Viva Cuba! Bistec Empanizado


Viva Cuba! Bistec Empanizado

I’ve frequently repeated the assertion that the simple, hearty food of Cuba is criminally underrated. But one benefit that I’d never even considered until now was the simplicity of obtaining the ingredients for virtually any dish. I love all kinds of cuisine, from Korean to French to Southern. But with those, there’s often at least one or two items that require an out of the way trip to obtain. I’ve never had that problem with Cuban food. Most multi-step dishes are based around a sofrito (onion, green pepper, garlic), and work with the earthy, natural flavors of beans, meat, and rice. Here, I’ve gone one step simpler, pulling a recipe from an old Cuban cookbook that just uses a quick marinade, breading, and saute. It’s pictured here with my super-secret moros y cristianos (the preparation of which I’ll throw up here soon enough), but you can have it alongside anything you can think of – plain rice and beans, plantains, diced potatoes, etc. Just make sure you have a squeeze of lime to finish it off with. That’s as close as this has to a secret ingredient.

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