Chances are – unless you’re Bey and Jay – if you live in the U.S., travel to Cuba isn’t on your agenda and hasn’t been for quite some time. Although travel restrictions have been eased in recent years, it is still difficult to get to Cuba for most people. As a result, you’ll have to rely on your palette and kitchen to get you in the tropical mindset.
Cuban food has a wide variety of cultural influences, the University of Miami explains, including African, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish cuisines. Basic spices like onion, oregano, and garlic season food that is cooked for a long time over a low heat. Sofrito plays an important role in flavoring dishes, as do citrus juices. Keep that in mind as you check out the following nine recipes, which bring a bit of Cuba to America for Americans who can’t get to Cuba.
1. Café Cubano
Your day will get a jolt of energy when you start if toff by drinking a Café Cubano, or Cuban coffee. You’ll need an espresso maker to make Food & Wine‘s Cubano, but if you don’t have one and are still curious, see if your local coffee shop will whip one up for you.
- ground espresso
- ¼ cup sugar
Directions: Prepare a six-serving stove-top espresso maker according to manufacturer’s directions and brew a pot of espresso. Put the sugar in a large glass measuring cup and add 1 tablespoon of the hot espresso. Using a small whisk, beat the sugar with the espresso until pale and thick and nearly dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining hot espresso. Let the foam rise to the top, then pour into espresso cups and serve immediately.