Saturday, August 15, 2015

Erica's Kitchen: Aroz a la Cubana #QuickFix

I absolutely hated it whenever we had this at home when I was a kid. I didn't like the idea of raisins with ground pork, I didn't even like ground pork to begin with! I would usually just eat the egg and rice and mix in some Knorr seasoning and that would be dinner for me.

When I moved to my new place a few years ago, I got this weird craving for it. I had no clue how to make it so I called my mom's cook. She gave me a recipe, and I tweaked it to my taste. I also use ground beef, because it's sometimes pork or a mix of both. Anyhoo, here's my version of food from my childhood!


250 g ground round
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs yellow mustard
1 piece Kraft cheddar cheese singles
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp brown sugar
3/4 cup beef stock
eggs, sunny side up
steamed white rice
4 plantains, sliced in half lengthwise and fried

How to:

  • Saute onion and garlic until translucent.
  • Add ground beef and fry until browned.
  • Add tomato paste, mustard and brown sugar. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add beef stock and cheese. Cook there is no liquid left. Halfway through, add the raisins.
  • Assemble on a plate, making sure everyone has some rice, an egg, beef and banana. Alternately, you can put beef on a serving plate, put eggs on top and arrange bananas around it so people can serve themselves.