So way back in October, we cooked Cuba! Today we cooked The Gambia, which is 20 countries later in the list…
I remember reading about a popular Cuban sandwich but wasn’t excited about the prospect of eating pickles on it. So I went with a slow cooked beef recipe called ropa vieja (the fact that it could be made in the crock pot definitely made it a winner!), yet another rice and beans recipe called “Moros y Cristianos” (“Moors and Christians” … the black beans represent the Moors and the white rice represents the Christians… yep.), and a sweet plantain dish called platanos en tenacion.
Ropa Vieja (recipe)
This was a slow cooked beef recipe with tomatoes, peppers, and a tomato based sauce.
What went in the crock pot in the morning:
The finished product:
Moros y Cristianos (recipe)
This another pretty simple rice and beans recipe. Sauté onions, garlic, and peppers. Add beans, tomato paste, and some spices. Add chicken broth and rice. Cook until done.
Cuban Platanos en Tentacion (recipe)
The recipes I read (including this one) were very insistent that this is a side dish, not a dessert! It involved plantains (the riper the better), cinnamon, sugar, butter, and white wine. All good things. The brown things sticking out of the bananas are pieces of cinnamon (we did not eat them).
The full meal:
The flavors in this meal were great. The rice and beans (of which there was a LOT) was good. The meat tasted great, but the cut that the recipe called for was very stringy after cooking. I had a hard time getting past the texture, but Tyler was okay with it. The bananas, which were as sweet as you would expect bananas baked in butter, sugar, and cinnamon to be, actually worked reasonably well as a side dish and complemented the other foods.
Overall, not bad! I gave the meal a 4/5 rating.
Here’s to catching up on these blog posts…