Today we are going to cook a delicious dish: Cuban style rice . A very popular recipe with very simple ingredients such as: white rice , egg and banana.
It is served hot and is usually eaten as a single dish, you can find variants of the dish where they remove the banana to include Frankfurt-type sausage and include tomato sauce. Another well-known variant is to add canned tuna with tomato sauce and a fried egg.
Surely there are many more variants, all of them really delicious. You will see that in the recipe for Cuban-style rice that I present to you I have not incorporated tomato sauce and the reason is simple, the mixture of flavors: rice, banana and egg together is delicious, you do not need more. Anyway if you like it, you can incorporate it.
Cuba style rice
- 250 g round rice
- 3 eggs (one per diner)
- 3 bananas (one per diner)
- 40 g unsalted butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- Water to cook the rice
How to make Cuban rice
Wash the rice under running water and pour it into a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with plenty of water so that the rice cooks well and a little salt. We put on medium heat until it is at its point (the time it should be cooking is indicated by the rice package itself).
When the rice is ready, remove from heat and drain.
Peel the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise. Heat butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter or margarine is melted, add the bananas and brown them on both sides. Remove from the pan and let drain on absorbent paper.
In the same pan that we have browned the bananas, we are going to fry the eggs. Add a little salt to each egg. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and fry the eggs until they are just right (the yolk should be liquid). Once they are ready, we remove them from the pan and reserve.
We distribute the rice in molds pressing lightly with the spoon so that it takes shape and we serve together with the banana and the fried egg.
Enjoy this dish mixing all the ingredients. We hope you like it.
The origin of the Cuban rice recipe
Why it is called Cuban-style rice is a mystery as great as the names of Russian salad or Russian steaks , because this rice does not come from Cuba, or at least known by that name. It seems to be of Spanish origin, specifically from the Canary Islands, in the days of Colonial Cuba, where it could have been imported.
In the Canary Islands it is a very typical dish, although it seems that in the Canary Islands rice goes with tomato and in Cuba it goes without fried tomato.
So now you know, if you go to Cuba, instead of “Cuban-style rice” it is better that you ask for “white rice with fried eggs and ripe plantain”, because they will understand you better. Be that as it may, the truth is that this rice recipe deserves a place of honor in our recipe book of homemade, quick and easy meals, because the most important thing is that it never fails with children.
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