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Cuba: Fried Sweet Plantains


1 ripe plantain per person Olive oil


The plantain peel should be all black, meaning that it is very ripe. Peel the plantain and cut into one-inch thick slices.

Heat the oil and fry the plantain slices until golden brown. Drain.

Serves: 1

Cuba: Fried Yuca


vegetable or peanut oil for frying 3 medium-size yuca, cooked, covered, over medium heat in salted water to cover until very tender, 25 to 30 minutes, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces salt to taste 1 pack of Mojo Criollo


In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 inch of oil to […]

Cuba: Spanish Lobster


1/2 cup pure Spanish olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 pound finely chopped Serrano ham ( or substitute Westphalian or Black Forest ham or prosciutto) 2 cups drained and finely chopped canned whole tomatoes or prepared tomato sauce 1/2 cup finely chopped drained pimientos 1/2 cup dry […]

Cuba: Shredded Beef


2.5 lbs. flank steak 2 Tbs. olive oil 3 mild chilies, chopped 1 carrot, peeled 1 big onion, diced 4 big tomatoes, chopped 1 onion, peeled 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbs. tomato paste 1 celery stalk 1 bell pepper, chopped Dash cayenne to taste


Put the meat in a pot and cover […]

Cuba: Corn Soup


4 cups corn kernels, preferably fresh; if frozen thoroughly defrosted 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup light cream salt, freshly ground white pepper 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


Put the corn into a blender or food processor with the chicken stock and blend to a puree. Do this in two […]

Cuba: Arroz con Pollo


1 large chicken, about 4 pounds, cut into 8 pieces. 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Sofrito and broth:

2 Tbsp Anato oil or olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped […]

Cuba: Christmas Cookies


2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups corn flakes lightly crushed into small pieces, NOT crumbs 1 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries 1 jar maraschino cherries


Cuba: Ropa Vieja

1 medium onion, quartered 1 medium onion, sliced 900g skirt or flank steak 1 carrot, coarsely chopped 1 celery stick, coarsely chopped 1 bay leaf 2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 aji cito chillies (these are hot yellow chillies, substitute the hot chilli of your choice), minced 2 green bell peppers, chopped […]

Cuba: Picadillo

1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 450g lean minced beef 60ml sherry 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled 1/8 tsp salt pinch of ground chilli pepper 45g raisins 160g diced pineapple (fresh or tinned) 1 green bell pepper, chopped 50g red bell pepper, chopped


Add a little oil to a […]

Cuba: Libre Cocktail

50ml White Rum 100ml cola ice cubes


lime wedge

Serving Glass

Highball Glass


Fill a highball glass with ice, add the white rum then pour over the white rum. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.