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Long winter coats, thick gloves, scarves wrapped around your face- the chilly winter has set in, which means only one thing- the countdown to warmer days. Even if spring is far away, winter is a time for vacationing to warmer destinations. If travel isn’t in the cards for you this season, warm up with some delicious foods from tropical climates! Puerto Rico is a great vacation destination but if you can’t make it there this year, then bring the vacation to your kitchen! Come on a flavor adventure with us to learn more about the delicious food from Puerto Rico!
The Foundation of Puerto Rican Cooking: Staple Ingredients
Easy Puerto-Rican Style Sofrito
Maggie from Home Sweet Jones shares her delicious take on this staple sauce. Made from blending cilantro, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and pepper, this flavor packed sauce brings a little tropical flair to meat dishes, rice, and soups!
For a delicious alternative to potato chips, try plantains! Sam from The Culinary Compass shares her easy recipe for plantains. With only 3 ingredients this simple but amazing snacks comes together in no time!
Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix
Gina from Skinny Taste shares her easy spice blend mix inspired from Latin cooking. She combines coriander, cumin, ground annatto seeds, garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper to create a spice mix that is incredibly versatile. Shake some up to keep in your spice drawer!
Slow Cooked and Roasted Pork Shoulder
Pork is a staple in tropical cuisine, so why not learn another fabulous recipe? Vanessa from Smart Little Cookie shares a mouthwatering recipe that is a must make. While taking time to develop flavor, this pork is worth it. Serve up with rice and tostones for a complete meal!
Arroz con Gandules- Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas
A staple in the native cuisine, Tina from Fusion Craftiness shares this hearty and delicious side that can be found almost all over the country. To add extra flavor, sofrito is mixed in with the rice. Make this great side to compliment any meat or fish main!
Pan de Mallorca (Puerto Rican Sweet Rolls)
Tara from Tara’s Multicultural Table shares a sweet treat. This sweet bread can be found in many bakery. Made with a simple dough and topped with powdered sugar, this bread is great to have for breakfast if craving something sweet!
Recipes You Should Know
No quite your beloved lasagna dish, but this take on lasagna is a great twist. Imma from Immaculate Bites shares this recipe that uses plantains in the lasagna in replacement of pasta. Check out this tropical twist!
Sancocho (Puerto Rican Beef Stew)
Looking for a great stew recipe? Then check out this traditional on that Meseidy from The Noshery shares! Filled with hearty beef, yucca, sweet potato, plantains, butternut squash, and corn, this is the perfect stew to fill you up and warm you on chilly night! Check out this tropical inspired stew!
Puerto Rican Chicken Stew
Anetta from The Wanderlust Kitchen shares a great tradition stew recipe that you should add to your dinner rotation! Filled with chicken, peppers, and rice, this delicious stew has everything you need in one pot!