If y’all remember, I recently went to Austin, TX to visit my Dad – During the visit we tried an amazing Cuban joint called Habana.. It was sooo amazing. Since then, I’ve really been craving another Cuban Sandwich.. So I looked online but didn’t see a SINGLE paleo cuban sandwich – So I called the restaurant and asked how they made their plantain bun. The woman was so sweet and incredibly helpful! So here it is – My creation of the paleo cuban sandwich recipe!! It is INCREDIBLE if I do say so myself ;)
Paleo Cuban Sandwich
There actually isn’t too much to the sandwich itself but more-so the paleo plantain (plantano) bun. Begin with a plantain by cutting it in half lengthwise and remove from peel.
In a pan heat quite a bit of oil on medium (coconut or olive are both great!) and carefully set the plantains on one side and let it sit til it’s a dark yellow then flip. Once both sides are a dark yellow and the plantain is softer move to cutting board, line the bottom of a small pan in foil and spray then squish the plantain until it’s flat-ish.
Place back into pan and cook each side for another 2 minutes, then remove. Place on plate to allow to cool and harden. Your buns are ready!
Grab some ham, roast beef (It usually calls for pork but I didn’t have any ready! And the roast beef was really delicious!), pickles and mustard! Throw them all together and it makes a very filling and delicious sandwich!!
Yuca Fries / Yucas Fritas
I had no clue what a yuca root was until I ate it and I get tired of sweet potatoes frequently so it was really nice to have a little change of pace! I grabbed two, they’re HUGE and weird looking, haha.. And they are a little more time consuming but it’s well worth it!
You start with removing the skin (You definitely need to do this and ensure all of the waxy bits are shaved as yuca root skin contains linamarin that when eaten turns into cyanide in our bodies! Scary, but worth it ;)) and once done you begin to cut them into fry shapes. Once completed, throw them into a pot, add water and bring it to a boil. Once it boils leave them in there for 10 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 450* and get a large oiled pan ready for the fries. Once they have boiled for 10 minutes, strain them and run through cold water. Pour the fries into a bowl, toss in oil, salt, pepper and chili powder; Once covered throw on pan, place in the heated oven and cook for 15 minutes. Once done, remove, flip the fries and place in for another 15 minutes.
Then they’re done!! And delicious!!
This makes me want to look at other cuban recipes to see what else I can turn paleo – Because MAN the Cubans know how to cook!! More to come, so stay tuned!