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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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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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Recipe of the day – Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Basque Style Codfish Stew)

Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Basque Style Codfish Stew) is a very popular Spanish dish known to every Latin American country. You will find hundreds of recipes for this dish as every country has their own version of it. The below is the Puerto Rican version. It is a relatively easy dish to prepare. In Puerto Rico is served year-round favorite but most popular during Lent. In Mexico is commonly served for Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Total time –  30 min prep; 45 min cook (after you have properly soaked the cod-fish in water several time to remove the salt; see below)

Yields – 8 servings

Serving suggestion – with white rice or any root vegetable such as yautia or yuca and your favorite side salad with avocado.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salted cod-fish
  • 4 potatoes, sliced thick
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Procedure

Soak the salted cod in about 2 quarts of water, changing the water 3 times over the course of 8 hours. Drain and cut the fish into bite-size pieces.

Layer the half of each ingredient in the following order: potatoes, cod-fish, onions, hard-boiled eggs, capers, garlic, olives, roasted red peppers, and raisins. Place the bay leaf on top, then pour half the tomato sauce and half the olive oil. Repeat with the remaining ingredients in the same order. Pour the water and white wine on top. Do not stir.

Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Buen provecho!

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Recipe of the week – Tostones

Tostones are a favorite side dish in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They are also eaten in Central America and throughout South America.

Ingredients

  • 3 green plantains, peeled and sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
  • Lots of cooking oil to deep-fry in a large heavy pan

Directions

Heat about 1/2 inch of the oil in the large heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices. Do not over crowd the frying pan! Turn them frequently until they begin to brown. Remove and repeat with a remaining slices. Tip – to remove the excess fat (oil), place them on paper towel or brown paper bag.

When finished with all the slices, press each of them using a small plate to about 1/3 inch. Tip – you can do this once you start removing the first batch of slices

Return half the flattened slices to the hot oil and fry again on each side until well browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bag and repeat with the remaining flattened slices.

Season to taste and serve Serve hot.

How to serve

  • Tostones go good with all kinds of dishes. Serve them on the side of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or any seafood dish.
  • Dip them in your favorite dressing or sauce. Your imagination is the limit….

Enjoy!

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