Cuba has a grand culinary culture. In addition to the Spanish influences, Cuban food also carries the Caribbean and African culinary traditions in terms of using chocolate, coconut, honey, and annatto seeds and others as spices.
Traditional Cuban food includes both Empanadas and Pastelitos. Now let us look at some of the must-eat Cuban food, one by one.
• Cuban Picadillo: This Cuban hash carries has ground pork, as well as ground beef. It is a home-style dish and easy to cook. Serve it with rice for a delicious lunch. The dish woos the diner for its flavor and texture that is built by adding green olives, capers, and raisins copiously.
• Arroz Con Pollo de Perez-Puelles: It is a semi-dry chicken dish with the fragrance of the saffron, chicken, and rice are irresistible and white wine is also used as one of the ingredients.
• Ropa Vieja: It is made with beef, accented with olives and capers. The shredded beef and other stiff present themselves as a bunch of colored rags. As one of the most popular dishes in Cuba, it is also called one of the designated national dishes.
• Carne Con Papas: This variant of Spanish picadillo, is a delicious beef stew with plenty of potatoes. Unlike the original picadillo, here the ground meat has been replaced by chunks of beef. The sauce is also rich in raisins, olives, capers, and peppers in addition to the traditional sauce sofrito.
• Cubano: This sandwich is a variation of grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich and the great taste owes to the ham, pork, Cuban bread, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, and sometimes salami.
• Bacon Guava Cream Cheese Bites: It is stuffed full with cream cheese and sweet tropical guava paste with the result of the flaky puff pastry renders a powerful delicious filling.
• Batido de Mamey: This milkshake is unforgettable and has all the Cuban imprint. Mamey sapote is a salmon-colored sweet, tropical fruit native to the Caribbean islands with a distinct flavor.
• Torticas: Torticas de Morón (Cuban Sugar Cookies with Lime Zest) is seasoned with lime zest from the city of Morón in the Ciego de Ávila province in Central Cuba with a shortbread-like texture.
• Cuban Majo Marinated Pork: Cuban Style Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans is loved for its citrusy flavor and taste.
Other notable Cuban food includes the following.
• Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice)
• Boliche (stuffed pot roast)
• Cocido de garbanzos (chickpea stew)
• Congri (red beans and rice)
• Huevos habaneros (eggs with tomatoes and peppers)
• La Caldosa (Chicken soup)
• Pan con Bistec (steak sandwich)
Overall, Cuban food has at least one protein source which can be fish, seafood, pork, chicken, and beef. Other accompaniments include salads, beans, fried plantains, and rice.