Cuban Dinner Party Menu

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Each month, our neighborhood’s Gourmet Club meets to share a themed dinner. We nix the kids and enjoy an evening full of great food, drinks and socializing with close friends. There are eleven couples in our group, but not all of us can attend every month. There were 14 of us sharing in our latest dinner: A Cuban Dinner Party.

One person hosts, chooses the theme & menu, and then asks what each person would like to bring. It’s a nice reason to go shopping for new dishes and decor (to match your chosen theme!)
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Our full menu:

FEATURED BEVERAGE:
Mojitos

APPETIZERS:
Guava Paste & Queso Blanco on Crackers
Fried Calamari with Spicy Mayonnaise
Plantain-Wrapped Crab Cakes with Avocado Aioli
Yucca Fries with Cilantro Mayonnaise

MAIN COURSE:
Sangria-Roasted Pork
Vegetable Paella
Avocado & Onion Salad

DESSERT:
Tres Leches Cake

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All was excellent!!!

Notes:
*Mojitos are a must- SO good.
*The guava paste/cheese combo is a classic cuban appetizer.
*I LOVED the yucca fries. It was my first time having had yucca, and everyone seemed to like these a lot.
*The crab cakes and calamari were also enjoyed.
*The Sangria pork was good- it surprisingly didn’t have a lot of flavor to it, but you could reduce the sauce and serve it alongside. It was very tender. The vegetable paella and avocado/onion salad were excellent served with the pork.
*We served slices of the very rich Tres Leches Cake for each couple to share (topped with whipped cream & star fruit and a scoop of vanilla ice cream). We picked up the star fruit at Specialty Produce.  It was actually really delicious eaten in bites with the cake & cream.  Everyone loved the cake!

It was a very successful dinner, and I’m adding it to my dinner party menus.

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • We are not Martha wrote:

    Wow, that’s a great idea! I want to be a part of a Gourmet Club! Plantain wrapped crabcakes sound PERFECT! I’ll have to keep those in mind the next time I’m entertaining! 🙂

    [Chels]

  • Peter wrote:

    Lori, the menu and photos are outstanding! Three Cheers for Cuba and let’s hope the embargo’s lifted soon so everyone can visit this beautiful country.

  • Manuela wrote:

    Beautiful party! Amazing food! The Guava paste with cheese is also something Brazilians eat – a lot!!

  • Girl Japan wrote:

    DAMN…. you blew me away… what a fab, fab menu, so tell me Recipe girl, when will you open a bistro?

  • Lori Lynn wrote:

    Oh what a great menu! And your table is so festive.
    You could open your own paladar!
    Lori Lynn

  • RobinSue wrote:

    Lori this is a beautiful menu. You out did yourself. It is so nice to try new flavors and foods. It did look like a lot of fun!

  • food librarian wrote:

    I heart guava paste! This is the best party ever!

  • ingrid wrote:

    Everything looks insanely good. Several of us neighbors are quite pretty good friends I should see if anyone would be up for one of these. Sounds like so much fun and a good night out away from the kiddos!
    ~ingrid

  • Ivy wrote:

    What a lovely party. Everything sounds delicious, a few things are new to me like guava and yucca fries but I am very curious about that tres leches cake.

  • Jeff wrote:

    I think my invitation may have gotten lost in the mail so I am going to go ahead and send it to you again 🙂

    I love this idea and I wish I had cool people around here who would participate. Heck I have a BBQ and ask people to bring sides dishes and I end up with 10 bags of chips, veggie tray, and a thing of dip.

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    Fabulous dinner party theme!! Love the sounds of that avocado & onion salad.. so refreshing!!

  • zoe wrote:

    Great feast!! Everything is so delectable and aunthentic!

  • Bren wrote:

    oh!! and i totally invite you to check out my vid on making boiled yucca with citrus mojo! i promise you will absolutely love if u liked them fried! it’s on the site under Flanboyant TV!

  • Bren wrote:

    you all hit it on the head… great looking table! glad you picked up the sunflowers! so typical in our homes! if i ever get my hands or Cuban crackers (only found in Miami and NJ), I’ll send you some. then you can really experience the guava con cream cheese! like u said, another classic in our parties/snacks! and considering i don’t eat pork, i can appreciate the veggie paella! good job girl!!!

  • elra wrote:

    Would love to have dinner party like this. I grew up with yuca and plantain. Back in Indonesia, we had fried yuka for afternoon snack. Delicious! Love love love that plantain wrap crab cake. I really want to try to make it. Everything is so Yummy! Oh, of course I love Mojito!

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer wrote:

    OMG that looks great – I too am in a club called Gourmet Girls we meet every other month – We are meeting this Friday and the theme is BBQ. Will be fun!!

  • kellypea wrote:

    You’ve got some great recipes here! When we do this, I swear I rarely get good photos. Perhaps I can blame it on the wine — or my complete lack of patience! Nice job.

  • CookiePie wrote:

    What a fun group — and the food looks FANTASTIC!!

  • Hélène wrote:

    Fantastic meal. That must be such a great together.