Supercharge Your Tastebuds With Cuban Cuisine
If you were to describe Cuban cuisine, the words bright, flavorful, and tasty would come to mind. Unique in it’s own way, this special mix of Spanish, African, and Caribbean flavors is unlike anything your tastebuds have ever experienced.
There are a variety of different ways to get your fix of Cuban food, from visiting an authentic Cuban restaurant or making it yourself. No matter what you choose, supercharge your tastebuds with Cuban cuisine and these tasty meals.
Try Some Tapas
The great thing about tapas is that no matter what your tastebuds prefer, there will always be something to tickle your fancy. Authentic Cuban restaurants, like Agozar, feature a variety of different tastes and flavors in their tapas that you won’t be able to resist.
Alambre: Grilled shrimp, mole poblano
Taquitos: Mahi mahi fish, soft flour tortilla, the works
Milanesa: Crispy eggplant, goat cheese, tomato sofrito
Croquetas de Hongo: Wild mushroom, salsa verde
Arepas: Sweet corn cake, ropa vieja, crema nata
Masitas: Crispy pork belly, mojo
Why wait for your next trip to Agozar? Make this meal yourself! Pick up these ordinary ingredients at your local supermarket and turn them into something extraordinary.
Get the taste of a traditional Cuban pork roast in the convince of your own home.
- 2 (4 ounce) lean boneless pork chops
- Juice of two limes
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Two garlic cloves, crushed
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon onion power
- Trim the excess fat from the pork chops. Use a sharp knife to cut crosshatch marks over both sides of the pork chops.
- Mix the remaining ingredients together in a container or re-sealable bag. Add the pork chops and place the container or bag in the refrigerator. Allow the ingredients to marinate for at least one hour.
- Broil or grill the pork chops for eight to ten minutes. Turn the pork chops over once half way through cooking.
In many cuisines and cultures, it can be hard to feed vegetarians or vegans. Those who don’t eat animals won’t have to resort to a boring green salad – Cuban cuisine is the perfect type of food to treat them to.
An easy method of serving vegetarians is to stick with sides. Here are some popular Cuban options:
- Rice and black beans
- Sweet plantains
- Green plantains
- Yuca frita
- Homemade guacamole
Several iconic dishes ooze Cuban flare – empanadas being one of them. While this dish seems fancy and complex, this simple recipe will impress your guest’s tastebuds, and won’t be much work for you.
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ½ cup whole kernel corn
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ pound ground meat (chicken, turkey, beef, etc.)
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 8 large refrigerated biscuits
- Brown ground meat and drain the fat.
- Add the remaining ingredients to your meet (aside from the egg)
- Pat out your biscuits to approximately ½ inch thick. Care fully put a spoonful of meat mixture on each biscuit. Brush the biscuit edges lightly with egg. Fold each biscuit in half and crimp the biscuit edges sealed with a fork.
- Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cuban cuisine doesn’t have to be expensive, fancy, or difficult to make to impress your guests. Turn basic ingredients into a Cuban feast in your own kitchen. And for those who don’t cook, no worries – head over to a classic, traditional Cuban restaurant – like Agozar – and you’ll feel like you’re sitting in Havana while you supercharge your tastebuds with Cuban cuisine.