Cuban Picadillo Puff Pastry (pastelitos de carne)

The other day I was watching an old episode of Will and Grace. Will was telling Grace how he was preparing a meal of appetizers for his father. This got me thinking,  if I did that I would definitely have these savory picadillo (ground beef) puff pastries (pastelitos de carne) on my menu. How to …

Photo of Cuban albondigas served with white rice.

Traditional Cuban Albondigas

What are Albondigas? The Spanish word for meatballs is albondigas. Albondigas are small meatballs made of ground meat and rice. Traditionally, they are served in soup. A broth-based soup loaded with vegetables. Some recipes have potatoes some do not.  Most of the recipes found online are also traditionally Mexican. It is really hard to find …

Fried Albondigas - Cuban Style - served with white rice and plantains

Cuban Fried Albondigas (Cuban Meatballs)

What are Albondigas? The Spanish word for meatballs is albondigas. Albondigas are small meatballs made of ground meat and rice. Traditionally, they are served in soup. A broth-based soup loaded with vegetables. Some recipes have potatoes some do not.  Most of the recipes found online are also traditionally Mexican. It is really hard to find …

Cuban picadillo pictured with sides.

Cuban Picadillo

What is Cuban Picadillo? Cuban picadillo (pronounced “peekah-dill-ohz”) means minced meat or ground beef. It is cooked with sofrito, tomatoes or tomato sauce and spices. Many Latin countries and even the Phillipines all have their own versions. Even people from different parts of Cuba have their own versions. My Cuban mother in law taught me …

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 …

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 …