Eat your hearts out Cuban sandwich shit talkers! From the controversy, we slip into a happy place where the undisputed burger of Cuba reigns king in Miami — the frita.
After successfully bringing back the scrapple to Philadelphia at last year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand Great Chefs event hosted by Marc Vetri, Michael was inspired by the best frita-maker stateside for next Tuesday’s tasting for a cause.
We’re speaking of none other than El Mago de Las Fritas, on West Flagler in Little Havana. Michael named El Mago’s frita one of his top five burgers in Miami in a recent post on Serious Eats’ A Hamburger Today blog! He and executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith have collaborated on a macked-out version of their own complete with homemade components. Get the recipe below, and stay tuned for a demo the two will do for Breville and its webisode series, Thought for Food. Their version features homemade Cuban bread buns and shoestring potatoes, which are substituted below for store-bought — making for a more home-friendly burger (You can blame it on me!)