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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Cuban Wrap



Hello, dear friends.  Have you ever heard of the cuban wrap?  Well, you can really make a wrap with any of your favorite ingredients.  This particular wrap was made from leftovers, which included rice, black beans, roasted pork loin, and plantains.  The hardest ingredient to make here is the fried plantain. Here is the process: buy plantains, the yellow ones with black spots,  place them inside a brown bag and hide them in a dark place for 5 days.  On the 5th day, don't open brown bag, tear a hole and smell plantains, if they do not smell sweet.........Fooled ya!!  I buy them frozen! I find Goya is the best brand for fried plantains; just follow the instructions on the box.  If making many, I prefer to bake them in the oven, if it's the small box, I make them in the microwave.
For black beans recipe go here. If you do not want to make them from scratch, canned will do.
Roasted pork loin, one of my favorites and certainly, the easiest recipe you'll ever make.  I buy a large, lean pork loin, about 7 lb.  Cut loin in half, massage the two halves with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and cumin.  I place it in my slow cooker, pour about 4 cups white dry cooking wine.  Cook on high for 6 hours and go to sleep.  Next day, not the coffee, but the wonderful smell of pork will wake you.  You'll be able to pull the pork with a fork.  First, drink some coffee and then  make a simple mojo (marinade). Slice one large onion in rounds, mince 5 garlic cloves (I mash garlic in a mortar), 3/4 cup olive oil.  In a skillet,  cook at medium high temperature until onion and garlic turn translucent.  Transfer loin to serving dish, (discard the wine that it was cooked with) breaking it in chunks with fork; pour mojo over pork loin and cover with aluminum foil.  You will be eating pork for a week!  How exciting!  You can make infinite recipes with roasted pork, but I do not want to make you tired.
You can certainly make the pork any way that is easier for you.



                                                     Cuban Wrap
                       




Ingredients:                                              Yield: 4 Wraps

4 large plain wraps

1 cup white rice, cooked

2 cups black beans, cooked

1 lb pork loin, cooked

8 pieces sweet plantain, cooked


Directions:

Warm the above ingredients in the microwave, separately. On warmed wraps, equally, distribute the above ingredients .  Cut as desired, in 2 or 4 pieces.

Enjoy!


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