Recipes From Florida
When traveling through out the country or anywhere in the world each city, state or region is know for a particular food dish. If you were traveling to Maine, you would get a lobster roll. If you were in Louisiana, you would try gumbo. Going to Texas? Order up the brisket, that’s the food they are known for. Well, how about Florida? The sunshine state. There are many different foods that Floridians love to munch on. The Cuban sandwich and Key lime pie are on the top of the list, but there are more. Matt an I really enjoy going out to eat. Whether it is a five star restaurant or a little hole in the wall that has really good nachos and ice cold beer, as long as the restaurant has good reviews we will try it. People that know me also know that I am a really good cook, yes, I am tooting my own horn. In saying that, I do cook a lot and sometimes prefer to cook instead of going out to eat. I thought I would share some recipes from Florida with you that I have found. Let me know which recipe from Florida you like the most. If I missed a recipe from Florida that you like to cook, make sure to share it. If you are interested in knowing about the foods that each state is known for click here.
The Classic Cuban
1 loaf Cuban bread
1 -ounce regular mustard
4 dill pickles
5 slices boiled ham or Virginia ham
2 slices roast pork
1 slice imported Swiss cheese
1 -ounce butter
Cut Cuban bread to desired size, common size is 7 inches. Next, slice open the bread down the middle. On the topside of the bread spread 1-ounce of mustard, evenly across. Then place 4 pickles on top of the mustard. You then place 1 slice of Swiss cheese on top of the pickles. Slice ham to desired thickness, recommended size is 1 1/2 ounces per slice, the thinner the better. Now fold each slice of ham in half and place evenly on bottom of bread. On top of the ham, place slices of roast pork, 1 1/2 ounces per slice. You then join both halves of the sandwich. You are now ready to grill your Cuban sandwich.
Use a sandwich grill if you have one, a waffle iron if not. Spread butter on top of the bread evenly. Close the grill, smashing the sandwich. Leave sandwich in the grill until top of bread turns to a golden brown, and top is crisp. Approximate time is 4 to 6 minutes. After the sandwich is crispy and the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich carefully and slice it diagonally, from corner to corner. DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE OVEN!
Recipe courtesy of Cuban Sandwiches To Go, Orlando Florida. If you are looking for a Cuban Sandwich in Fort Myers, try Martha’s Cuban Cafe.
Florida Key Lime Pie
FOR THE PIE:
4 egg yolks
1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
FOR THE MERINGUE:
4 eggs whites
4 tbsp sugar
1. Combine egg yolks and condensed milk. Mix together well. Add key lime juice and mix well again. Pour mixture into pie shell.
2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, slowly adding sugar. Spread the mixture onto the pie all the way to the edge of the crust. Create peaks using back of a wooden spoon.
3. Bake in pre-heated, 300-degree oven until meringue is light brown. Cool before serving.
Recipe courtesy of The Fish House. I hear they have the the best Key Lime Pie in the area.
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6 cups peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees F.
Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the onion. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry until golden brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen. If you would like to try Hushpuppies while visiting Fort Myers, try Pinchers Crab Shack. They have the best around.
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If you are interested in more recipes from Florida go to The Favorite Sun’s Pinterest Board, Recipes From Florida