Cuban Picadillo con Papas

What Is Cuban Picadillo con Papas? Cuban picadillo (pronounced “peekah-dee-ohz”) means minced meat or ground beef. Picadillo is a very popular Latin dish that is unique to each region that it comes from. Cuban picadillo con papas is ground beef with potatoes. Picadillo starts with a base of sofrito, tomatoes or tomato sauce and spices. If...

Christmas Pastelitos de Guayaba

How To Make Christmas Pastelitos de Guayaba During the holiday season homemade treats are everywhere. Maybe you have on office Christmas party, a cookie exchange with friends or a family gathering and this year you would like to do something a little different. I have your answer. Christmas pastelitos de guayabe (guava pastries). What makes...

Fricasé de Costillitas (Baby Back Ribs Fricassée)

Fricasé de Costillitas (Baby Back Ribs Fricassée) Where have Fricasé de Costillitas en cazuela been all of my life? That is exactly what I said to myself after making this recipe and then taking the first bite! I was inspired to make these oh so tender baby back ribs after trying them at a local...

Macaroni Con Pollo

Macaroni Con Pollo Macaroni con pollo is simply pasta with chicken. The preferred pasta is rigatoni. Do you want to know why I use rigatoni? The first reason is because that it is the pasta that my mother-in-law used and she is the one that taught me this recipe. If you have been following along...

Cuban Tamales

Tamales have been an important food in Latin America for more than 2000 years. One of the earliest references to the tamale can be found in a mural in Guatemala which dates back to around 100 A.D. By this time, tamales had already become a very popular dish in Mesoamerica. Over the centuries, thanks to...

Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains)

What Are Maduros? Maduros are fried sweet plantain bananas that are mature and overripe. Maduros is such a popular side dish in Cuba that it can probably be found on every dinner table. If you are not familiar with plantain bananas they can be a bit deceiving. Most people might think when they see a...

Lechón Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)

What Is Lechón Asado (Cuban Roast Pork)? Lechón 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...

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 (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...