So anywhoo, my Plan B is to think positive, enthusiastic, and festive thoughts! Let's have a Cuban Dinner Party!!!
Many years ago when I had my first Mojito....it was in South Beach Miami, Florida, where you can easily find authentic Cuban cuisine. Ever since then, (when I also fell in love with the Traditional Cuban Sandwich,) I have been experimenting, and putting together a foolproof menu for an awesome Cuban dinner. It's a great way to feel "warm & tropical" in the dead of winter. It makes a very nice Superbowl menu, too! Ricky Ricardo would be proud.
CUBAN DINNER PARTY MENU
Black Beans & Rice
Garlic Plantain Chips
1 lb. deli ham, sliced thick
1 lb. roast pork, sliced thick (You can roast & slice it yourself if you cant find it at your deli)
1 lb. Munster cheese
8 submarine rolls, split
Jar of Dijonnaise mustard
Dill pickles, sliced lengthwise (you can usually find them jarred this way in the grocery store)
Butter both sides of submarine rolls, then put mustard on one side of each roll. Layer Ham, Pork, Cheese and Pickle slices onto rolls. Then top with the other half of the roll.
Cuban sandwiches can be cooked using a Panini/Grill Press, a George Foreman Grill, or even just a skillet.
If you are using a skillet, butter the bottom of the skillet and place sandwiches into skillet. Then weigh it down with another skillet (cast iron if you have it). Rolls should be golden brown and cheese should be melted. Let cool for one minute, slice and transfer to serving platter.
Easy Cuban Salad:
Baby Lettuce Greens
Thin red or yellow onion slices
Arrange a bed of lettuce leaves, slice on avocado, onion, salt, olive oil, and a squeeze of lime juice. All these ingredients are to taste, so you can flavor it up or down to your liking.
Tres Leches Cake:
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 14 oz can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons light rum
Spray bottle of whipped cream
Cinnamon for sprinkling
Maraschino cherries (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 13 baking dish. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together.
Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Beat the whites until very foamy and frothy. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, cream the sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer. Continue mixing and slowly add the milk. Then start adding the flour mixture, a little at a time until all the flour is incorporated and and the batter is smooth. Finally, use a spatula to gently add the beaten egg whites until completely mixed.
Pour batter into floured and greased baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Allow cake to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Then invert the cake onto a baking tray with a raised side, (something to catch the syrup.) Repeatedly pierce the top of the cake with a fork.
Milk Syrup: Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, and rum in a bowl until well blended. Pour syrup over cake a little at a time, until it soaks through the cake. Use your fork to enable the syrup to seep into the cake. There will probably still be a pool of syrup around the bottom of the cake, but it will gradually soak in. Cover the cake in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
When it's time to serve, slice a square piece of cake, spray with whipped cream, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with a cherry (optional). You will not believe how good this cake tastes.
|Look how happy we made Ricky! Aww...|