The best red bean soup recipe I’ve ever tried, this Cuban red bean soup – potaje colorado – is a family favorite!
Of all the recipes I’ve learned from my in-laws, this is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to make, and there’s something so comforting about bean based soups. They’re creamy without dairy, loaded with flavor, and filling in a non-heavy way. Also, Cuban red bean soup is versatile! You can serve it as a soup one day, maybe with crusty bread, or over rice the next. This soup is made either on the stove top or using an electric pressure cooker, and I’ve included instructions below for both. (more…)
A savory Cuban shrimp dish, creole shrimp (or camaron criollo) is a tasty and relatively quick meal to make at home.
This is another Cuban dish I learned to make by watching my in laws. It actually came to the blog accidentally. My in-laws were visiting, and my father spied some shrimp at the market that he thought looked absolutely fabulous. 30 seconds later, plans to go out that evening changed so we could make creole shrimp at home! My in-laws looked at me and said, “you need to take pictures and put this on the blog”. On a side note, I love how this blog has become a family affair and a way to document “home” recipes. It makes my heart happy to blend food from the Godfather’s family, my family, and new foods we discover together for the site. Good food is meant to be shared, darlings. (more…)
Classic flan gets a citrus liquor twist in this Grand Marnier flan recipe. Flan is a delicious, cooling, custard dessert common in Latin cuisine.
Here’s a fun fact I learned recently – flan has Roman roots! Apparently, a savory version was introduced to Europe by the Romans, and the rest is history. Who knew? Anyway, I thought this was a fun little bit of food etymology perfect for sharing to start the post so we can all say we learned something new. Nowadays when most people think of flan, it’s in conjunction with Latin American cuisine, and it’s almost always sweet.
Whatever the origin, flan is one of my favorite desserts. I like the cool yet firm texture of the custard, and it’s such a fabulous make-ahead dish. This Grand Marnier flan was actually my birthday “cake” this year, and I couldn’t let 2016 leave us without sharing the recipe. (more…)
A traditional Christmas meal in Cuban households, this Cuban pork shoulder recipe is perfect for smaller gatherings!
Cuban cuisine is not complete without talking about (and eating) pork. Pork was the centerpiece of many family meals growing up, whether it was a whole hog for Christmas Eve dinner (known as Noche Buena), or a pork shoulder for Easter and most holidays. Enjoying the meal together as a family is the culmination of moments I enjoyed as a kid that led to everyone gathering at the table. (more…)
Cuban picadillo is an economical, easy to make, delicious dish! It’s great served with rice or salad, and with wholesome ingredients, is a great ground beef recipe to add to your dinner rotation.
It seems fitting to be posting a Cuban recipe today. My in-laws are visiting, and I have very much appreciated the chance to pick their brains about cooking while here. In fact, one of the recipes you’ll see soon-ish on the blog I shot before dinner one evening (they cooked!). You can try all the Cuban restaurants you like, there’s nothing like good home cooked food. So, I’m sharing my recipe for Cuban picadillo today. (more…)