Mi Gringito and I just got back from a trip back home to visit the family. We were only able to be there for a week, but oh what a week it was!!
First off, this was the first time in years that I did not have to ask a flight attendant for a seat belt extender. I was so giddy, I had to take a picture of how much seat belt I had left over once I was secure:
Our first item on our "To Do" was have a good 'ol Cuban breakfast...in Hialeah!
|Cafe con Leche y Una Tostada - Ambrosia & Nectar of the Gods!|
I was on a mission at Cuba Nostalgia, though. I could not leave there without a charm for my bracelet from Santayana Jewelers and a print from Tony Mendoza. I succeeded on my mission and got these:
Yes! A Caja China (right next to my cafetera!)...isn't that the cutest thing ever???
With Tony's art, I was torn. He has so many awesome prints but I only had a few dollars to my name, so I grabbed this one titled "Cafe Amor" and vowed that it would be the first of my collection.
|I vow to make this my first of many of his art!|
There were so many lovely things to see. Mi Gringito especially loved the old baseball uniforms.
Third item: See the new Marlins Stadium.
Thanks to my lovely cousin, Tatertot, we were able to enjoy a Miami Marlins game at the new Marlins Stadium. I have to say that I was impressed with the venue, the food and the new "look". The uniform and colors are growing on me and Mi Gringito had me on a day long journey to find him an orange Hanley Ramirez t-shirt.
|Definitely could not complain about our seats!|
|The food, albeit pricey, was delicious! I am still dreaming about my Shrimp Burger!|
|The home-run board...a little too flamboyant for my taste...|
|Billy the Marlin was shuffling!|
|I got a kick out of the signs in Spanish...|
Once we got home, Mi Gringito couldn't stop raving about the fritas he had eaten in Miami. That's when I mentioned that I had at least three different recipes for fritas in my arsenal. He begged and pleaded for me to make them and make them I did!
I looked at the three recipes I had on hand as well as a handful on the internet and noticed that not one of them was even similar. Some called for onions, some omitted chorizo, some were pork, others ground beef. I decided to just take the information I gathered from my research and make my own version. If they ended up tasting awful, I could always learn from my mistakes and move forward.
Fritas Cubanas con Papitas
- 1/4 C Evaporated Milk
- 1/4 C Bread Crumbs
- 1 1/4 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Onion Flakes
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp Ketchup
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 lb. Ground Pork
- 12 oz Ground Chorizo
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 16 to 18 Round Potato Rolls
- 1 can Potato Sticks
- In a small bowl, mix the evaporated milk, breadcrumbs, paprika, onion flakes, cumin, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and the egg. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground pork, chorizo, salt and pepper.
- Add the seasoning mixture to the meat mixture and blend well. Hands really work best with this step, but you could use a fork if you wanted to.
- Wash your hands frequently, it gets messy.
- The mixture is a bit wet, so you want to cover it and place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set. I left mine in the fridge for about 3 hours and it made it very manageable in the next step.
- Divide the mixture into 16 - 18 equal sized balls. You can make them smaller or bigger, its basically a taste preference in this step. I found that 16 balls became the perfect size for the bread I was using.
- Flatten the balls into patties that are about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil using medium-high heat. Make sure not to crowd your pan and fry the patties approximately 3-5 minutes per side.
- Let patties drain on a napkin while you fry up the remainder of the patties.
- Place a patty on the bottom side of a potato roll then top with loads of Potato sticks and a dollop of ketchup.
So, once I was finished I asked Mi Gringito if mine were as good as the ones he had in Miami. With his mouth full, he responded that they were better! I certainly enjoyed them as well, and let me tell you that they tasted even better the next day cold and right out of the fridge! Move over, cold pizza--there's a new bad boy in town!
I'll let you guys be the judge, though! Buen Provecho! Let me know if you try this out!