While jokes could be made about the fact that the term ‘casado’ also refers to a married or so-called hunted man, this repast is constantly served up in various restaurants throughout Costa Rica. Enjoy this week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday ~ Casado.
The locals, called Ticos, have heartily embraced this meal as their dish of choice. After all, lunch fare in Costa Rica is typically hearty and filling.
It’s likewise considered a common practice for employers to allow their workers an hour or more to eat in the middle of the day so they have plenty of time to polish off a large meal.
Gastronome Wednesday ~ Casado
A casado plate is generally comprised of black beans, rice that sometimes contains tiny bits of bell pepper, and a bit of meat such as fish, chicken, pork, or beef.
The meal also comes with a side of cabbage or pasta salad. Fried plantain chips or tortillas are popular accompaniments. These meals are often accompanied by a fruit based beverage of some sort.
Pineapple, blackberry, and watermelon are typical flavors but tea, soda, or beer might also be available.
This week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday ~ Casado – The Costa Rican dish no doubt owes some its popularity to the fact that it is both nutritious and affordable. A casado costs an average of $5.50 per plate but it nonetheless provides diners with large enough portions to keep them satisfied.
It even is thought that this entrée originally came about when workers wanted a lunch that was similar to what their wives would have prepared for them, had they been at home.
Or perhaps the term came about because the beans and rice that were typically served together seemed to be married to one another.
Another theory to the origins of the dish is that the recipe was created by mothers who wanted to serve their large families a cost-effective but well-balanced meal that wouldn’t leave their kids feeling hungry afterwards.
In any case, why not try this ubiquitous entrée the next time you happen to be in Costa Rica?
Have you had any version of this dish? Did you like it? Share your experiences with us! Did you enjoy this week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday ~ Casado?
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