Costa Rica: Casado
They keep things pretty simple in Costa Rica. Rice, beans, salad and a meat are all you need for a full meal and that’s what Casado is. This is a typical lunch in Costa Rica, which is the big meal of the day. And they say that Casado, which means marriage, is what the women made to make sure their husbands came home. It’s often served with plantain and tortillas too. For the meat, we cooked up some chicken thighs in a pepper and onion braise that turned out to be a good sauce for the rice and beans. Of course the magic ingredient that no Costa Rican would live without is Salsa Lizano, as hard-to-define as it is hard to find outside of the country. The best description we came across was a vegetarian worcestershire sauce. We remembered it well from our time in Costa Rica and had to travel deep into Brooklyn to find it. Armed with 2 big bottles of the stuff, we’re looking forward to the rest of Costa Rica week!
Click through for the Chicken recipe.
- 4 chicken thighs w/ skin and bones
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 red pepper, finely diced
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbs Salsa Lizano(optional)
- 1 tsp achiote paste(or tomato paste)
- Brown chicken well on all sides and remove.
- Sautee all other ingredients in pan until soft.
- Add 1/2 cup of water and chicken back to pan.
- Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
- Serve with rice, black beans, and salad and plenty of Salsa Lizano.