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Cuban Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving Dinner

With the festive season just around the corner, it’s time you start working on your cooking skills. We’re sure you make a mean turkey, but what if we can help you make your Thanksgiving dinners even better with these Cuban recipes?

The Cuban culture is full of vibrancy and life, and their cuisine certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a way to spice things up this upcoming festive season, we suggest trying out the delicious and mouthwatering Cuban recipes we’ve listed below. 

Cuban-Style Picadillo

When it comes to Picadillo, you’ll find a plethora of variations, but no one does it like the Cubans. It’s a simple dish that’ll have your guests and family wanting more.

This savory dish is quite traditional and common in many Cuban homes, but we’re going to let you in on our secret. You can find all the ingredients in your local supermarket, and be sure to pick up some wine to add some extra flavor to the dish and also sip while you slave away in the kitchen. 

You can serve it with onions, garlic, some white rice, fried plantains, and black beans. Use some roasted peppers and ham to garnish your dish, and you’ll be hearing about your flavorful creation all night.

Whole Roasted Pig

Yes, we know Thanksgiving is about carving a roasted turkey and sharing a fun, happy meal with your entire family but who says you can’t switch things up a bit?

Roasted pigs are a huge part of the holiday and special occasions in Cuban families and households. You can purchase a whole pig from either your local supermarket, depending on whether you live near a Cuban area, or you can find a butcher shop that sells a whole pig. 

Be sure to pick a small suckling pig if you’re not planning on inviting a lot of people. Cover your pig in spices and let it roast out in your backyard while you prepare the drinks and desserts. 

Arroz con Leche

While we’re on the topic of desserts, let us introduce you to Arroz con Lecheor Cuban rice pudding. It’s the traditional way to end any festivities in most Cuban households, and now you can whip yourself a bowl too. 

All you need is rice, water, milk, cinnamon, cream, and raisins. Cook the water on low heat for a few minutes, add the cinnamon sticks and rice, letting them cook for a few minutes. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, gradually add milk and keep stirring. 

You can then add condensed milk and cream to make the rice thick and creamier. Lastly, add your raisins, turn off the heat and serve.

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