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Merienda Mondays: Arroz à la Cubano Sandwich

3 weeks ago

Celebrate your love for food by making this dish that takes a spin on this classic Filipino favorite! 

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Classic Arroz à la Cubana

Makes 6-8 servings

2-3 Tbsps Vegetable oil

4 cloves Garlic, minced

1 Onion, diced

1 Medium tomato, diced

1 kilo Ground beef

3 Tbsps Tomato paste

2 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsps Soy sauce

1/2 cup Raisins

1 cup Frozen green peas

*Salt and pepper, to taste

Serve with:

*Steamed rice

*Fried saba bananas

*Fried eggs

  1. Heat oil in a large pan with high sides over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, and tomato until soft. Add the ground beef and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, raisins, and green peas. Stir and then cover the pan. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the liquid evaporates. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange in individual plates and serve with steamed rice, fried bananas, and fried egg.

Arroz à la Cubano Sandwich

Makes 4 servings

Arroz à la Cubana, divided into four 1-cup servings

4 Tbsps Mayonnaise, divided

2 Tbsps Yellow mustard, divided

1 loaf French bread, quartered and sliced in half

8 Deli-style ham

4 Saba bananas, sliced lengthwise and fried

8 Swiss or mozzarella cheese

Fried egg, to serve

Spread mayonnaise and mustard on one side of the bread.

  1. Arrange 2 pieces of ham, 2 pieces of fried banana, and Arroz à la Cubana filling on each bread and top with 2 slices of preferred cheese.
  2. Toast or grill on both sides until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with fried egg on the side.
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