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Top Latin Caribbean Pork Recipes


Pork is as popular as chicken in Caribbean cooking. Pigs were introduced to the islands by European settlers. Because they were easy to raise and took up little space, pork became a popular meat item on Caribbean tables.

1. Grilled Pork Chops - Chuletas Asado a la Parrilla

Grilled Pork Chops
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Grilling pork chops is my favorite way to prepare pork. This recipe is for grilled pork chops that are juicy and tender. The citrus and vinegar combination in the marinade also gives the grilled pork chops a sweet and tangy flavor.

2. Pork Kabobs - Pinchos

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In the Caribbean pinchos are grilled pork or chicken kabobs. Here is my garlicky version great for a summer cookout, snack or party.

3. Traditional Cuban Sandwich

cuban sandwich
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A Cuban Sandwich, sometimes called a cubano, is a Latin variation on a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. This undeniably delicious sandwich is grilled and made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and Cuban bread. The sandwich originated in Cuba and migrated to the U.S. with Cuban immigrants.

4. Spicy Pork Empanada

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© 2006 Hector Rodriguez
These delcious spicy empanadas are versatile. Serve as an appetizers, snack, or lunch. If you aren't a spice fan, you can leave out the chili pepper or if you love the heat, use a hotter chili such as a serrano.

5. Pork Roast - Pernil

On the Spanish speaking Caribbean islands, the meat of choice for the holidays is roasted suckling pork. Here is a scaled down version using a shoulder picnic cut or butt roast.

6. Pork and Eggplant Stew - Carne de Cerdo Guisada con Berenjena

Pork and Eggplant Stew Recipe - Carne de Cerdo Guisada con Berenjena Recipe Pork and Eggplant Stew Recipe. Eggplant is a meaty vegetable that pairs well with pork in this hearty stew.

7. Canned Ham with Brown Sugar and Rum Glaze

Canned and preserved meats were once essential to an islander's diet. Here is the Caribbean's answer to America's traditional Easter ham. You can serve this ham for any special occasion.

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