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Empanadas

Empanadas

Follow the link to learn how to make an empanada. An empanada is a popular pastry throughout the latin world. It is near impossible to go to a Cuban restaraunt, or any latin restaraunt, without finding empanadas on the menu. Empanada comes from the spanish word empanar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. These pastry pockets can be filled with anything from beef to seafood to vegetables to chicken. It depends on the cooks' taste. Empanadas are served as appetizers, or entrees, and are perfect for any Cuban fiesta.

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Arepas

Arepas

Although Arepas are originally a predominately Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine, the arepa is now served in Cuban cafes across the country. Arepas are particular popular in Miami, where Spanish and Latin American cultures merge. Arepas were originally cooked in Venezuela because maize flour, what the original arepa was made of, was easy to grow by natives in small villages. Arepas are a yummy addition to any cuban fiesta.

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Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo means chicken and rice in English.The dish was originally brought to Cuba in the 16th century when the Spanish colonized the island. Arroz con Pollo is popular because it is cheap to make, and has a very unique flavor. Cuban Arroz con Pollo usually includes tomato and garlic.

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Croquetas

Croquetas

Croquetas are miniature tapas, or appetizers, that originated in Spain. Originally croquetas were made using left-overs, and have since become popular because of their bite-size portability. Croquetas are almost always seen at Latin American parties as appetizers and will be a welcome addition to your Cuban fiests.

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Flan

Flan

Flan is well-known as a tasy and sugary treat. Although Flan is usually considered a Latin American dish, it originated back in Ancient Rome. Flan is derived from an old French word, flaon, meaning custard. Now, there are several different types of desserts known as 'flan', and the delectable treat is different everywhere you go. This recipe follows the Cuban style of flan, which traditonally has more sugar in it. After all, one of Cuba's main agricultural product is sugarcane. Your guests will be sure to love this sweet treat.

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Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche is possibly one of the most simple desserts you can make. It is quite easy to prepare, and is known as a comfort food in Cuba. Despite its simplicity, Arroz con Leche, is a fulfilling and delectable treat. Arroz con Leche is traced back to several different Latin American countries, and is claimed to have originated from several different areas. This leads many people to believe that the recipe was passed down by Spaniards during their colonization of Latin American countries. Nevertheless, Arroz con Leche is a stable among the Cuban culture, and therefore is an excellent addition to any Cuban fiesta.

Background information recieved from Answers.com, La Paella, Three Guys From Miami and Gourmet Sleuth.