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Traveling to Cuba?

Use this as a guide to order Cuban Cuisine

Main Dishes: MEATS

Shredded Beef / Ropa Viejas (Old Clothes)

Stuffed Potatoes / Papas Rellenas

Cuban Hash / Picadillo

Cuban Meatballs / Albóndigas

Breaded Steak / Bistec Empanizado

Cuban Lebanese Steak / Bistec Libanes Cubano

Cabbage Rolls / Rollitos de Col

Cuban Fried Rice / Arroz Frito Cubano

Main Dishes: POULTRY

Chicken Fricassee / Fricase de Pollo

Yellow Rice & Chicken / Arroz con Pollo

Yellow Rice & Chicken / Arroz con Pollo

Main Dishes: SEAFOOD

Seafood Paella (seafood only)/Paella de Mariscos

Shrimp Creole / Camarones Criollos

Shrimp Enchilada / Enchilada de Camarones


Garlic Shrimp / Camarones al Ajillo

Black Beans & Rice / Frijoles Negros y Arroz

Fried Plantains / Plátanos Maduros Fritos

Fried Green Plantains / Tostones Verde

Yuca / Cassava

Ham Croquettes / Croquetas de Jamón

Lebanese Salad / Ensalada Libanesa

Avocado Salad/ Ensalada de Aguacate


Cuban Beef Stew / Carne con Papas

Oxtail Stew / Rabo Encendido

Cuban Chicken Soup / Sopa de Pollo

Garbanzo Bean Soup ala María / Sopa de Garbanzos

Traditional Cuban Sandwich / Sandwich Cubano Tradicional


Cuban Eggs ala Raphael / Cuban Huevos ala Raphael


Coconut Custard / Flan de Coco

Custard / Flan de Leche

Rice Pudding / Arroz con Leche


This cookbook is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Perla Zayden Periut, who taught me how to cook most of these recipes. She enjoyed cooking for her large family who loved eating her food. I am the third in line of eleven children.

Periut Family in Cuba 1952 Back row: mother Perla, father Antonio. Front row: sister Perlita, brother Eduardo, Raphael, sister Linda, brother Antonio Jr.

For many of us who have high blood pressure problems, I have reduced the salt portions in some of the recipes. If you use drinking wine instead of cooking wine, it helps cut down on the salt intake without missing any of the flavors. Also, you may use “no salt added” tomato sauce.

I have found cooking times to vary in different ovens – gas or electric. Each person should note the time that it takes on a particular recipe with his or her own oven, as cooking times may vary. I also like to experiment with different ingredients in a recipe; and the cooking time may change due to the nature of the ingredients. With some recipes, I have suggested complimentary side dishes. I have marked my favorite recipes with a ✭ .

Thanks to Lana Rhea for assistance in editing the book. Cooking for my family and friends is a great joy for me, even with my busy schedule. I hope you enjoy cooking my recipes for your family and friends.

Raphael Periut

Raphael and his 1953 Chevy Bel Air

Blast from the past

Raphael in his kitchen

Raphael Periut, author of the cook book is also working on his second book- an autobiography. He is an entrepreneur, artist and gallery owner of Antiques & Art at 520 Andrews St. in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He has a large selection of Florida Highwaymen paintings, Cuban art, antiques and Civil War relics. Raphael was born in Cuba in 1944 and arrived in the U.S.A. in 1960. He has a college degree in Medical Technology and Blood Chemistry from Tennessee. He has 3 children – Nick, Linda and Lisa. His main hobby is cooking at home and experimenting with new recipes.

Antiques & Art

Take a look at his website www.highwaymengallery.com for more information or call his gallery Antiques & Art at 386-427-9910.

Cuban Art

Paintings by José M. Gil, Abel G. Matos, Raphael Periut, Carlos Toranzo

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