Arroz a la Cubana

Wikipedia says that Arroz a la cubana, means Cuban-style rice. Maybe the Philippines version came from our Spanish ancestors. The Philippine version consists of rice; ground beef sauteed with onions, garlic, tomato sauce, diced potatoes and diced carrots; a fried egg and a native plantain (saba), sliced length-wise and fried. I love dishes with anything that contains “saba” so here is a simple recipe I want to share with you.

1/2 cup ground pork
1/2 cup ground beef
1/4 cup raisins
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup onion , sliced
1/3 cup tomatoes, sliced
4 saba bananas
salt and pepper to taste
cooked rice

1. Saute garlic in oil. Add onions, tomatoes, and when soft, add the ground pork and ground beef.

2. Cook covered until meats are done.

3. Add raisins and cook a while longer. Season to taste.

4. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise. Fry in a little cooking oil.

5. Arrange hot rice on individual platters and spoon meat mixture on top.

6. Arrange fried bananas around rice. Just before serving, fry eggs and top dish with one egg.

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