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It is not surprising when you bite into food and are instantly transported back to where you first ate that food because the human sense of smell is linked strongly to both taste and memories. If you want authentic Cuban flavors and dishes, you can either visit a Cuban restaurant or deli or make the following distinctly Cuban foods at home.
The Cuban (Sandwich, That Is)
Walk into any New York City deli, and there is probably a "Cuban" on the menu. This is a classic ethnic sandwich synonymous with Cubans and Cuban culture. If you want to make it at home, you will need the following ingredients:
Layer the ingredients thin, and toast until the Swiss is melted. Mmmmmm!
Fried Sweet Plantains
Eaten as a snack or for dessert, these fried sweet plantains can be found at vendor carts in the streets of Cuba and on many restaurant menus. Take three to five good-sized ripe plantains, slice them on the diagonal after you have peeled them, fry them just as you would fry anything on the stove or in a deep fryer for a few minutes, and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar. For added flavor, you can sprinkle them with cinnamon too.
Buy Coca-Cola with real sugar in it (not corn syrup!). You can find this in any Hispanic grocery store or specialty grocer nearby. The real sugar in place of corn syrup makes all the difference in the taste of the drink. Squeeze fresh lime juice into it and chill (or chill first and then squeeze lime into it). It's Cuba's twist on a popular soda sold around the world. (You can buy this already canned in stores, but it will have the corn syrup in place of real sugar, and it will not taste like you remember it in Cuba!)
Other Not-So-Difficult Things to Make
A lot of Cuban recipes are not surprisingly complex, yet they are rich in flavors. If you think you want to try more simple recipes, visit the nearest Cuban restaurant to see what they are serving up. Try things that sound delicious to you, and then try to duplicate them at home. If your cooking skills are a little more advanced, then you can try some of Cuba's signature (and more complex) dishes.Share