Suggestions for a Cuban Christmas party
Posted: 16 December 2008 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Courtesy of TasteOfCuba.com

For those of you planning on celebrating a Cuban-style Christmas, plan on preparing a great deal of food. Noche Buena is that time of year that you will want to have a great deal of Cuban cooking to keep everyone satisfied, here are some suggestions.

Any of the Cuban Christmas Eve Party supplies you need can also be found at the My Cuban Store website or the Cuban Food Market site.

Typical staples of a Cuban Christmas Eve party include the lechon asado (roasted pig), Moros y Cristianos (Black beans and rice), and plenty of Cuban cider to drink. The day before Christmas Eve, a pig would be selected, slaughtered, cleaned and would begin marinating for the cookout the roast the next day. Roasting your own pig is a big undertaking, most Cubans living in the U.S. will purchase an 80 pound pig (maybe 100 lbs if you plan on feeding over 70 people with single servings) from their local butcher store.

What should be served at a Cuban Christmas Party?  Drinks could include refreshing Mojitos and Cuban cider. Cuban eggnog, known as crema de vie, is also a popular Cuban Christmas beverage. The main course should include the large roasted pig.  Doing this the traditional way in your backyard can be a very big undertaking, if you can’t go to the trouble of a
full backyard pig roast, cook up a Roast Suckling Pig (10 lbs) in the oven.  It’s going to take a full 12 hours to cook, though, so you’ll want to start preparing it first thing in the morning.

Along with the pork, you’ll want to serve up Moros y Cristianos, seasoned black beans over a blanket of white fluffy rice. You’ll also want to have some Mariquitas on hand, fried plantain slices dripping with mojo sauce. Conclude the meal with a delicious Rum Custard dish, as well as the Pudin Diplomatico which is a Cuban bread pudding.

Cuban Christmas Decorations

If you’re throwing a Cuban themed Christmas Eve party, take some suggestions from visitors to the Taste of Cuba forum, including chef Sonia at the Cocina Cubana cooking club.  For the decorations, think about greenery, or hibiscus blooms. Bongo drums, maracas, straw sombreros (not Mexican sombreros and definitely no Mexican sarapes) add to the setting.

You may also want to have a Cuban flag, if one is available. Clothing should reflect the 1940’s and 50’s years; have men order guayaberas to wear. A nice touch would be some dominos in case anyone wants to engage in one of the most classic Cuban pastimes. Lots of tropical fruits should be at the party: Coconut, pineapples, sugar cane, oranges, mangoes, mamey, and papayas. Hang up some vintage Cuban posters.

While there is a great deal of contemporary Salsa or classic Salsa albums from Cuba that you could find, I think nothing would set the mood and tone of a Cuban themed party like a good Perez Prado compilation (or Benny Moré), or Buena Vista Social Club.

You’ve got the food, music, setting, you’re ready to throw your Cuban Christmas Party!

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