This is one of my favorite seasonal salads like in late spring and summer. I have been known to vary the fruits like adding strawberries for color. The sweet and savory taste from the tomatoes in Tonita’s Sweet Vine Cuban Sauce frame the avocado like a masterpiece. It is always a great way to use up any leftover sauce and homerun at parties and summer meals.
These round crisp plantains are a traditional dish and snack. They are a favorite among everyone and especially children, who can have fun flattening the tostones while they are warm with the palms of their hands before eating them. Tostones are a favorite side dish and they go with everything! Great as appetizers and served with Tonita’s spicy or mild Cuban Sauce.
This simple meal is full of nutrition in one dish. You are getting your vegetables and it’s quick to make because the sauce is already prepared. When my Auntie Retta, nickname for Loretta, would make this dish, she would have to make the sofrito, the spicy Cuban sauce, but she usually made extra and it kept for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it until the next Cuban dish.
This recipe was created using flour tortillas because of the smooth taste of how the enchilada melts in your mouth after each bite. I always enjoyed eating the neighbor’s enchiladas on special occasions ,so I decided to create my own style of using Tonita’s Sweet Vine Cuban Sauce.
The term Creole shows up whenever the cultures of Indigenous populations, Africans and Spanish/French conquistadors come together, as they did in the Caribbean, parts of Louisiana and Latin America.
From this simple recipe come a lot of dishes that are used in my house. It is the base for Cuban Black Bean Soup and the favorite “Moors and Christians” dish.