When you are in Vegas and you want to grab a bite to eat and maybe even dance, check out the Florida Cafe Cuban Bar and Grill. From the outside, it is not much to look at and in the inside isn’t modern but the food is worth raving about. My dining partner and I order classic Cuban menu items like the Cubano sandwich and Ropa Vieja. The Cuban Sandwich is sort of like a Panini and it comes with plantain chips. I had the shredded chicken style of Ropa Vieja with Cristianos y moros as my side dish.
Both of our meals were satisfying. I also order the Cuban. If you don’t know what that is then expect a small expresso type size cup of coffee. It was strong enough to keep me going and the flavor, “Que Rico.”
Wikipedia-Platillo Moros y Cristianos (or simply moros, moro, congri, or arroz moro) is a famous Cuban dish. It can be considered the Cuban version of rice and beans, a dish found throughout the Caribbean and in Brazil.
Moro y cristianos means “Moors and Christians”. “Moors” refers to the black beans, and “Christians” to the rice. The name of the dish is likely a reference by early Cuban settlers to the Islamic Conquest of Spain (early 8th century) and subsequent Reconquista (15th c.) which both had a profound effect on the Spanish culture and language.
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2 lbs pork rind or skin [trim most of the fat and discard]
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
Cooking oil for deep fat frying
Cut pork rind into 2-inch squares. sprinkle with salt, spread on cookie sheet in one layer and bake in a 250 F oven for 3 hours.
Cool and set aside in covered jars until ready to use. When needed, pour oil to about 1/3 the depth of the pan. Heat 5-8 minutes on medium high heat. Fry pork rinds until they puff up [about 3-5 minutes].
Drain and serve with a dipping sauce which is a mixture of 2 Tbsps vinegar, 1/8 tsp salt and 1 clove crushed garlic. [Dash of black pepper optional.]
See More great Cuban Recipes at: http://www.tasteofcuba.com/chicharrones.html