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Archive for March, 2012

Picadillo (Piscolabis Style)

Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries; specially in the Caribbean. It is made with with ground meat (usually beef), tomato sauce, and other ingredients that vary by region.

It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, empanadas, pastries and croquettes.

This is our version.

Total time – about 30 min

Yields – 4 servings

Serving suggestion – with white rice and tostones on the side.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 2 oz. chopped cooking ham or 3 slices diced bacon
  • 2 tsp. sofrito
  • 2 tsp. recaito
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup diced green pepper
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsps. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 8 chopped or sliced olives
  • 1 tsp. capers
  • 1 envelope of Sazón with achiote
  • 1- 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 small box of raisins

Procedure

Brown the ground meat in a small caldero or frying pan and drain. Add ham or bacon (or both), sofrito, recaito, onion and green pepper, tomato, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, olives and capers, Sazón, raisins and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook for 15 minutes or so over low heat. Cook another 15 minutes or so uncovered. Stir occasionally.

Buen provecho!

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Cuban Coconut and Rum Flan

Flan is a staple dessert all across the Caribbean and Latin America. This recipe it’s the newest addition to our dessert menu; it’s easy to make and best when chilled overnight in the same pie dish and served the next day.

Total time – about 1 1/2 hr

Yields – 12 servings

Serving suggestion – by itself or a-la-mode with a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large whole eggs
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum

Procedure

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Have ready a 9-inch round glass pie dish. Place a clean kitchen towel in the bottom of shallow baking pan large enough to hold pie dish. Fill baking pan with enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of dish; carefully transfer baking pan to oven.

Place 3/4 cup sugar in a heavy-bottomed, medium skillet. Place over medium-high heat; cook until sugar begins to melt, swirling pan. Continue cooking until melted and medium-dark brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; pour caramelized sugar into pie dish. Swirl dish until sugar evenly coats bottom; let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup sugar, salt, eggs, and egg yolks until combined. Whisk in remaining ingredients until combined. Pour into pie dish; transfer to hot-water bath in oven. Bake until flan is almost set (it will appear loose in center but continue cooking as it cools), 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer baking pan to a wire rack until water cools; then transfer pie dish to wire rack to cool.

When ready to serve, run a knife between flan and pie dish. Place a serving dish on top of flan; invert. Slice, and garnish with any remaining syrup.

Buen Provecho!

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Spicy Coconut Shrimp with a sweet and zesty mango marmalade dipping sauce

Coconut shrimp a very versatile dish that can be served as an entreė or appetizer. Our version has a spicy kick and we serve it as an Hors D’oeuvres with a  sweet and zesty mango marmalade dipping sauce.

Total time – 30 min.

Yields – 1 party tray for 8-12 people.

Serving suggestion – as an Hors D’oeuvres

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (adjust heat to taste)
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 24 large shrimps
  • 3 cups oil for frying

Procedure

In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer, ground red pepper and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.    

Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer.

Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Sweet and Zesty Mango Marmalade Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp. mango marmalade (if not available, may be replaced with peach)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 3 tbsp prepared white horseradish

Combine all ingredients until well blended. Chill until ready to serve.

Buen Provecho!

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Platanutres con Mojito Isleño

Want to skip the traditional chips and salsa? Then you have to try this.

Platanutres (plantain chips) are a popular snack in Puerto Rico. They are known as mariquitas in Cuba, trompetas in the Dominican Republic, and chicharitos de plátano verde in Costa Rica. Versions also exist in India, where the chips are often cooked in coconut oil, and Southeast Asia, where it is common to rub them with turmeric and salt before frying.

Not to be confused with the popular rum cocktail, Mojito Isleño is a Puerto Rican sauce normally used as a topping for seafood dishes; specially grilled or fried fish such as the Red Snapper. It is also used as a side dipping sauce for tostones and platanutres. This sauce was originated in the southern town of Salinas which is known  as “La Cuna del Mojito Isleño” (the cradle of the islander dip).

There are hundreds of different recipes; however, the basic ingredients are the same. The main difference you will find it’s in the level of heat. Some people make it spicy, others don’t. Either way, it’s very tasty and very versatile. You can prepare it overnight and keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Total time – 25 min

Yields – plenty of chips…

Ingredients

  • 4 green plantains
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 medium-large green bell peppers, seeded, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 8 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 1 medium bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • Hot sauce of your choice to taste, optional
  • ½ cup chopped pimento-stuffed green olives.

Procedure

For the Mojito Isleño

Heat pan over medium heat, pour in oil and sauté bell pepper and onion until they begin to soften.

Add garlic and cilantro, salt and pepper. Cook five minutes over low heat.

Add tomato sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add hot sauce, if desired.

Before removing from heat, add olives. Cool and refrigerate.

Serve in bowl

For the Platanutres

Trim off both ends from each of the plantains with a sharp knife, then make a few slits through the skin the length of each plantain. Push your thumb between the skin and the flesh and pry skin away from flesh. It will come off in pieces, like bark from a tree. Trim off any woody fiber stuck to plantains. Slice plantains crosswise into thin rounds.

Pour oil into a large heavy skillet to a depth of 1/2”, then heat to 350° on a candy thermometer over medium-high heat. Add plantain slices a few at a time to the oil to prevent them from sticking to one another, and fry them in batches until lightly golden and crisp, about 3 minutes.

Transfer plantain chips with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Season to taste with salt while still hot and serve them in a chip bowl next to the Mojito Isleño.

Buen Provecho!

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Grilled Chicken Breast with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a delicious marinade that is typically used on beef, but its flavors make it outstanding on chicken or even fish. It biggest advantage is that you can prepare it well in advance as it can be refrigerated for long periods of time. As a matter of fact, the longer you let it sit, the more flavor you are going to get out of it. This is a great alternative for a last-minute meal. Grilling the chicken will bring out even more flavor to the dish.

Total time – 20 minutes

Yield – 6 servings

Serving suggestions – Make it a light meal by just adding your salad of choice or vegetable medley. Asparagus are a great option.

Ingredients

  •  6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Thin-Sliced
  • 1/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Chimichurri

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 small hot pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet red pepper, ground
  • 2 bay leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure

Season chicken with 1/4 cup of oil, salt and pepper.

Mix all the Chimichurri ingredients and set aside in a covered glass bowl. Let it sit for 12 hours, mixing occasionally to bring out the flavor and aroma of the ingredients.

In a saucepan or on a grill, brown the chicken breasts on both sides.

Spoon the Chimichurri on top of the chicken and serve.

Buen provecho!

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Arroz a la jardinera (rice with vegetables)

This is a great alternative to white rice and a perfect side dish for grilled steak, chicken or pork.

Total time – about 30 min

Yield – 4-5 servings

Serving suggestion – as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized onion, peeled and diced,
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anniato oil (achiote)
  • 3 or 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 handful of string beans, diced
  • 1 or 2 carrots, diced 2 cups diced pumpkin
  • 1 lb uncooked rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Procedure

Saute the onion, pepper and garlic on the olive oil.

Add the water and cooking oil. Bring to a boil.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered until the water evaporates. blend with a ladle, folding the rice from the bottom to the top and vice versa.

Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender.

Buen provecho!

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Latin Pepper Steak

A variation of the Chinese dish with a latin twist.

Total time – 20 min

Yield – 4 servings

Serving suggestion – with white rice and tostones or ripped fried plantains on the side.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1lb. boneless sirloin or flank steak, cut into thin strips
  • 2 medium red and/or green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 package Brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro

Procedure

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown beef.

Remove beef and set aside.

Add red peppers, onion and jalapeno pepper and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in water, lime juice and Brown gravy mix.

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in beef and cilantro and simmer for about 5 min.

Buen Provecho!

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