I’m on vacation visiting family in Florida. No, I am not here for the Super Bowl. Football is not my passion but delicious ethnic fare is.
One thing we don’t get too much of in the desert is Puerto Rican or Cuban cuisine.
My brother who is a marvelous cook made me Cuban Sloppy Joes, Plantain Chips, and Mojo (mo-ho) Sauce. And many thanks to Rachel Ray who made it look so easy.
We grew up eating sloppy joes on white hamburger buns. Mom usually made french fries to go with it. They always tasted better the next day providing there was any leftover. Hence, sloppy joes is one of my favorite childhood foods and this recipe takes that memory and combines it with one of my favorite cuisines.
Rachel Ray moves it up a notch (sorry Emeril) by drizzling a garlicky-cumin sauce (Mojo) over the sandwich and plantain fries. The Cuban sloppy joes was served on a Cuban baguette with kosher dill pickle spears on the bun. The pickles added a nice crunch.
In Florida he was able to buy the plantains frozen in the grocery store (Publix) freezer uner the “ethnic” section. That wouldn’t fly in Arizona but in Florida it does. The plantains (banana) were then sauteed in some oil.
This recipe would easily be doubled for a crowd and served with beer or rustic red wine.