Archivo de la categoría: Cuban recipes

Una receta cubana: fritura de calabaza

Muchos se sienten atraídos por el sabor de la cocina típica cubana. Lo cierto es que mi experiencia en el restaurant La Casa me ha demostrado cuán demandados son los platillos de nuestra cocina tradicional. Entre los preferidos se encuentran las frituras de malanga, receta muy solicitada por quienes nos han visitado pro vez primera y hasta por quienes regresan una y otra vez. Continuar leyendo

Black Bean Soup: Nitza’s Recipe

Black beans

Black beans

Which was the second most popular Cuban recipe in the survey I placed in Facebook some days ago? It was frijoles negros dormidos (asleep black beans – thick black bean soup). Browsing for it I found three different recipes of this typical Cuban dish which I will share with you in two “chapters”.

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Ropa vieja, a Cuban recipe.

Congris and Ropa vieja

Congris and Ropa vieja - Image via Wikipedia

Last week I posted a survey at the Restaurant La Casa page on Facebook and asked,”Is there anything more Cuban than yuca con mojo (manioc with a garlic-and-sour-orange dressing)? This question had a great reception, and it had 66 votes in a few hours. Up to this moment I am writing this post the first place was shared with ropa vieja and black beans, followed closely by (barbecued) roast pork.
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Frijoles negros Cuban black beans

Black beans

Black beans

Cuban black beans is an accompaniment or side dish served  with cooked rice, especially white rice. It can also be eaten as a main dish, on its own. There are as many recipes for black beans as there are Cuban cooks and each have their personal signature on what to add and how to prepare its recipe.

The basic ingredients to make Cuban style black beans besides the black beans are:

  • oil
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • garlic
  • vinegar
  • bay leaf
  • cumin

23. frijoles negros Cuban black beans « Cooking in Multi-cultural NYC.

Cuban Traditions: Ropa Vieja, Slow Cooker magic « Comidas Via MelissaBels

Ropa vieja

Ropa vieja

Beef Stew never sounded so beautiful, or tasted so good. The literal translation for Ropa Vieja in Spanish is “Old Clothes”. This comes from the concept of shredded beef in a medley of vegetables and special sauce.  A mishmash of ingredients, so to speak.  That said, it is absolutely decadent when made the right way.

I first had this dish at an authentic Cuban restaurant here in New York- uptown Manhattan.  I was hesitant my boyfriend insisted I try it. I am so glad that he did. It was amazing! I immediately started to take taste bud inventory of what I was eating so that I could replicate at home.  While there are a ton of ingredients, you pretty much throw everything in a slowcooker and leave it. There isn’t much skill involved- which makes this recipe that much better.

Cuban Traditions: Ropa Vieja, Slow Cooker magic « Comidas Via MelissaBels.