Today's international segment is Cuba!  Cuban food is not at all fancy.  It is easy to prepare and "simply" delicious!  Here are two, classic Cuban side dishes that you will likely see on every table.  Yuca con Mojo and Maduros. 

AIMEE'S YUCA CON MOJO

My "adopted Cuban Mom" taught me how to prepare Cuban food. Yuca is a root vegetable that tastes a bit boring until you dress it up with the mojo!

  • 1 bag of frozen yuca (or you may certainly use fresh; peeled and cut)
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced and "smashed"
  • juice of two limes

Boil yuca in a pot of boiling water for 30 minutes.  (I used frozen yuca).  Drain Yuca and return to pot.  For the Mojo: Place 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil in a medium sized skillet.  Next, 4 cloves of garlic sliced and some "smushed" as this is how my "Mama Alicia" taught me to make the mojo.  Sautee garlic and then add the juice of two limes, stir and pour mojo on top of yuca.  

AIMEE'S MADUROS

  • 3 ripe plantains (very ripe - black or covered in black spots)
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying

In a large cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, heat the oil.  (You will want about 1/2 inch of oil for frying).  ("Mama Alicia" showed me that a droplet of water will make the oil sizzle ... you know you are ready now!)  Peel the plantains and cut into large slices, cut on the diagonal.  (About an inch or so thick).  Add the slices to the oil, and cook for one minute on each side.  Turn the heat to low, and continue to cook until the plantains are caramelized in color.  Now you have maduros!