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Sample recipes from Miami Spice

Arepas  

Arepas are a popular Colombian snack, a cross between polenta, pancakes, and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Thanks to Miami's large Colombia...

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Basic Tamales

When our friend, Elida Proenza, makes tamales, she scours Cuban markets for fresh ears of starchy yellow corn. White corn, she claims, is...

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Chicken Sofrito Filling

This is the classic Cuban filling for a tamal. The cachucha is an aromatic, but not particularly piquant chili shaped like a miniature pa...

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Curried Shrimp Filling

This filling was inspired by the curried shrimp mixtures found in Bajan and Trinidadian rotis. A roti is a cross between a sandwich and a...

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Sweet Corn Filling

This filling takes its inspiration from the dessert tamales served in the American Southwest. When cooking these sweet corn tamales, omit...

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Shrimp with Rum and Mint

This dish could be thought of as the Floridian version of that Italo-American favorite, shrimp scampi. When available, I use “pink golds,...

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Tostones with Herbed Salt

The third of the popular Caribbean plantain trio, tostones are fried, mashed, green plantains. Frying the tostones in olive oil gives the...

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Boniato Gratin

The name boniato (a Cuban sweet potato) comes from the Spanish word for “good” or “harmless.” The early explorers of the Caribbean encoun...

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Chicken Stock

This is an all-purpose stock suited to a wide variety of soups, stews, casseroles, and sauces. To make dark stock, roast the bones and ve...

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Coconut Rice

Coconut milk and ginger give this rice a Caribbean accent. Make your own fresh coconut milk, or if in a pinch, you could use canned cocon...

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Coconut Milk

Coconut milk isn’t the clear liquid in the center of a coconut, as is commonly but erroneously stated. That liquid is coconut water. The...

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Bouquet Garni

Bouquet garni is an herb bundle used to flavor soups, stews, and stock. A traditional French bouquet garni contains bay leaf, thyme, and ...

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