So I had to do a mid-week food post because tonight’s dinner was just THAT good! I recently rediscovered my love of the website Skinnytaste thanks to a friend who shared several of the Skinnytaste recipes on her Facebook page this past weekend. I wish I could say that I did something totally earth-shattering and unique but nope, I just follow recipes really well!
I used these three recipes: Cuban Picadillo for the empanada filling (I left out the alcaparrado because we’re not big olive fans), Baked Empandas, and “Fried” Plantains! This was a surprisingly easy recipe to throw together quickly on a weeknight and it’s definitely something we’ll make again. The only thing I’d change would be to salt and season the meat a little heavier. Since we left out the olives and brine we probably lost some flavor there but I think even upping the cumin, salt, and garlic would make a big difference.
I’ve also never done anything with plantains before and they were fun to make. I don’t own a traditional press so I just used the bottom of a bowl and it worked just fine. I also mixed up an easy dipping sauce by mixing 1/2 cup of sour cream with 2 teaspoons of fresh lime juice and a sprinkling of onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper. I also added a little grated lime zest for an extra pop. And I totally cheated on the rice and beans…just used the Goya boxed mix! Next time I’ll try making it from scratch as well! I highly recommend checking out the Skinnytaste website. She has a ton of interesting and unique recipes! Tomorrow I’m making her slow-cooker french dip sandwiches with caramelized onions!