This past week my friend Michelle Toro Seyfarth, made a Cuban dinner for a large group of friends at Birch Lake. It was delicious! Her parents came in from Florida that day to help with the final preparations. It was fabulous! I tried to duplicate this amazing Thanksgiving-like dinner, but I need some practice and fine tuning before publishing those recipes.
I did publish the Guacamole! *
The star of the Cuban dinner was the Lechon. A fresh pork leg that is injected with Goya Mojo Crillo Marinade and roasted. Since Birch Lake is in the middle of pork country, I thought this would be a good place to try this. Next time I will remember: Perfect the gravy, slice the meat very thin and layer some pan drippings over the sliced meat over night 🙂 Also do not add too much oregano. I used a very authentic Mexican dried oregano from the Hispanic store. Wow!
Another wonderful discovery through the process were the Hispanic grocery stores in Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana. I purchased the frozen Goya Baked Ripe (whole, sweet) Plantains. Definitely will be serving those again! Just heat them in the microwave and presto! Delicioso!
Also the Taqueria attached to the grocery store in Elkhart was fantastic! Taqueria is a taco/burrito restaurant. Here is my $5 lunch which also included a cold glass of Horchata, a Hispanic rice milk drink.
Michelle’s Cuban Dinner Menu:
Lechon (fresh pork marinated in Goya Mojo Crillo Marinade and baked)
Black Beans and White Rice
Goya Frozen Baked Ripe Plantains
Avocado and Tomato Salad