Mojo-Marinated Cuban-Style Pork recipe and Cookbook review: Instant Pot Miracle

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Instant Pot Miracle is a super neat Instant Pot book with a huge range of Instant Pot recipes. It’s pretty much one stop shopping. We loved everything we tried. Note that we found the salt measures really light, and generally doubled the salt. You can tailor the sauciness level afterwards by pulling out the meat or whatever and reduce the sauce to your perfect level using the saute button.

We loved the Mojo-Marinated Cuban-Style Pork, so I wanted to share that recipe with you. It marinates for a day before you make it, so be sure to budget the time. The flavors are spot on. Delicious! I served it with rice and sweet plantains.


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Jen’s Cuban Stacks with Melon

Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorite back-pocket recipes. It only takes a few minutes to get it into the oven or grill, and then it cooks really quickly. It’s fabulous for stress-free entertaining or just a regular Monday. It’s really lean meat, lickably delicious, super fragrant, and couldn’t be easier. I got it into the oven post-workout, and let the oven do the work while I showered. Lunch was ready when I was! I made two of them. We had the first for lunch with garlic and dill roasted carrots, and saved the other for lunch the next day. I’ll show you what I did with it!

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Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole

I’ve always adored avocado. My mother-in-law told me that when she was a little girl in Cuba, they loved pairing it in a salad with pineapple. Game changer. In Gran Cocina Latina, she caramelizes the pineapple spears under the broiler. So good! That’s inspired my breakamole this morning. If you have a sweet tooth, this will make your day! Continue reading “Breakfast Guacamole? Oh yeah! Jen’s Pineapple Breakamole”

Jen’s Pastelitos and Picadillo, rich Cuban pastries with a savory meat filling and a sweet crust. Mmmmmmm.

Shortly after my husband and I started dating, his mom wanted to take me to Union City, New Jersey, lovingly referred to as Little Cuba. It’s such a cool little town. The streets are lined with dress shops, linen men’s shirts, and cafeterias and cafes where you can get rice and beans, Cuban sandwiches, little cups of espresso, and glorious fruity shakes. But my favorite is Chica’s Bakery, where I was introduced to the pastelito. They are rich little pastries with a savory meat filling (or fruit and cheese), and the top is crusted in sweetness. I was in love. His family ordered them for all the holidays, and they were the first thing to disappear, with good reason!

My husband and I moved to upstate New York a few years later. We weren’t too far up, still a stretch commute into Manhattan, but up there. I remember calling my mother-in-law when I was pregnant with our youngest, begging her to drive up with pastelitos. She did! I had to figure out how to make them myself! I experimented in my kitchen until I came up with pastelitos that we absolutely adore. I’ve been making them for years now.

These have been my little one’s favorite food since she was tiny. She decided that today was the day I was going to teach her how to make them, so you can see in the photos that they’re doable the first time out! πŸ™‚

The recipe below is for my decadent holiday pastelitos. It makes enough filling for two recipes. I give a variation for a lighter version for everyday weeknight dinners at the end. I hope you love them, too! If you do, come find me again! πŸ™‚


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