Puerto Rican Food: A Salute to Tropical Flavor

Entertaining,Featured Article,Food and Travel,How-To,International Food
August 15, 2011

Wow summer guests with the lush island flavors of Puerto Rico.

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For a summery party theme that’s definitely not overdone, celebrate with the flavors of America’s “51st state,” the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s drinks naturally star rum and tropical fruit. The island’s African and Spanish influences combine with local ingredients for dishes that blend fresh and fried, spicy and cool, and starchy and sweet. Our menu offers three appetizers, three drinks, and a dessert inspired by Puerto Rican flavors.

Decorating Your Table
To transport your guests to the tropics, try these tips:

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Use souvenir shells from beach trips past as finishing touches

 

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Fill glasses with turbinado sugar for the look of sand. Top with paper umbrellas.

 

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Orchids: The ultimate in luxury, look for sprays of orchids at your grocery’s floral department.

Melon Rum Punch

Melon Rum Punch

This tropical punch is for adults only.

Lime Refresher

Lime Refresher

A non-alcoholic cooler.

Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Mini Spinach Salads

Fresh summer greens are a delicate bed for succulent spicy seasoned Caribbean shrimp.

Omelet Nachos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Omelet Nachos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Skip the gluey queso sauce and try these light nachos.

Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce

Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce

Meatballs in a flavorful Puerto Rican sauce.

Plantain and Pineapple Sundaes

Plantain and Pineapple Sundaes

Plantains and exciting spices are the island way with ice cream.

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