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Veg dishes to accompany a Cuban dinner?

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rexmo Dec 22, 2006 01:07 PM

Planning to do lechon asado, ropa viejo, Cuban bread, Cuban sandwiches, boiled and/or fried yuca, tostones, black beans.

Seems like the Cuban restaurants I've been in haven't put much green on the plate, other than a salad. Ideas for vegetable dishes to accompany?

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    Jeda RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 01:56 PM

    Haha, that's because there's not much in the way of "authentic" cuban green veg. You could do a salad with avocado, tomato, thinly sliced red onion, and a garlicky mojo-inspired salad dressing (sour orange juice, lime)... that would be a nice and refreshing side. Beyond that.... you're going to have to be in the "Cuban-inspired" realm... perhaps roasted or grilled vegetables in a garlicky sauce? collard green with lime zest?

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      guabiroba RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 02:00 PM

      buy some chayotes, quater it, steam it, peel it and remove the seed,cut in 1 in pcs., mk a salad w/ chopped green onions, lemon juice, olive oil etc., very authentic

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        Nyleve RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 02:12 PM

        I recently did a very very vaguely Cuban meal and ended up serving Moros y Christianos - basically just black beans and rice. It went well with everything else. And I agree - a simple green salad with a mojo-flavoured dressing would be perfect.

        1. jen kalb RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 02:17 PM

          plantains are a common side, but starchy.
          Something like collards or kale with a little bite would be good with this meal. Also, I agreem a fresh tasting salad

          You need rice with those beans!

          1. rhnault RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 02:54 PM

            I would say some nice fresh green beans sauteed in good olive oil with lots of fresh garlic, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper would be good. Here in Tampa a lot of the Cuban places have green beans, though they are cooked to death.

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              Smokey RE: rexmo Dec 22, 2006 05:02 PM

              On my trip to Cuba, I don't recall ever being served a green vegetable. Salds (usually with toms) accompanied most everything, but veggie sides as we think of them, no. I like the mojo flavored dressing idea.

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