Growing up in Chicago I ate jibarito sandwiches in the Humboldt Park neighborhood almost every weekend when visiting family and friends. The crispy fried plantain steak sandwich served with Puerto Rican arroz con gandules and a side of mojo sauce (garlic, lime and olive oil marinade) stayed in my memory after I officially became a New Orleanian.
For my cookbook, New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking I made a jibarito sandwich with New Orleans Creole grillades. I wanted to combine my love for my two favorite cuisines; Latino and New Orleans cuisine. It is delicioso!!! If you have never tried a jibarito sandwich you need to!