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Country Ham Stew with
Sweet Peppers and Cilantro



  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the curry in a large, heavy skillet over moderate heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft, but not brown. Add tomatoes and cook for a minute or two. Stir in the sweet peppers, chile and raisins. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add remaining olive oil to a separate skillet and heat over moderate heat. Add ham and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to lightly brown. Add beer; cover and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the ham and liquid to the vegetables and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes more.
  4. Uncover, stir in cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve accompanied by hot rice.

Serves 4.