Saturday, August 7, 2010

La Frita Cubana

Welcome to Burger Saturday

A Frita is a Cuban hamburger. When you were eating Quarter Pounder’s with cheese growing up, I was eating fritas. A traditional frita is a patty made of a combination of beef and pork. The toppings are sliced red onion, matchstick French fries, all served on a Cuban bread roll. Now that you know what the traditional frita is let’s move it forward now shall we.


I detest big sloppy hamburgers. Nor am I a fan of burgers that do not fit in my mouth. In reality most human jaws open to accommodate 3 fingers. All of my fritas must make it under this height requirement. If I took the time to source wonderful ingredients and cook them perfectly; I want my frita eaters to be able to savor every component on each mouthful.

Home ground meat is always better than store bought. Grinding your own meat allow you to choose the specific cuts you want. Moreover, it is infinitely more sanitary, so you can serve your meat medium-rare without fear of bacterial contamination.

When making a frita I strive for a good balance of lean meat and fat. Fat brings flavor and more importantly moisture the burger needs.



Organic & Free-Range - Beef Brisket, Beef Chuck and Pork Butt.


Twice ground.  Once through the large grinding plate and then through the small grinding plate.


When forming your patties do not overwork the meat. You want the meat loosely packed.


As they cook, I flip the patties every 30 seconds; this give you a rotisserie effect promoting even cooking and searing throughout.


My Spicy Ketchup - Vine ripened tomatoes, bird’s eye chilies, fish sauce, chipotle peppers, apple cider vinegar, and cane sugar. Cooked, reduced, and thickened.


Leeks – Thinly sliced. Cooked in a butter and Vinagre de Jerez emulsion.




Matchstick Yukon Gold Fries – Cooked in peanut oil.


Frita Cubana on a toasted and buttered roll.


That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!

34 comments:

  1. Most excellent of burgers:) My son is the same way with ground meat dishes "Must have a perfect balance"

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  2. That is a SERIOUS work of art. Everything about it is perfect! I love that you grind your own meat - it's so much better on so many levels.

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  3. looks amazing Lazaro! well thought out and omg that ketchup!!

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  4. That's definitely moving it forward...fresh ground meat, leeks and a delicious ketchup.

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  5. WOW this is amazing! The homeade ketchup, those leeks, everything is just freakin awesome Lazaro. I love your attention to every single detail!

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  6. Oh wow, these fritas sound amazing, and I am seriously day dreaming at how good they will taste. Your cooking is always so inspiring.

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  7. In the right hands, even the much maligned burger becomes culinary art. That's what you've done here - culinary art. The ketchup has me salivating already. I would not mind this even for my breakfast, right now!

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  8. Omg, I used to stick fries into my burgers when I was little but those were the greasy fastfood burgers. Little did I know there was an actual dish! Love this Lazaro! You know what else I'm loving? Your spicy ketchup! Never seen fish sauce used to make ketchup before - genius. Thank you for sharing these great recipes.

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  9. I agree with Roxan, this is a work of art with so much careful thought to each element of flavor, congratulations on the construction of a perfectly balanced burger, enjoy the rest of the weekend:-)

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  10. wow this is a killer hamburger and wonderful you made it from scratch your blog is looking great by the way

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  11. as we get older we still love the food from our childhood but only now it's more sophisticated!

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  12. Wow, another way of making and serving burger.
    Lovely and so delicious.
    Thanks for sharing such great recipe.
    Wishing you a great Sunday ♥

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  13. DANG! I HAD to read your fritas post on a Sunday, when El Rey de las Fritas IS NOT OPEN!!! Ok, darling Lazaro, I must come to your house instead. Please start the grill and chill the beer, we'll be over shortly to ingest your lovely fritas!

    By the way, I thought fritas also consisted of chorizo? "splain?!

    Gracias, amigo!

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  14. You are amazing with details! I was actually thinking about making my own ketchup! What a great burger.

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  15. What a great burger Lazaro. I love that you made your own ketchup and those fries....ooh, la, la.
    Sam

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  16. Now that's a burger!! Fresh ground meat make the best burgers, and the key is not to make them too big! yours looks deicious, the meat expertly browned....and I am diggin that ketchup!
    thanks for sharing my friend!

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  17. This looks great. I like the idea of the fries in the burger instead of out...

    I don't like huge burgers either. I end up cutting it in quarters just to eat it like a lady. (when eating out in restaurants)

    But...at times, there's fun in eating a messy burger...I'd rather be home when I do...and use 50 napkins to boot!

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  18. Delicious! I could reach right in and have one. And the ketchup sounds so good.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  19. I just love all of the components of this recipe. The spicy ketchup, leeks, and the matchstick potatoes. Delicious.

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  20. These burgers are perfection with the home ground meat and those delicious leeks, excellent!

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  21. Fries on a sandwich is a wonderful thing!!

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  22. oh WOW!! Every single component is so flavorful. I do agree with you on grounding you own meat as only I had the equipment! I'm totally with you with the height. For me, double cheese burger is too much for me and it just makes me less appetite with a lot of work to bite on. The spicy ketchup and matchsticks fried are my favorite! I can guarantee this is heavenly good!

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  23. Lazaro...yummie...love the idea of fries in the hamburger :-)

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  24. Your fritas look amazing. Simple and delicious. I love the potato matchsticks.

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  25. WOW!!! Brilliant! Funny, I went to Tony Roma's last week and had this ginormous burger that I could barely fit in my mouth. It was a burger for giants. I think your frita is so much more refined for average-sized human consumption. Applaud! ;)

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  26. burger and condiments from scratch, you can't beat that. Now if you could only deliver, I would be calling right now..LOL!
    cheers!
    malou

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  27. great fries! I will have to give that a try... wonderful idea! :)

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  28. great burger, fries and ketchup, c'mon who needs the arches? yum

    sweetlife

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  29. Every bit of that effort was worth it, no? The satisfaction of knowing how truly good the food you are eating really is actually enhances the flavour!
    :)
    Valerie

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  30. Peanut oil and I just became friends a few days ago when I made fried chicken. Now... I want to fry everything in site! Dream burger coming up! How long and at what temp for the fries?

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  31. Good heavens, that is one good-looking burger. I love Cuban food every time I have it (which isn't often enough.) The spicy ketchup sounds amazing and I love how the leeks are cooked in butter and Vinagre de jerez. Sounds gorgeous. Cool blog, by the way!

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