Saturday, July 19, 2008
This is a quick ,HEALTHY, Cuban vegetable side dish.
- Make "Mojo de Ajo" while the cabbage steams here is the link:
-1 whole Cabbage cut into 4, 6, or 7 large segments (I cut it into 4 pieces because we love huge servings of this in my house)
-A little water enough to cover 1-2 inches of cabbage
(1)Cut cabbage in half directly from the hard stem, then cut those halves in half (make sure they all have the hard stem so it can hold it's shape) you may cut those halves in half if you want smaller servings.
(2)Re-arrange cabbage in pot like a puzzle, add water enough to cover 1-2 inches of cabbage.
(3)Cover and bring to a boil on high, then lower to medium low for about 20-30 minutes
(4)When cabbage is done, arrange each slice one by one make sure you individually smother each chunk with mojo de ajo.
(5)Serve with large bowl of Mojo de Ajo on the tabel for those that want to smother more on it.
-salt to taste (essential)
-water (enough to cover meat 1 inch or a little more)
-1-2 bay leaves (optional but I love it)
-1/2 Onion (optional)
-1/2 tsp. black pepper
-1/4-1/2 cup sliced black olives or spanish olives stuffed with Pimientos (optional)
-2 tablespoons capers (optional)
Directions for boiling meat:
I ate my Ropa Vieja with some Rice to soak sauce and a large serving of "Col Con Mojo" (steamed cabbage smothered in Mojo de Ajo a type of garlic lime sauce)
On a busy day with no time to cook sometimes we just fry eggs and eat with rice and nothing else. It's quick and filling.
Usually Cubans eat very light breakfasts consisting of butter and sugar spread on cuban bread with "Cafe Con Leche" (a shot of cuban coffee diluted in a glass of hot milk). Sometimes it is just a sweet pastry "Pastelito de Guayaba Con Queso" (Guava and Cheese Strudel) with a "Cafe Con Leche"
On occasions with more time sometimes a "Tortilla Cubana o Española" is made. Which is like a really dense, large (the size of the pan your frying it in), egg cake similar to Frittata but very thick and dense, fried in oil. Kind of like a open faced omelette? What we love about "Tortilla" is that it is perfect for any time Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, late night indulgence whatever and it can stand alone with no side dishes.
Ingredients for 1 serving:
-1 cup cooked white rice (or more)
-1 russet potato or 2 small brown potatoes (depends how much potatos you wanna eat)
-salt to taste
-oil to deep-fry or pan fry (I use Canola Oil it has a high-smoking point, clean taste, and doesnt get absorbed as easily plus it's considered heart healthy of course I have been tempted to use LARD I'll try it next time it might give a unique rich taste to the dish)
(1)Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat (enough oil to submerge cubed potatoes)
(2) Peeled potatoes, cut in half, then lay flat cut in 3 long segments then cut across into cubes. Put them in cold water in a bowl
(3)Drain potatoes and carefully with a large spoon or something put them in the hot oil (the reason I wet the potatoes first is so that they become really crispy but you need to be careful because they will jump a bit so don't dump it with your hands)
(4)Fry potatoes for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown, after like 5-8 minutes you may need to flip them around so other sides can brown nicely. Set potatoes aside in a plate with a towel to drain and sprinkle them with salt to taste.
(5)Heat rice in microwave or have fresh rice thats hot from rice cooker. If using 1 day old rice sprinkle rice with some water, cover well and put in microwave for 2 minutes on high to get it really hot. Have hot plate of rice ready for you this is important.
(6)In same oil you fried potatoes, add 2 cracked eggs whole and deep-fry it will cook quickly, you want them over easy, so the yolk is nice and kinda runny to wet your rice or dip your potatoes..
(7)When done scoop out, put over rice, sprinkle with salt, serve potatoes on the side and eat while hot because yolk will firm up after a while. We love to break the yolk with a fork and mix it all up the the rice. YUM!
PLEASE NOTE AGAIN! YOU CAN EAT THIS WITHOUT THE FRIED POTATOES, YOU CAN LIGHTLY FRY RIPE PLANTAINS AND HAVE THOSE INSTEAD OF POTATOES. YOU CAN EAT WITH WHATEVER YOU WANT ON THE SIDE