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 …

Chicken Fricassee

Fricase de Pollo (Chicken Fricassee)

Fricase de Pollo (Chicken Fricassee) Chicken Fricassee is the first Cuban dish that I mastered. Do you want to know why? I’ll tell you why, it was my kids favorite and it’s very easy and forgiving. What is Cuban chicken fricassee? According to Julia Child a fricassee is half way between a saute and a …

Instant Pot Cuban White Beans

Cuban Instant Pot White Beans and Rice Most people are only aware of black beans and rice but today I am going to show you how to make Cuban Instant pot white beans and rice.  I will  be using an Instant Pot for all of the Instant Pot lovers out there.  One of my favorite …

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 …

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 …

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 …