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Papa Rellena

What Is Papa Rellena? Papa Rellena literally means filled potato. So what are we filling potatoes with? We are filling mashed potatoes with picadillo (ground beef). Sounds delish right? Just wait for the second part. First, we take the picadillo and stuff it inside a mashed potato ball.  Then, we roll these balls around in some …

Abuelo’s lasagne served with garlic bread.

Lasagne – Abuelo’s Way

Let’s start with the obvious question, “What is a lasagne recipe doing on a Cuban recipe website?” Answer, “Everybody loves lasagne!” I have read many recipes on the internet and every one of them say, ‘this recipe is the best’. It’s my mom makes the best, my nonna makes the best, or my dad makes …

Picture of malnangas.

What Is Malanga?

I was probably about 19 years old the first time I ever ate malanga. It was so different from anything else, but it quickly became one of my favorite foods! When I met my Cuban husband and started eating meals with his family, sometimes I didn’t even know what I was eating. However, I always …

What is Yuca?

Yuca, pronounced Yoo-ka, is a starchy tuberous root also commonly known as cassava. However, yuca is not the same thing as yucca. I see many recipes and articles interchanging the two. Yucca is a shrub with white flowers that grows in dry climates.  Yuca is a tubular root vegetable like a potato. It grows in …

Why Does Garlic Turn Blue?

I use garlic almost everyday. Garlic is a staple in Cuban cooking. Every recipe calls for it and even when it doesn’t I’ll add it anyway! Most of the time, I add the garlic where it’s called for and everything turns out great. But… sometimes when I am making a garlic mojo sauce the garlic …

Picture of a frita cubana (Cuban hamburger)

Frita Cubana (Cuban Hamburger)

What is a Frita Cubana? A frita (free-tah) cubana is the Cuban hamburger. The patty consists of ground beef and pork and sometimes chorizo. It is topped with shoestring potatoes stuffed into a soft bun. The frita cubana dates back to the early 1900’s. They were sold out of carts on the streets of Havana …

Reusable Sandwich Bags – The Sustainable Alternative to Ziplock Bags

In the last few years the world has become more conscious of our impact on the environment, and many have made the choice to ditch single-use plastics. If you’re one of those people, then congratulations! You’re at the beginning of a journey that will help to preserve our beautiful planet.  Plastic sandwich bags are a …

What is Cuban Espresso?

Espresso is mixed with hot water and sugar to make Cuban coffee, or cafe cubano. The ultimate product is an espresso coffee with a syrupy caramelized body and a high concentration of caffeine.

What is Naranja Agria?

If you are new to Cuban cooking you might have noticed many recipes contain the ingredient naranja agria.  If you do not know what that is then you are probably asking yourself, what is naranja agria? Naranja agria is spanish for bitter or sour orange in english. It is also known as Seville orange. Naranja …

Bistec Encebollado on a dinner plate.

Bistec Encebollado (Cuban Steak with Onions)

What is Bistec Encebollado? Many people ask, “What is bistec encebollado?” Bistec encebollado is marinated Cuban steak and grilled onions.  Many  Cubans do not have access to high quality cuts of meat. Therefore, they make the best out of lower quality cuts of meat. For example, bistec is made from top sirloin cut very thin …

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