Appetizers and Snacks

Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

5 comments June 1, 2014
Pastel Hawaiano (Hawaiian Pastries)

Pastel Hawaiano was one of my favorite pastries as a child in Colombia. To this day, eating it reminds me of my school days as a girl. Our school cafateria would serve Pastel Hawaiano for lunch along with Palitos de Queso and Empanadas Colombianas. Great memories! These Pasteles Hawaianos are a staple in school cafeterias, […]

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Ceviche de Camarón con Coco (Coconut Shrimp Ceviche)

8 comments May 29, 2014
Ceviche de Camarón con Coco (Coconut Shrimp Ceviche)

This Ceviche de Camarón con Coco is a popular dish from the  Pacific region of Colombia. Colombia borders both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, so fresh fish and seafood are found in abundance in such regions. We have different variations of ceviche in Colombia and Latin America. Traditionally, ceviche involves raw fish cooked in […]

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Envueltos de Plátano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Wraps)

10 comments March 10, 2014
Envueltos de Plátano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Wraps)

If you’re a fan of ripe plantains, then these Envueltos de Plátano Maduro are for you. And if you’re not yet a fan, I’d bet you will be soon! I love plantains, baked plantains, fried plantains, plantain soup or mashed plantains, it doesn’t matter how they’re served, I could eat plantains every day and be […]

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Ripe Plantains Stuffed with Chorizo and Cheese

21 comments February 18, 2014
Ripe Plantains Stuffed with Chorizo and Cheese

I’m not sure I would consider this Ripe Plantains Stuffed with Chorizo and Cheese a full meal, but at the very least, this is one of my absolute favorite snacks. I’ll eat almost anything made with ripe plantain! I love the classic and traditional Colombian side of Plantain Stuffed with Cheese, and I am always […]

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Mazorca Desgranada (Corn Kernels Snack)

11 comments February 13, 2014
Mazorca Desgranada (Corn Kernels Snack)

Mazorca Desgranada is an all time favorite Colombian snack (antojito) made with fresh corn, sprinkled with cheese, drizzled with different sauces and topped with crunchy potatoes with a choice of bacon or chicken. My mouth is watering just writing about it! There is also a baked version of mazorca desgranada called maizitos, prepared with bechamel […]

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Salsa de Ajo (Garlic Sauce)

11 comments February 11, 2014
Salsa de Ajo (Garlic Sauce)

Salsa de Ajo is a popular and simple Colombian sauce made with a mixture of mayonnaise, fresh garlic, lime juice and cilantro. In Colombia this garlic sauce is used as a dip for patacones (fried green plantains), plantains chips, French fries and yuca fries, and as a topping for mazorca dresgranada (a corn and cheese […]

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Torta de Maduro (Ripe Plantain and Cheese Cake)

27 comments February 4, 2014
Torta de Maduro (Ripe Plantain and Cheese Cake)

There are so many traditional Colombian dishes using plantains that I could write a cookbook containing only plantain recipes! Fried ripe plantains (tajadas de maduro) are the most popular way to cook ripe plantains in Latin America, but if you like ripe plantains and want a dish that would show them off in a different […]

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