Thursday, December 13, 2012

Papas Asadas - Easy Cuban Roasted Potatoes

If I didn't already love a Cuban sandwich, when I saw this recipe for Butterflied Cuban Style Pork Chop from Bobby Flay I probably would have thought the man "done lost his mind". 
easy cuban roasted potatoes, Cubano pork chops

It's basically a Cuban without the bread.  It's a butterflied pork chop, stuffed with Swiss cheese, ham, and pickles.  It is an admittedly weird combination but it works quite well.  Like many folks in the comments section in the linked recipe, I added mustard to the inside because you have to have mustard on a Cuban.  At least I do.

For sides, I wanted something super easy because I was feeling as lazy as a sloth tired from working hard all day.  Along with black beans and rice, I made these simple but delicious Cuban roasted potatoes. 
Easy Roasted Cuban Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients (4 servings)
  1. Preheat oven to 400f. These would also work in a grill set up for indirect heat.
  2. Place potatoes in a zip top Glad bag (gallon size). Sprinkle in the Cuban Seasoning and pour in the oil. Shake, toss, twist, agitate and otherwise manipulate to cover all potatoes with the oil and seasoning.
  3. Empty the bag onto a rimmed cookie sheet into a single layer.
  4. Roast on the middle rack in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the potatoes around every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove and serve while warm.
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The potatoes were ridiculously easy and tasted great too.

butterflied boneless pork chop
Use a very sharp knife to make the butterflying easier.

easy cuban roasted potatoes, Cubano pork chops
Lay all of your stuff on there and then just close the pork chop like a book.

easy cuban roasted potatoes, Cubano pork chops
Grilled and resting on a raised rack.

easy cuban roasted potatoes, Cubano pork chops
Cheesy, gooey, and good.

easy cuban roasted potatoes, Cubano pork chops

The Pit Is Back
One of the first things a new acquaintance often will say to me when he/she learns that I BBQ and grill is, "I watched that show, BBQ Pitmasters."

Well guess what.  A new season of BBQ Pitmasters is starting up this Sunday (Dec 16) at 9pm EST on the Destination America channel.

Photo credit:  Destination America
Producer John Markus was on The BBQ Central Show a few weeks ago and talked with Greg Rempe about it.  From what I recall, they are calling it Season 3.2 instead of Season 4 because it's kind of a mini-season before next year.  The format will be different for this shortened version.  There won't be an overall grand champion, each week will just have a winner.  Each week will be a regional competition like, best Texas style BBQ or something like that.  While I prefer the more traditional BBQ competition formats (Season 1, some of Season 3), I'm actually looking forward to this mini-series too. 

So don't call me at 9pm on Sunday night.  I'll be watching BBQ Pitmasters on Destination America. 


  1. We love a good Cuban sandwich. The best we ever ate was near the airport in St. Pete in a dive where you ordered at a window, then sat one of those round concrete tables and ate outside while the airplanes flew above. I know I would love this. I didn't know there was a Cuban seasoning. Have to keep an eye out for it. Bobby Flay rocks.

  2. I've got your phone number on speed dial for Sun. night. Nice work.

  3. I'm so excited for the BBQ Pitmasters return too! I've had this whole in my Sunday nights now that The Walking Dead has taken it's mid-season break!
    As for the "sandwich".. another fantastic idea! It looks incredible!

  4. I really like what you did with the pork as we are big Cuban sandwich fans. Tha whole plate of food looks outstanding.

  5. How do roasted potatoes just seem to MAKE a meal? I am so into them lately.

  6. I wouldn't have thought to ever remove the bread from a Cuban sandwich and yet, why not? It looks and sounds delicious! P.S. I solemnly swear I won't call you tomorrow night at 9pm.

  7. Chris, what were the ingredients for the Cuban Sandwich...I'm a midwest redneck, no clue from the pictures what type of cheese, meat or red stuff that was from the pictures. LOL.

  8. I'm loving everything about this meal. I have to try that Cuban non-sandwich. And maybe someday those McCormick gourmet spice packets will make their way to cow town.

  9. Hubs is going to love this whole meal, but the pork chop sandwich is going to send him to 7th heaven!

  10. I love it! The potatoes look amazing but the pork has me drooling. I love Cuban sandwiches and this pork is screaming my name.

  11. Oh my pork chop that looks good! You make stuffing a pork chop look so easy! I have tried making a slit in it and stuffing and that was not good!! I will definitely try this method for stuffing in the future. Your pictures!!!!


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