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Cuban Coconut and Rum Flan

Flan is a staple dessert all across the Caribbean and Latin America. This recipe it’s the newest addition to our dessert menu; it’s easy to make and best when chilled overnight in the same pie dish and served the next day.

Total time – about 1 1/2 hr

Yields – 12 servings

Serving suggestion – by itself or a-la-mode with a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum

Procedure

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Have ready a 9-inch round glass pie dish. Place a clean kitchen towel in the bottom of shallow baking pan large enough to hold pie dish. Fill baking pan with enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of dish; carefully transfer baking pan to oven.

Place 3/4 cup sugar in a heavy-bottomed, medium skillet. Place over medium-high heat; cook until sugar begins to melt, swirling pan. Continue cooking until melted and medium-dark brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; pour caramelized sugar into pie dish. Swirl dish until sugar evenly coats bottom; let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup sugar, salt, eggs, and egg yolks until combined. Whisk in remaining ingredients until combined. Pour into pie dish; transfer to hot-water bath in oven. Bake until flan is almost set (it will appear loose in center but continue cooking as it cools), 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer baking pan to a wire rack until water cools; then transfer pie dish to wire rack to cool.

When ready to serve, run a knife between flan and pie dish. Place a serving dish on top of flan; invert. Slice, and garnish with any remaining syrup.

Buen Provecho!

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Arroz a la jardinera (rice with vegetables)

This is a great alternative to white rice and a perfect side dish for grilled steak, chicken or pork.

Total time – about 30 min

Yield – 4-5 servings

Serving suggestion – as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized onion, peeled and diced,
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anniato oil (achiote)
  • 3 or 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 handful of string beans, diced
  • 1 or 2 carrots, diced 2 cups diced pumpkin
  • 1 lb uncooked rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Procedure

Saute the onion, pepper and garlic on the olive oil.

Add the water and cooking oil. Bring to a boil.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered until the water evaporates. blend with a ladle, folding the rice from the bottom to the top and vice versa.

Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender.

Buen provecho!

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Latin Pepper Steak

A variation of the Chinese dish with a latin twist.

Total time – 20 min

Yield – 4 servings

Serving suggestion – with white rice and tostones or ripped fried plantains on the side.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1lb. boneless sirloin or flank steak, cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium red and/or green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 package Brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro

Procedure

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown beef.

Remove beef and set aside.

Add red peppers, onion and jalapeno pepper and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in water, lime juice and Brown gravy mix.

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in beef and cilantro and simmer for about 5 min.

Buen Provecho!

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Spring time cocktails

Backyard entertaining season is just around the corner. Margaritas it’s probably the first cocktail that comes to mind to go along with your backyard cookout. However, if you want to try something different this season, here are a couple of spring time pitcher size cocktails that will keep your crowd entertained.

Watermelon and Raspberry Punch

Note: Can be made ahead and can be refrigerated overnight.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
  • 1 seeded, cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup strawberry margarita mix
  • 1 cup coconut-flavored rum
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 8 mint sprigs to garnish

Puree raspberries and mint leaves in a blender until smooth. Strain into a serving pitcher. Puree the cubed watermelon until smooth, and strain the juice into the serving pitcher. Stir in the margarita mix, coconut rum, and ice cubes. Garnish each glass with mint sprigs.

Puerto Rican Rum Punch

Note: Can be made ahead and can be refrigerated overnight.

  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup gold rum (8 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup Grenadine (2 ounces)
  • One 750-ml bottle sparkling wine, such as Spanish cava, chilled
  • Fresh pineapple chunks, for garnish

In a large pitcher, combine the lime juice and sugar and stir briskly until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rum, orange liqueur and grenadine and chill the rum mixture for about 1 hour. Just before serving, add the sparkling wine and pineapple chunks and serve in punch glasses.

Caribbean Lemonade

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds and seeded

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the wine and chill for about 1 hour. Add the lemon slices and serve in punch glasses.

Caribbean Rum Zing

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups guava nectar
  • 1 cup amber rum, such as Mount Gay
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

In a large pitcher, combine the orange juice with the guava nectar and rum. Add the ice and stir until cold; add the ginger ale. Pour into cocktail glasses, add the grenadine and nutmeg, and serve

Watermelon Sangria

Note: Can be made ahead and can be refrigerated overnight.

  • 12 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1 medium lime, quartered
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Place 9 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender; blend on high until very smooth.  Strain juice through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Pour the wine, vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup into the pitcher. Stir to combine. Mix the remaining 3 cups of watermelon cubes, the lime quarters, orange sections, and blueberries into the sangria. Chill for 4 hours before serving.

Buen provecho!

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Ropa Vieja Cubana

The Ropa Vieja (shredded beef in a tomato sauce base) is a Cuban dish from Spanish origin. Very popular in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.  In some countries is known as carne mechada or pabellon.

Total time –  This recipe uses a slow cooking technique so it can take from 4-10 hrs depending on the cut of meat you use. In this case, we are using flank steak for easy shredding.

Yields – 6 servings

Serving suggestions – with white rice and red kidney or pink beans (stewed Caribbean style) and fried plantains on the side.

Ingredients

  • tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds beef flank steak
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Procedure

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.

Transfer the flank steak to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours.  At this point, the steak should have shredded by itself; if not, use two forks to shred steak apart.

Buen Provecho!

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Adobo-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Mango Mojo

This is modern variation of the popular Cuban dish; Puerco Adobado (adobo-rubbed) pork).

Total time – about 1 hr.

Yield – 6 servings

Serving suggestion –

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup achiote oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 sprigs cilantro, washed
  • 2 pork tenderloin, 12-14 ounces, trimmed

Procedure: To make marinade, place all ingredients (except pork) in a blender and pulse 3 times for 3 to 4 seconds. Place the tenderloin in a shallow pan, pour the marinade over it, and place in refrigerator for 3 hours or, better yet, 24 hours.

Mango Mojo

Ingredients:

  • 1 firm and ripe mango, skinned and diced
  • 3 tablespoons diced red onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, washed, picked, and roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced very finely
  • 3 ounces mango juice
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Preparation: In a bowl, mix all the mojo ingredients and let the flavors blend for about 1 hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of achiote oil. Add the tenderloin. Brown well on all sides, place the pan in the oven, and cook for 5 minutes more. Take the pan out of the oven and let the meat cool slightly before slicing. Serve with the mango mojo.

Buen provecho!

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Nidito de yuca con Salmorejo de jueyes

This weekend one of my regular customers put me out to a real test. American but married to a Puerto Rican, she called me with a last minute request for a small gathering she was hosting for a a small group of friends. “I want something traditional with a twist but accompanied with something really authentic”, she said. “How authentic you want the other thing to be?” I asked her. “Something that screams Puerto Rico”, she said. And for some reason and out of the blue, crabs came to mind.

In my opinion, no other dish screams Puerto Rico lauder than Salmorejo de jueyes (crabmeat salmorejo). It is all, traditional, authentic and very popular; from the mountains down to the beach kiosks all over the island. It is served in different ways, as an appetizer, as a main dish served with root vegetables or as the preferred filling for fritters. It is like comfort food. In the mountains they use land crab and in the coast they use blue crab. They both come from the same family of crabs and are harvested locally; even in the backyards of private homes.

The name Salmorejo comes from a Spanish dish made from a very tasty and thick tomato paste based stew. So thick that you can eat it with a a fork. The most popular Salmorejo in Spain is the Salmorejo de Conejo, (rabbit salmorejo). How or when the crabmeat was incorporated into this dish is unknown; however, whom ever came out with the idea is considered a genius in my books.

For her order, I incorporated the Salmorejo de jueyes with yucca (cassava); another traditional root vegetable, into an appetizer I called it Nidito de yucca con Salmorejo de jueyes. (Cassava nest with crabmeat salmorejo). Here is the recipe for that appetizer.

Total time – about 1 hr.

Yield – 4-6 servings

Serving suggestion – as an appetizer or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces crabmeat, which may be fresh, canned (drained) or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 teaspoonful of ground garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls of chopped onion
  • 2 or 3 olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoonful chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 tablespoonful chopped red peppers
  • two drops ofTabascosauce
  • 1 tablespoonful of olive or cooking oil
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water (or substitute with 1/2 cup white wine!)
  • 1/3 teaspoonful of salt
  • 1 lbs of yucca
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Procedure

For the cassava nest

The cassava nest is made from mashed cassava. Wash and peel the cassava using a potato peeler. Then cut into chunks, put them in a saucepan with salted water enough to cover them. Bring it to a boil and cook until tender; about 30 min. Drain and remove the wick-like core from the cassava. In a mixing bowl, mash the cassava the same way you would mash potatoes; with butter and adding the chicken broth little by little until you reach the right consistency. Not too dry, not too wet. Set aside.

Note: you can also use frozen cassava.

For the Salmorejo de jueyes

Sauté all ingredients except the crabmeat over medium heat for about two minutes, stirring continuously. Add the crabmeat, stir, and cook, covered, for 15 minutes over low heat. Stir and let stand for a few minutes, covered.

Putting it all together

You are going to need 4-6 ramekins or similar kind.

Grease the bottom and sides of each ramekin with butter.

Make the cassava nest by pouring in enough of the mashed cassava to cover the bottom and around the ramekin; pressing firmly with a spoon.

Pour in the Salmorejo de jueyes and leave some space on top.

Cover that space with more of the mashed cassava.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese

Bake at 375 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until  golden brown. Serve hot.

Buen provecho!

Later that evening my client called to thank me for the memories. It happened that all of her guests were Puerto Ricans and the Salmorejo de jueyes triggered a long night of anecdotes and stories among her friends. What a coincidence, it had the same effect on me while I was preparing me. A lot of good memories ran through my mind. And that’s what comfort food it’s all about.

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