Everywhere we ate there were plantains at every meal. Most of the time they were boiled and I didn't care too much for them, until we ate at a 200 year old restaurant. It has been run by the same family all these years! When we ate there it was full of locals, walking chickens, iguanas. The grandma was cooking in the kitchen and her grandson was serving us. When be brought us our food it was delicious! My very favorite was the fried plantains and homemade cheese. Holy crap I was in . . .
Black beans. So many black beans in Costa Rica. Some smashed, some separate, some mixed in rice, some all by themselves. Some salty, some sweet. My personal favorite are the savory black beans, not completely mashed, mostly separated. Black beans can be a labor of love when having to soak and then boil for hours. Cooking them in the pressure cooker not only helps the processes speed up but also intensifies the flavor! Pressure cooker seasoned black beans are amazing! One thing I noticed . . .
Everywhere we went in Costa Rica they had casados on their menu. Casado's seem to be Costa Rican signature dish. At least on the side of the country we were exploring. They consist of rice, beans, meat (our options were either bone-in bbq chicken, pork chop or steak with grilled onions), plantains, and a light cole slaw. For the next two days I'm sharing recipes for each part of these casado bowls so you can make your own casado. First up! Bone-in chicken. But to make the BEST bone-in chicken . . .
We spent a beautiful, incredible, delicious week in Costa Rica. It was the best experience traveling I've ever had. What an amazing country filled with the best people, food and countryside. On our first day we waited for our friends to fly in, so we left the condo for a walk down on the beach. We stayed in Playa Flamingo (during the rainy season- Sept). Our hotel was just around the corner from Playa Flamingo beach. We were starving! and on our walk to a nearby restaurant a man . . .