Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? After you try this hearty dish, it might well be!
Arroz a la cubana is a dish that features rice, a fried egg, plantains and tomato sauce. It's a delicious and hearty breakfast that you can also have for lunch or dinner. In Cuba that they don't call it arroz a la cubana there; they simply call it huevo frito con arroz, or fried eggs with rice.
For meat lovers, consider adding ground meat, or any type of protein in addition to the eggs.
Bring a saucepan to medium heat and add ½ cup olive oil, once it starts bubbling add garlic, canned tomatoes, chopped onions and chopped peppers, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 8 minutes or until all the ingredients are cooked. Let cool and blend until a light puree. Reserve.
While the sofrito is simmering, make the rice. Pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil into a medium size sauce pan over medium high heat. Pour the rice into the pan and coat the rice with oil. Pour chicken broth into the pan and bring to a boil. Add salt to taste. Then, reduce the heat, cover and allow to simmer until rice is cooked – about 20 minutes.
Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon melted butter into a small frying pan. Heat on medium. Fry the eggs one at a time and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
Serve each plate with a scoop of rice on a plate and make a hole in the center and add 2 teaspoons sofrito, top with a fried egg on top and serve immediately with a slice of toasted baguette with butter and garlic.