- 3-hour cooking class at Carli's Fine Bistro and & Piano
- Learn secrets and traditions of Puerto Rican cuisine from a professional local chef
- Prepare three courses, including corn fritter appetizers and a main course made from plantains
- Cool off with an ice-cold mojito
- Take home recipes so you can recreate your meal
What You Can Expect
When you arrive, meet your professional chef, who has experience working in kitchens both in the Caribbean and in the United States. After a quick introduction, begin your lesson, learning how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. But first, get the fun started by making your own mojito, a rum cocktail traditionally made with sugar, mint and fresh lime juice — a combination that instantly puts you in the island spirit.
While you sip your drink, put the ingredients together for a sofrito, a traditional sauce that’s used as a base for many Puerto Rican dishes. Learn a bit about how important this sauce is to Latin American and Caribbean cuisine while it simmers, and move on to preparing the appetizer, sorullos de maiz (corn fritters often stuffed with cheese).
For the main course, create tostones by flattening and frying plantains, and then fill them with Creole chicken. And for dessert, create something yummy like flan. Throughout your lesson, your chef will tell you about the local herbs, fruits and vegetables that are often used in Puerto Rican cuisine. When you’ve finished cooking, sit down at the communal table and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Before you leave, receive recipes so you can recreate the meal to impress your friends and family back home.
- Cocktail: Mojito made with guava (can be nonalcoholic if desired)
- Appetizer: Sorullos de maiz and sorullos de maiz rellenos de queso (corn fritters with and without cheese) paired with a mayo-ketchup sauce
- Main Course: Tostones rellenos de pollo a la criolla (stuffed fried plantain cups with Creole chicken)
- Dessert: Flan or majarete (local spiced coconut pudding)