5 Cuban Appetizers For Thanksgiving
So you have dibbled and dabbled in the Cuban cuisine and find yourself in love with the Cuban cooking, so here are 5 Cuban appetizers for Thanksgiving. What is unique about the Cuban cuisine is that it is a combination Spanish, African, and Creole influences. The authentic Cuban recipes below are quick and easy, and is plentiful for your entire family.
1. Ensalada (Salad)
- 1/2 red onions sliced in rings
- 1 chopped head romain lettuce
- 1 sliced avocado
- 1 tomato sliced in rings
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- On a platter, organize lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions.
- Sprinkle with water, vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
2. Tostones (Fried Plantains)
- 2 ripe plantains
- canola oil for frying
- Start by peeling the plantains but cutting off its edges, slitting it down the middle and peeling horizontally.
- Cut in five to six pieces.
- Fry in oil for two minutes, then remove from oil and smash each plantain using a cup.
- Refry until golden brown (about four to five minutes).
3. Masitas del Puerco (Fried Pork Chunks)
- 1 pound pork loin, cut in 1 ½ size cubes
- 4 cloves fresh minced garlic
- 1/2 cup lemon juice or sour orange juice
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- salt to taste
- Prepare the marinade by combining garlic, lemon juice or sour orange juice, cumin, oregano, and salt.
- Pour over pork and marinate over night.
- The following day, simmer pork with marinate juice on low heat in a covered skillet for eight to ten minutes.
- Transfer the pork to a new skillet without the marinade and sauté lightly in two tablespoons olive oil.
- Add ½ small onion and green pepper sliced into rings.
- Sauté for about four to five minutes. Drizzle the marinade on top and serve.
4. Guayaba con Queso y Galletica (Guava and Cheese on Crackers)
- guava paste (found at the international market)
- cream cheese
- Slice the guava and cream cheese into thin slices and place on a cracker of your choosing.
- Serve on a platter.
5. Pan Frito con Mojo (Fried Bread with Garlic Sauce)
- Cuban or Italian bread, sliced
- 8 fresh cloves smashed garlic
- 1 cup olive oil
- butter for toasting
- 1/3 up lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Ideally, this recipes calls for a loaf of Cuban bread, but since most stores don’t sell it, it can be substituted with Italian bread.
- Toast bread in a skillet using butter.
- For the mojo, lightly sauté garlic in olive oil for three to four minutes.
- Add lemon juice and sprinkle a dash salt pepper.
- Simmer on low heat for six to eight minutes. This tangy garlic sauce can also be used on salads and meats.