1 hr 15 mins
Pinaygourmet #345142's Note:
We do not know whether or not this dish is originally from Cuba. We can only assume that this dish was introduced to the Philippines by the Spaniards. “Arroz” means rice. Arroz a la Cubana is basically a stew using ground beef instead of chunks, and served with fried egg (sunny side up!), slices of fried saba bananas and steamed or boiled rice. Saba banana has thick yellow-brownish skin and is never eaten raw. It can be boiled or steamed in its skin, peeling it just before eating. This humble banana can be transformed to a numberof simple yet amazing and nutritious desserts. For your convenience, use plantain similar to one used in Carribean cuisine. Serve with plain boiled rice.
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- 1/2 kg ground beef (use sirloin or top round)
- 3 carrots, cut in small cubes
- 3 potatoes, cut in small cubes
- 1/2 cup peas
- 2 small bell peppers, cut in thin strips (red and green bell peppers make the dish look festive)
- 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- finely chopped fresh parsley, to taste
- 1 pinch basil
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- 6 eggs, fried sunny-side-up
- 4 large plantains, each sliced diagonally into 3, fried
- 1Heat a heavy skillet. Add 1/4 cup of cooking oil. Heat to smoking point. Add the cubed potatoes and carrots. Stir-fry until the edges turn light brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- 2Pour off the oil from the skillet. Add ground beef, breaking it up. Lightly season with salt and pepper, add soy sauce. Cook over high heat until the meat is no longer pink.
- 3Add the garlic, chopped onions, bell peppers and raisins, if using. Cook, stirring, just until the vegetables start to soften. Add bay leaf.
- 4Add the tomato sauce. Stir to blend well. Add peas. Stir and cook then add in the stir-fried carrots and potatoes. Simmer to absorb the sauce. Add the basil and parsley. Give it one last stir then turn off the heat. Remove bay leaf.
- 5Serve with rice, an egg and fried bananas on the side.
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Nutritional Facts for Arroz a La Cubana
Serving Size: 1 (586 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 714.6
- Calories from Fat 308
- Total Fat 34.2 g
- Saturated Fat 8.8 g
- Cholesterol 268.1 mg
- Sodium 711.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 78.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
- Sugars 29.4 g
- Protein 28.8 g