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Best Cuban Sandwiches in Union City

Over the past few decades, the Hudson County area has grown to become one of the largest Cuban communities in the greater New York area. Many of those who came to the area were seeking their own personal concept of the American dream. And, along with that dream, they also brought with them, some of …

Best Cuban Sandwiches in Houston

Are you looking for the best Cuban sandwich in Houston? To most Americans, a simple ham and cheese sandwich does not mean very much. They are nothing more than the sandwiches they took to school for their lunches. But to a Cuban, a ham and cheese sandwich is so much more. The Cubano is the …

The Best Cuban Sandwiches in Chicago

Not all sandwiches are created equal, and if you have ever had the opportunity to enjoy an authentic Cuban sandwich, then you will understand. The Cubano is one of the most flavorful creations to ever come out of Cuba, and its popularity among Cuban ex-pats and Americans alike assures us that it’s not going anywhere …

A large spoon of bijol.

What Is Bijol Seasoning?

When I shared our Cuban family recipes for Fricase de Pollo (chicken fricassee) and Arroz Amarillo con Pollo (yellow rice with chicken) a common question was, “What is Bijol (pronounced Bee-hol) seasoning?” When my Cuban mother-in-law started teaching me how to make Cuban food over 25 years ago, I asked her the same question.  Bijol …

Cooked lechon with chicharrones.

Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)

What Is Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)? Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork) is traditionally a whole suckling (young) pig that has been marinated in Cuban mojo criollo and roasted outside in a fire pit or in a Caja China. What do you do when you don’t have a whole pig to roast? Roast a pig …

What Is Cuban Mojo Criollo?

Mojo Criollo (pronounced mo-ho kree-oyo) is a Cuban marinade consisting of naranja agria, garlic, olive oil, limes, and spices.  Naranja Agria – a sour citrus made from seville oranges Garlic – lots of garlic smashed with a mortar and pestle Olive oil – a good quality olive oil brings a light balance of flavor and …

Cuban arroz con pollo in a pot.

Arroz Amarillo Con Pollo

What is Arroz Amarillo Con Pollo? Arroz con Pollo is rice with chicken in Spanish. My Cuban mother-in-law always called it arroz amarillo con pollo which translates to yellow rice with chicken. Either way, it is like Cuba’s version of paella.  Arroz amarillo con pollo is a one-pot dish that consists of rice, chicken, and …

Cuban fried rice with a side of plantains

Cuban Fried Rice (Arroz Frito)

What is Cuban Fried Rice (Arroz Frito)? Cuban fried rice or arroz frito is exactly what it sounds like. Fried rice with a Cuban twist. What is the twist you ask? Cuban fried rice is made with leftover masitas and plantains The combination of the savory pork, the salty soy sauce (salsa china) and the sweetness …

Old Cuban

The Old Cuban makes a fantastic Cuban New Year’s Eve cocktail. Why do you ask? I think the inventor, Audrey Saunders said it best. She described it as “the Mojito in a little black dress.” Her goal was to take the classic Mojito and give it a glamorous upgrade. Mission accomplished! The first upgrade is …

Masitase de puerco (fried pork chunks) served with black beans and rice.

Masitas de Puerco (Fried Pork Chunks)

What is Masitas de Puerco? Masitas de puerco is pork cut into chunks, marinated (over nite if possible), then fried to a golden brown.  There are so many Cuban dishes that I remember the first time I ever ate them. Masitas de puerco is no exception. I had recently moved in with my Cuban boyfriend …

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