5 Cuban Pork Recipes
As one of the two largest nations in the Caribbean, it’s a well-known fact that Cubans love to eat. While meats, in general, are a savory embellishment to the vast array of dishes that dress up a Cuban table, pork is definitely a favorite. Here are five different pork recipes that have “Cuban!” written all over them:
This entrée is a Cuban classic most commonly known as pork chops. Flavored with fresh garlic paste, cumin, lime juice, and salt, the pork chops are browned in olive oil. Once the chops are cooked through, and set aside, handfuls of sliced onions are browned in the frond-flavored, left-over oil. The tasty onions are generously piled up alongside the pork chops and lovingly served as a hearty and authentic Cuban meal. Get the recipe for Cuban Pork Chops.
This signature Cuban party dish is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The key to achieving the classic Cuban roast pork flavor is with the use of “mojo sauce” which can either be purchased or made fresh. The primary ingredient of mojo sauce is Cuba’s own sour oranges, mixed with cilantro, garlic, mint, oregano, and cumin. The pork roast (or ham leg with skin on) marinates in the sauce overnight which helps to tenderize the roast. Much like a prime rib, the roast is placed into a very hot oven in order to create a delicious crust that seals in the moisture and flavor. Then, the oven temperature is reduced, so that the roast can slowly cook until done all the way through. For sure, your guests will be coming back for seconds…or thirds! Get the recipe for Cuban Roast Pork.
Cubans love fried food, and this dish is certainly a favorite. Once again, the pork is marinated in a classic Cuban mojo sauce, contributing to its full flavor. What sets this dish apart, however, is that the marinated pork chunks are simmered in water and lard until the water has evaporated and the meat can then be fried in the remaining lard until perfectly done and not overdone. Onions are added for flavor, and then the dish is finished off with salt and lime juice. A perfect snack for anytime during the day or night. Get the recipe for Cuban Fried Pork.
Known as a staple food for the Cubans, this sandwich that features an impressive trifecta of pork, ham, and Cuban bread will always leave you wanting more. This sandwich is served warm by virtue of being heat pressed, and it dances with salty/sour flavors created by the use of savory meats, sweet bread, pickles, and mustard. Get the recipe for this Cuban Sandwich.
This is one of those melt-in-your-mouth Cuban dishes that will make a Cuban-food-lover out of you. With pork at the center of this dish, the meat is simmered in water and spices for over an hour to achieve that incredible tenderness that only low and slow cooking can achieve. When tender, the pork is cooled, and then sautéed in olive oil with dry adobo spices, garlic, peppers, and of course lots of onions. Get the recipe for Cuban Montuno (Sauteed Pork).
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