Cuban Dishes

By: Jazmine Carrillo

Native Dishes

Moros y Cristianos/Moors and Christians (Black Beans and Rice)

The name refers to the African (black beans) and Spanish Christian (white rice) roots of Cuban culture and cooking.
  • 1 pound black beans, dried (or 2 cups canned black beans)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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    Lechon Asado

    The pork is simmered in a broth until tender, then shredded. It is normally served with black beans and rice.

    1 1/2poundsboneless pork chops

  • 1 pintwater to cover

  • 1lime, juiced

  • 1 sprigfresh thyme

  • 8black peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoongarlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoononion powder

    • salt to taste

    • 2 tablespoonsolive oil

    • 1 largeonion, halved and thinly sliced

    • 3 clovesgarlic, peeled and sliced

    • 1lime, juice

    • 1/4 cupchopped fresh cilantro

    Flan

    It is a custard dessert with a smooth and silky texture and a mild flavor. Its consists of eggs, vanilla and sugar mixed with boiled milk and then baked. A caramel sauce is usually addded either on the top or the bottom of the dish before the egg mixture is poured in.

    Arroz con leche

    1 cup rice (short grain)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 strips of lemon peel (or zest)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • grated cinnamon and or cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Arroz con Salchichas

  • 2 cups uncooked parboiled rice (Uncle Ben’s is best, but NOT the instant kind)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • 2 drained cans Vienna sausage cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 med yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 med. green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 small jar diced red pimientos w/ liquid
  • Bijol -just a pinch to color the rice
  • 1 small can peas, drained
  • Herbs and Spices

    Adobo

    Sazon

    Mojo

    Spanish Paprika

    Plectranthus amboinicus

    Plectranthus amboinicus

    Known as a cuban oregano, it is a plant.