Three Guys From Miami: Cuban and Spanish Food Recipes

Jorge Castillo: There have been many influences on Cuban cuisine and Cuban culture.

Glenn Lindgren: These include Spanish, of course, but also African, indigenous natives, French, and Haitian.

Jorge Castillo: Many people forget the strong influence of Cuba's neighbor to the North, the United States.

Glenn Lindgren: The American influence has been evident throughout Cuba's history, with the peak in the 1950s. American culture brought to Cuba cakes, and queso americano, and pan molde (American white bread), and SPAM -- just to name a few.

Raúl Musibay: Another popular import was the Vienna sausage, the wieners in a can that you have probably eaten at parties.

Glenn Lindgren: The Cubans took this American favorite and gave it a delicious twist with rice. I've never been a big fan of those little cocktail weenies, but this dish is very good! You'll be surprised how good a Vienna sausage can taste!

Cuban Arroz con Salchichas - Rice with Vienna Sausage


Arroz con Salchicha Viena -- Rice with Vienna Sausage

By Three Guys From Miami



Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 8-10 servings

Rice with Vienna Sausages -- sounds strange, but is as Cuban a dish as you will ever find!

INGREDIENTS:

2 large green peppers
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 small roma tomatoes chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil for frying (some also use lard)
4 cups rice
3 cups ham broth
1 cup white wine
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon Bijol Powder
5 cans Vienna sausage links, sliced in half
green and black pitted olives (optional)
Sauté the green peppers and onion in olive oil or lard until limp.

Add the garlic cloves and fry an additional minute or two. Add the chopped tomatoes and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Place this vegetable mixture into a large covered pan.

Add the rice, ham broth, tomato sauce, wine, and sausage links. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer until the rice is cooked, approximately 20-30 minutes.




Special thanks to Jorge Gerena (and his mom) of Newark, NJ for helping us refine this recipe.

This recipe and editorial content from the book: "Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban." Copyright ©2006 All Rights Reserved.

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