Side Dishes

Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing

16 comments March 25, 2013
shrimp, apple and bacon salad

This month The Creative Cooking Crew’s challenge was a virtual mystery basket similar to the TV show “Chopped“. The ingredients inside the basket were, green apple, bacon, vinegar, and nut butter. I decided to make an Apple and Shrimp Salad with Spicy Nut Dressing and I absolutely loved the combination of textures and flavors in […]

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Black and White Bean Salad (Ensalada de Frijoles Negros y Blancos)

2 comments March 24, 2013
Black and White Bean Salad (Ensalada de Frijoles Negros y Blancos)

Beans are an important part of the Colombian diet, providing plenty of protein, while making for delicious and comforting dishes. Colombians use beans to make a variety of dishes including stews, soups, fritters, cakes, salads, rice dishes, and more! This Black and White Bean Salad couldn’t be easier to make and includes many of the […]

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Papas al Perejil (Steamed Potatoes with Parsley)

10 comments March 19, 2013
Papas al Perejil (Steamed Potatoes with Parsley)

Papas al Perejil is a very simple and a popular side dish in Colombian homes and restaurants. My mom makes this dish at least once every other week to go with her roasted chicken (pollo asado), stuffed meatloaf (albóndigon), or even her roasted pork (cañon de cerdo). They were a staple at our house growing […]

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Yuca Chorriada con Chorizo (Cassava with Chorizo and Cheese Sauce)

4 comments March 12, 2013
Colombian Yuca chorriada

This Yuca Chorriada con Chorizo is a variation of the popular and traditional Colombian side dish Papas Chorreadas. If you are not familiar with this dish, it is simply partially peeled and cooked small red potatoes, served with a creamy tomato, scallions and cheese sauce. Here is my recipe for Papas Chorreadas that I posted […]

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Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

12 comments November 30, 2012
Buñuelos de Fríjol de Cabecita Negra (Black-eyed Pea Fritters)

I love beans, and luckily for me, Colombian cuisine is filled with great tasting bean dishes. One of my favorites is a simple fritter made with black eyed peas. It’s not fancy, but it’s really good! When the dough balls hit the oil, they puff up a little. The inside becomes light and airy whereas […]

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Green Bean Casserole Makeover

20 comments November 24, 2012
Green Bean Casserole Makeover

November’s 5 Star Makeover Challenge was to remake the classic American Green Bean Casserole. This classic holiday dish contains green beans, cream of mushrooms soup, and fried onions. For my version I decided to put a little Latin touch on the dish using mini caramelized onions, jalapeños, and queso fresco corn cakes, topped with a […]

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Arroz con Espinacas (Spinach Rice)

14 comments November 2, 2012
Arroz con Espinacas (Spinach Rice)

Rice is a staple in Colombian cuisine, and we have endless variations of rice dishes. My Mom made this Spinach Rice at least once every other week to accompany her roasted chicken, pork chops, and even steak. This rice dish was a staple in our house for sure. I hated Arroz con Espinacas as a […]

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