Category: Food


PUERTO RICAN (EMPANADAS) Dough:  (or Goya’s pkg of 10 empana­da dics) 3 cups all pur­pose flour 1 tea­spoon salt 1⁄2 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der 1⁄2 tea­spoon bak­ing soda 1⁄4 cup veg­etable oil 1 cup warm water 1⁄2 tea­spoon anna­to seed (for col­or) Fill­ing: 1 lb. browned ground beef or cooked shred­ded chick­en 1⁄2 medi­um onion, diced 2 table­spoons olive oil 1⁄2 green bell pep­per, diced 3 gar­lic cloves, crushed 1⁄8 c. chopped fresh cilantro 1⁄8 c. sliced green olives salt and pep­per, to taste 1÷4−1÷2 jalapeño, minced (option­al) 1 tbsp. toma­to paste 1 pkg. Goya Sazon with anna­to 1 cup...

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Holiday Food

The main dish is usu­al­ly roast pork served along with arroz (rice) con gan­d­ules (pigeon peas), plá­tanos (fried green bananas), and pas­tels. Paste­les are made using green bananas as the dough which is then filled with meat either (beef) or (pork) and is wrapped in banana tree leaves. A roast pig on a spit, called “lechón asao,” is a tra­di­tion­al all day long event. Hol­i­day desserts include “arroz con dulce” (rice cooked with spices, sug­ar, milk, and coconut milk) and “tem­bleque” (a cus­tard made with corn­starch, sug­ar, and coconut milk). They are eat­en cold, when its con­sis­ten­cy becomes sol­id.   Flan is a rich cus­tard dessert  with a lay­er of soft caramel  on top.  Coquito is the tra­di­tion­al hol­i­day bev­er­age and is made using coconut milk and...

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