You want a taste of the Puerto Rican cuisine, so here are 5 easy Puerto Rican Christmas recipes for the upcoming holiday. The recipes below are geared towards people of all cooking levels, and even more exciting, they are finger licking good. So, get ready to delve into the colorful flavors of the island.
- Coquito (Eggnog). A Christmas is not truly Puerto Rican without coquito. This refreshing drink spiked with rum is even more delicious than its American counterpart version. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of condensed milk, 1 can of coconut milk, ½ cup of rum, 2 egg yolks, and a dash of cinnamon. Mix well, refrigerate in a pitcher, and serve chilled.
- Lechon Asado (Roasted Pork). This easy Puerto Rican Christmas recipe is plentiful for your entire family, and you will wonder why you hadn’t been cooking Puerto Rican dishes earlier if you would have known it was this easy. Purchase a 6-7 pound pork shoulder and place it inside of a roasting pan. Smoother it with ½ cup lemon juice. For the marinade, combine ½ cup olive oil, 8 peeled and minced fresh garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon peppercorn, 1 tablespoon oregano, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 tablespoon cumin. Mix well and pour on pork. Use your hands to spread evenly. Marinate for 12-48 hours. Cook on 400 degrees F. for 3-4 hours. This recipes makes a great pulled pork.
- Flan (Sweet Custard). Flan is eaten in several Latin American countries, and it makes a perfect Puerto Rican Christmas dessert. Prepare the caramel by heating 2 cups white sugar in a pot. When you see that the sugar is melting, stir until it becomes a golden brown color (about 6-8 minutes). Exercise caution while melting the sugar; do not leave sugar unattended, cook on low-medium heat, try not burning the sugar because it becomes bitter, and careful not to burn yourself. Once melted, pour the caramel inside of a round glass baking mold, rotating it so that the edges are covered. Allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the custard by combining in a large bowl 1 can of evaporated milk, 1 can of condensed milk, 2 egg yolks, 2 whole eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon. Pour mixture inside of the glass mold and give it a water bath on the stovetop for about 1-1 ½ hour. Let it sit for 4 hours in room temperature before inverting. Serve chilled.
- Arroz Blanco (White Rice). Rice is a staple in the Puerto Rican diet. Accompany a side of white rice with your favorite Christmas Puerto Rican dish and you have yourself a night in San Juan. In a heavy-duty pot, combine 2 cups white rice, 2 ½ cups water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to a boil for 5 five minutes, and simmer for the remaining 20-25 minutes. Mix and let it sit for 10 minutes with the lid prior to serving.
- Plátano Frito (Fried Plantains Chips). Purchase the greenest plantain on the shelf. Peel it by cutting off the ends, slitting it from top to bottom using a sharp knife, and removing the skin from left to right. It will come off in sections. Slice it thinly and fry in canola oil until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Sprinkle salt to taste. This easy Puerto Rican Christmas makes a perfect snack or side dish.