOOD meat. This is by far the best tasting ground beef I have had in some time so to honor this beef I made a dish my grandmother used to make for me almost everyday for lunch (my grandparents had the farm and I grew up with them) - Papas con Caldo - otherwise known as Potato Soup.
Papas con Caldo is a simple dish packed with flavor and its so easy to make: brown some beef, in the browned beef saute some onions, tomatoes and garlic, add salt and pepper and then add broth, stock or water and let it simmer until the potatoes are tender.
Thats it, its done. Serve with corn or flour tortillas, red or green chile and you have a lunch fit for a king. This one is served with a little spoonful of green chile and a little sliver of fresh ghost chile (hottest stuff on the planet so be forewarned). Food of my culture and roots from my past - I will never let them go.