Category: Cuban

  • Yuca con Mojo a la Meps

    Created for a lovely 2023 Cuban Christmas dinner. Cut the yuca into cylinders, about 3 inches long, and peel the brown waxy skin from each one with a paring knife. Then dice it into 1/2-inch squares. In a medium saucepan, cover it with water and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Be careful…

  • Linda’s Cuban-Style Pork

    (Note from Meps: As of this writing, in May 2006, I’ve heard that people who live in Cuba are not allowed to eat beef. They raise cattle and serve the beef to tourists, but Cubans are heavily fined if caught eating it. Their diet consists of beans, potatoes, rice, and a little pork and chicken.)…

  • Mojito (Cuban cocktail)

    This is the appropriate cocktail to serve with Cuban meals such as picadillo (also called Cuban Dinner), black beans and rice, or arroz con pollo. For a non-alcoholic choice, try a Virgin Cuba Libre: Coke with lime juice, garnished with a lime wedge. 1-2 oz good rum Big handful fresh spearmint leaves 1/2 lime, cut…

  • Cuban Sandwich

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    I always wondered how they made these…the secret must be the weight on top when you bake them. Makes 2 (but I could eat ’em both). 1 loaf Cuban or Italian bread 2 T mayonnaise 2 small dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise 2 slices Swiss cheese 4 oz sliced roast pork 4 oz ham 1…

  • Bollos

    Cuban/Key West fritters, similar to Brazilian Acaraje. Pronounced “BOY-oes.” 1 lb black eye peas 1 t salt 3 cloves garlic 2 bird peppers (small extremely hot peppers) Soak beans overnight and in the morning, slip off their skins. Then grind with the garlic until almost a paste. Add salt and bird peppers. Beat until it’s…

  • Cuban Black Beans

    (From my 1940’s Key West Cookbook, I think) 1 pound black beans 3 cloves garlic 1 sweet pepper 2/3 C olive oil 2 bay leaves salt 1 T vinegar Soak beans overnight. Wash and place in a quart of water with all ingredients except vinegar. Boil for an hour, then turn heat down and simmer…

  • Cuban Black Beans – Arnaldo and Gloria’s Recipe

    (My favorite version of this…from La Cantinita restaurant, Arlington, Virginia) 1 lb black turtle beans 1 large onion, chopped 2 green pepper, chopped 4 cloves freshly ground garlic 2/3 C extra virgin olive oil 1/2 t cumin 1/2 t oregano 2 bay leaves about 2 t salt In a large pot, put the beans and…

  • Cuban Dinner (aka Picadillo)

    This one comes from Meps’ Mom, Esther. It’s an old, old family favorite, but after Mom died, she only left a list of ingredients and no quantities. Most of her recipes were that way, just sketchy notes to help her remember. She left a slightly more elaborate recipe for this that’s filed under Picadillo (Cuban…

  • Margaret’s Sausage and Rice Dish

    This is my low-fat version of arroz con chorizo, a well-known Cuban dish. 2 jars pimientos 1 lb smoked turkey sausage 16 oz basmati rice 28 oz water 2 onions Oil 1/2 tsp bijol (Cuban spice mixture, mostly annato and cumin) 1 t oregano 2 t salt 2 t cumin 1 C frozen peas Saute…

  • 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…