Wesley's Cuban Menu
Hello everyone. Hope you had a laid back weekend. I myself didnít, donít
ask. Iím taking it easy this one though. You know me, baseball tournament. Weíll
be down in St. Simons Island, weíll win. For some reason (the island part I
guess), I started thinking about Cuba. Even though it is politically incorrect,
they have some good food. Maybe itís because Iím hungry. And please donít blast
me for stating a political opinion, it happens to be mine.
Iíve received mega-requests for crock pot recipes. So Iím going to provide
you with a great Cuban black beans and rice recipe. The rest is just good Cuban
food. If you want to turn this in to a Cuban party, might I suggest a costume
party? The possibilities will be endless fun. Itís perfect for the summer as
Obviously the black beans are done in advance and served as a side dish.
Or they could be leftovers from another meal and currently served as a side
dish (did you get that?). The shrimp should be served with toothpicks as an
appetizer. The rest is self-explanatory.
Wesleyís Cuban Get Together:
Shrimp with Rum and Mint
Crock pot Cuban Black Beans and Rice
Cuban Rum and Banana Custard Tart
For 2 drinks
1 lime halved
3 oz. white rum
Cola (meaning Coca)
2 lime slices, for garnish
Squeeze the juice of half a lime into each of 2 tall glasses and drop in
the lime halves. Fill the glasses with ice cubes, add the rum, and top with
Coke. Garnish each glass with a lime slice.
Shrimp with Rum and Mint;
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint (or cilantro)
4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
1/4-cup dark rum
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh limejuice
Salt and Freshly ground pepper to taste.
Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp,
garlic, and jalapenos and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the mint, scallions, rum,
limejuice, and salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the
shrimp are done, about 1 minute. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and
transfer to a serving dish. Boil the sauce over high heat until thick and syrupy,
2 to 3 minutes. Correct the seasoning, adding more limejuice or salt. Pour the
sauce over the shrimp and serve.
Cuban Black Beans and Rice:
6 big servings
1 pound dried black beans (2 cups), sorted and rinsed
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
5 cups water
2 tablespoons oil
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups hot cooked rice for serving
Mix all ingredients except rice in a 3 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker. Cover
and cook on high heat for 6 to 8 hours or until beans are tender and most of
the liquid absorbed. Remove bay leaves. Serve over the rice.
1 7 inch loaf Cuban or French bread
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 oz thinly sliced roasted pork
2 oz thinly sliced cooked ham
1 oz thinly sliced Swiss cheese
3 thin slices of ripe tomato
1 to 2 lettuce leaves
3 to 4 thin slices dill pickles
About 1 tablespoon butter or margarine at room temperature
Slice open the roll lengthwise. Spread the bottom with the mayonnaise and
the top with the mustard. Layer the sandwich with the pork, ham, cheese, tomato,
lettuce, and pickle. Cover with the top of the roll. Lightly butter the entire
outside of the sandwich. Place it in a skillet over medium heat. Place a weight,
like a heavy skillet, on top. Cook the sandwich until crusty and golden brown
on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side, adding butter as necessary. Slice the
sandwich in half on the diagonal and serve at once.
Cuban Banana Rum Custard Tart:
1 stick butter, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted cashews, finely chopped
Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer or by hand until fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating. Mix in the flour and the cashews.
The mixture will be soft and cannot be rolled out. Press the dough into the
pie plate with your finger tips, keeping it as evenly distributed as possible.
Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place foil in the shell
and fill it with dried beans or rice. Bake for 15 minutes; remove the foil and
beans and bake for 5 more minutes. Set aside to cool.