Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

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Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnocchi.

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Gnocchi is a pasta that many of you probably already are acquainted with, but for some of you this may be very big news.

All I’m going to say is, if you have never had gnocchi before or if you have never had homemade gnocchi before, you definitely need to try this recipe.

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Homemade Gnocchi

Gnocchi is probably the easiest pasta to make because it’s just a handful of ingredients and you don’t need any special tool, besides maybe a fork!

What do I need to make gnocchi?

  • Russet potatoes. I’ve never tried this with Yukon potatoes or sweet potatoes but I think it would work just the same! And I just got a great idea for a future recipe😃
  • Egg. As in most recipes, the egg in this one is working as a binder, as well as giving a little yellow tint to our gnocchi.
  • Salt. You already know. Don’t forget this because pasta without salt will ruin a dish.
  • Flour. All purpose is my choice, but you can do this with wheat too.
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What sauce can I eat gnocchi with?

You can eat gnocchi any type of sauce. My absolute favorite has always been a tomato basil sauce but I have yet to perfect that recipe so you won’t find it on the blog! My dad makes it beautifully though.

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Pesto gnocchi

I also love eating gnocchi with pesto sauce. Find my pesto recipe here. I’ve also had some amazing gnocchi alla vodka and alla sorrentina.

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Can you make vegan gnocchi?

Of course you can. All you have to do is substitute the egg and you’re good to go. Find my recipe for eggless gnocchi here.

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Potato Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnoccho.
Prep Time 55 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Fork
  • Large pot
  • Large spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash potatoes and poke in holes with a fork serveral times. Place potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, remove the skins from the potatoes. Combine peeled potatoes, salt, and egg and mix by hand.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and place potato mixture. Gently kneed the flour into the mixture until the flour is fully incorporated. Don’t kneed for longer than 1 minute; the dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough in 4 parts. Working with 1 part at a time, roll dough into one long log about 1 inch in width.
  • Cut dough log into several 1 inch pieces. Roll each piece over the tip of a fork to get texture design. Repeat steps for the remaining dough parts and sprinkle all gnocchi with flour.
  • Heat a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water at a boil and place gnocchi in the pot. Cook until gnocchi rise to the surface of the water and remove. Enjoy!

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Air fryer tortilla chips

Air Fry Tortilla Chips Recipe

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This is the best recipe for crispy and delicious tortilla chips. Air fryer style.

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What do I need to make these tortilla chips?

All you need is corn tortillas, oil, salt, and an air fryer.

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How do I cut tortilla chips?

I cut my tortilla chips into 6, but you can cut them into 4 or 8.

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Which tortillas should I use?

Any brand of corn tortilla will work. This is the brand I always choose.

Corn tortillas

What kind of oil should I use?

Any kind of oil works. I usually use vegetable oil or olive oil.

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Air fryer tortilla chips

Air Fry Tortilla Chips Recipe

This is the best recipe for crispy and delicious tortilla chips. Air fryer style. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Brush

Ingredients
  

  • 3 corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Cut tortilla into chips.
  • Brush both sides of tortilla chips with oil.
  • Season tortilla chips with salt.
  • Lay evenly and flat in air fryer tray making sure no chips are overlapping each other.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees shaking basket every 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer, allow to cool, and enjoy.

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros – Rancheros Sauce Recipe

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Huevos rancheros isn’t something I necessarily grew up eating, but it’s a unique and delicious take on everyones favorite meal of the day; breakfast! And if you keep up with Break Thru Kitchen at all, then you know Mexican food is my favorite.

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And this traditional Mexican breakfast dish doesn’t disappoint! It’s made by topping a freshly fried tortilla with refried beans, a sunny side up fried egg, pico de gallo, and a rich and flavorful rancheros sauce.

Huevos Rancheros Homemade
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Why is it called Huevos Rancheros?

The name huevos rancheros translates to ranchers eggs. It was given this name because it is a traditional mid-morning dish in rural Mexican farms.

And while the farmers stick to the authentic recipe, consisting of eggs, tortillas, beans, and salsa, there are many variations of this dish today.

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What do I need to make Huevos Rancheros?

Corn tortilla. The crispy base.

Refried Beans. Gives heartiness and richness to the dish. Find my recipe here.

Eggs. The classic breakfast component.

Pico de Gallo. A fresh, flavorful addition. Find my recipe here.

Rancheros Sauce. Ties it all together.

What can I add to my Huevos Rancheros?

You can add avocado, hot sauce, cheese, lettuce, and so much. I’m giving you the basic recipe today because you will need to master the technique before getting creative.

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Huevos Rancheros – Rancheros Sauce Recipe

Huevos rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish made by topping a freshly fried tortilla with refried beans, a sunny side up fried egg, pico de gallo, and a rich and flavorful rancheros sauce.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 person

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Knife

Ingredients

Rancheros Sauce

  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tomato diced
  • ½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp oregano dried
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ lime juiced

Huevos Rancheros

  • 1 cup frying oil
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • ¼ cup refried beans
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pico de gallo

Instructions

Rancheros Sauce

  • Add oil, tomato, chipotle pepper, onion, garlic, paprika, oregano, and lime to a small pan over low to medium heat.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, or until almost all the liquid in the pan evaporates.
  • Add water and cook for 5 more minutes, or until all the liquid evaporates. Set aside.

Huevos Rancheros

  • Add frying oil to a medium pan over low to medium heat. Add corn tortilla to pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Set aside.
  • Add egg to pan and cook until crispy. Set aside.
  • Assemble huevos rancheros by topping tortilla with refried beans, the fried egg, pico de gallo, and rancheros sauce. Enjoy!

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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

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Ok I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that before I created this recipe I was really out here eating my cucumbers plain Jane with salt and pepper and the occasional balsamic vinegar.

I’ve tried the smashed cucumber salad too, and it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t fit into my day to day diet.

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But then one day I thought, cucumbers would be delicious in a creamy dressing. And that’s how this cucumber salad came to life. I’ll never eat cucumbers the same again.

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.

It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…

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What do I need to make this recipe?

Cucumbers. Regular cucumbers are my go to but you can use English, Persian, or any type of cucumber you desire.

Sour cream. It’s light, mild, and creamy. What better way to coat your cucumbers?

White vinegar. If you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

Dill. Fresh is best but dried works fine.

Sugar. This contrasts the sourness from the sour cream and vinegar, as well as the saltiness from the salt.

Salt. Never forget it.

Garlic. Fresh minced garlic is ideal but feel free to substitute with powdered garlic if that’s all you have on hand.

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Can I use something other than sour cream?

Sure. Try Greek yogurt or mayonnaise. They both are going to give you a slightly different taste, but the texture is there all the way.

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What cucumbers are best for salads?

The varieties of cucumbers are almost as endless as the types of cucumber salads. Let me give you a guideline for each cucumber and you just be sure to try them all out when you get the chance!

  • Wax-Coated Cucumbers. This is the cucumber that’s most common and found grocery stores. They have a wax covering to help preserve the cucumber and will need to be peeled prior to eating.
  • Garden Cucumbers. Crisp, crunchy, and best fresh from the garden. They lack the wax coating of those purchased at grocery stores so they can be served peeled or unpeeled.
  • English Cucumbers. Also known as European cucumbers. This variety is mild in flavor, almost seedless, and usually 1-2 feet in length. They are typically sold wrapped in plastic to protect their thin skin and there is no need to peel them. These are greenhouse grown and typically on the pricey side.
  • Cocktail Cucumbers. Deliciously crunchy and much smaller than other varieties of cucumbers. They are also more expensive per pound, but there’s no need to peel them.
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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.
It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Peeler

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced dill or dried dill
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and peel the cucumbers.
  • Slice the cucumber thin. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
  • Add dressing to cucumbers and mix. Enjoy.
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Pastelón Traditional Dominican Recipe

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Pastelón is a dish traditionally found in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

However, just because the recipe is the same doesn’t mean the techniques are.

In a traditional Puerto Rican pastelón recipe, you’ll find that they don’t mash their plantains. Instead of boiling and mashing the plantains, they slice the plantains long ways and fry them.

I’ve actually tried that technique once before and though it was unique in texture and delicious, I prefer the Dominican technique. The plantain is smoother and it holds together a lot easier.

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.

Pastelón
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What do I need to make pastelón?

Ripe plantains. Plantains are practically the straw of the show in this amazing lasagna remix. Make sure they’re nice and ripe!

Ground beef. Whether you choose turkey, beef, pork, or chicken it’s up to you! You could even make this vegan by substituting the beef with lentils, mushrooms, and literally so much more. Pretty much anything ground works.

Onion. Garlic. Green Peppers. Necessary for flavoring the ground beef and for adding a fresh touch.

Mozzarella. Creates the gooey top layer that we all love.

Seasonings. Caribbean flavors are a must in a pastelón!

Butter. Needed to yield smooth, buttery mashed plantains.

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How do I make pastelón?

TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add plantains to a large pot of water over high heat.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
When soft, place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Set aside.
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 TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Cook onions, garlic, and peppers in a pan over low to medium heat until soft.
TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add ground beef and seasonings to pan and cook.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Set aside.
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PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Butter a baking dish.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add 1/2 plantain mixture into baking dish using a fork to flatten.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add beef mixture and flatten.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add the rest of the plantain mixture.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Top with lots of mozzarella cheese.
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PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Bake for 20 minutes and 375°.
 TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Let cool and serve.

Can I make this with green plantains?

This recipe is intended to be made with ripe plantains for the flavor contrast of the sweetness in the plantains and the saltiness in the beef and mozzarella. So, you could definitely make it with green plantains, but I don’t know if you could still call it a traditional pastelón.

Can I make this with the Puerto Rican technique?

Of course you can, and if you’ve already tried my technique I strongly encourage you to try out the other one! Just make sure you add a scrambled egg to your pastelón to make sure the layers stick together. With that addition, you can use my recipe for that technique too!

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Pastelón Recipe

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ripe plantains
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 sazon packet
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Peel plantains and cut in half. Add plantains to a pot of water over high heat until soft.
  • Remove from heat. Place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth. Set aside.
  • Add onions, garlic, and peppers to a pan over low to medium heat. Cook until soft.
  • Add beef and seasonings to the pan and cook.
  • When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste. Set aside.
  • Butter a baking dish and add ½ of the plantain mixture. Use a fork to flatten.
  • Add beef mixture to the dish and flatten.
  • Add the rest of the plantain and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 375°.
  • Let cool and serve. Enjoy!

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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

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Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.

Pesto Gnocchi
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What makes it so great?

Well, it’s probably the only renowned pasta sauce that is not cooked. And since it doesn’t touch the stove once, it’s incredibly easy to make.

That being said, since it’s made up of just a handful of ingredients, it’s also easy to mess up the ratios and end up with a not so great pesto.

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What is pesto made of?

Basil. Pesto gets it’s color and aroma from the fresh basil leaves. Basil has the most beautiful smell, it’s almost like therapy. We should change the saying to “stop and smell the Basil” because it really is that fragrant.

Garlic. Make it fresh and you’re set for success.

Pine nuts. These can be pricey, but don’t skip this ingredient. If necessary, substitute with walnuts, cashews, or whatever nut you have on hand.

Olive oil. Make sure you use a good quality one. Since this sauce is not cooked, you really taste every ingredient tenfold.

Salt. This is a no brainer. Season your food y’all! Especially if you’re planning on using it as a pasta sauce. It’s kinda impossible to add salt to pasta sauce once it’s already mixed with the pasta. If you know you know.

Basil Pesto
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How can I spice up pesto?

Just like anything else, too much of anything is bad. So, if you’re looking to change up the flavor profiles in your pesto just get creative! Try an arugula walnut pesto or a spinach cashew pesto! Or try adding cream to this recipe for a creamy, irresistible pesto. The possibilities are endless.

Do I need to use a mortar and pestle?

The short answer is no. For a true, authentic pesto, you will want to get your hands on a mortar and pestle. Using this method for mashing the ingredients together creates a different harmony than throwing everything in a food processor or blended.

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Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get delicious pesto either way. But the flavors are so much stronger when you do it by hand because the fibers in the basil aren’t completely broken apart as they are when processed or blended.

So, you don’t need to use one, but you will get a way stronger pesto if you do. But watch out, if you have never had a pesto mashed by hand the flavors may be too strong for you to handle. No joke. I would say give it a try both ways then move forward with which ever worked better for you.

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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 mortar and pestle, or food processor/blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in mortar and pestle, food processor, or blender, and combine mash, process, or blend until smooth and fully combined.

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pico de gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

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Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.

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What is Pico De Gallo?

Pico de gallo translates to “beak of rooster” in Spanish. It was given this name because originally people would eat it by pinching the ingredients between their thumb and index finger. And this hand gesture looks similar to the beak of a rooster.

Nowadays, we eat salsa fresco with tortilla chips, but back in the day they had their own way of doing things.

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What’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?

Let me put it this way, pico de gallo is a type of salsa, but salsa is not pico de gallo. Pico de gallo is a fresh, uncooked mixture that is chunkier in consistency. You can visibly see each chopped up ingredient in it. Meanwhile, salsa is cooked and a thinner consistency. Salsa can be left chunky or pureed, but it has more liquid regardless.

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Another thing is, the ingredients for salsa are interchangeable. You’ll find a variety of recipes making salsa with all types of different chiles and vegetables. Meanwhile, the ingredients for a this recipe are fairly consistent.

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Pico De Gallo
Pico De Gallo

So what makes this recipe different?

Well, remember earlier when I mentioned that this is a fully uncooked recipe? Well, there’s going to be a tiny bit of cooking in my recipe. Instead of chopping up raw tomatoes, with the guts and all that involved, we are going to be making tomato concasse.

What’s that you may ask? Well it’s French for “crushing” and refers to a cooking technique that involves scoring, boiling, and peeling. Once peeled, the seeds are removed to eliminate any bitter tastes, and then the tomato is diced. And what you’re left with is a perfect tomato that’s ready to be enjoyed raw.

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Then just add the classics…

You know, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, etc… you get the idea. Salsa fresca is a true classic, so messing around with these ingredients isn’t recommended. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t add some extra ones…

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I like adding tomato juice to the mix because I prefer my salsa to have some liquid to it. And I don’t want to add an unreasonable amount of lime juice, so I add more tomato flavor to the dish! Adding tomato juice really changed the game for me, so definitely give this a try. I also add a bit of olive oil to balance the flavors.

Lastly, one ingredient I don’t want you to forget is cumin. It adds a layer of warmth to the salsa fresco. But be careful, it’s easy to go overboard with the cumin! And if you’re making this one ahead of time, the longer the flavors sit together, the stronger the cumin flavor will be. Be use to use it sparingly, but do not skip it!

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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

Pico de gallo is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 20 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro minced
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • ½ jalapeno finely diced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ¼ cup tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Fill pot with water and bring to boil
  • Score the tomatoes with a knife by cutting an X on the bottom side.
  • Place the tomato on slotted spoon, and place into boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Remove tomato from water and place onto cutting board.
  • Use knife to pull back the skin from the X marked earlier.
  • Onced peeled, remove guts and seeds and then finely chop.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and the rest of the listed ingredients to bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don’t have to use all of the red onion or jalapeno listed. If you’re not a fan of onion, or don’t care for spicy foods, then use these ingredients minimally as adding the quantity listed in the recipe may not work for you. Add a little at a time and taste as you go. 
  • Scoring the tomatoes before boiling them makes peeling them later way easier. Don’t skip this step.
  • Using the tomato concasse technique ensures that any bitter flavors in the tomato don’t make it to our pico de gallo. Don’t skip this step.
  • Cumin is completely optional but highly recommended. Taste as you go to avoid adding too much, but do remember that the flavors strengthen as they sit. 
Chickpea Flour. Garbanzo Bean Flour.

How To Make Chickpea Flour

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Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make! All you need is a bag of dried chickpeas to create a healthy alternatives for flour.

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Why chickpea flour?

Chickpea flour is a necessary ingredient in a plant based kitchen. It has so many different purposes and uses in cooking, but above all of it has incredible nutritional benefits. It’s a great source of protein, calorically dense, and can be used as a replacement for flour in so many recipes.

Raw, dried chickpeas

Why make it yourself?

I got around to making this myself because I needed it was the only ingredient I needed for a recipe. And with chickpea flour being rather expensive, I decided to give it a go at home. It was really a desperate time, but it worked exactly the same as store brought chickpea flour.

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And when you compare the nutritional value of store brought chickpea flour and what’s in the stuff you grind up at home, you’ll find they are oddly different. The stuff at the store also has additives and preservatives that homemade chickpea flour does not.

Should I use a food processor or blender?

A food processor is ideal for making chickpea flour at home because it grinds the chickpeas very fine in just about one minute.

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I used a blender for this recipe because at the time I didn’t own a food processor! But let me tell you, it worked perfectly fine. Just pause the blending a few times to scrape the sides to ensure that everything is grinded evenly. If I can do it, you can too.

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How To Make Chickpea Flour

Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make!
Yield: 1 cup

Materials

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 food processor or blender
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 sifter
  • 1 air tight container

Instructions

  • Rinse dried chickpeas. dry well with a paper towel.
  • Dry well with a paper towel.
  • Throw chickpeas in food processor or blender and mix until the mixture turns into a fine powder.
  • Sift the powder to remove any pieces of chickpea that did not get finely chopped.
  • Store in an air tight container for cooking.

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Mango Guacamole

Mango Guacamole Sweet And Savory Recipe

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Chunky avocado mixed with sour lime and crunchy fresh vegetables are the key ingredients to the infamous guacamole that we all know and love.

However, have you ever considered spicing things up a bit? Maybe by adding in some ripe mango?

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Why add mango?

Guacamole is something I personally can’t get enough of. I put it on everything.

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That being said, it is possible to get tired of a good thing. You know, when I made this recipe I had simply eaten too much regular guacamole. I (somehow) grew tired of it. Even good things get old after a while…

You know, kinda like when you eat that one type of cereal for a few months and before you know it, you just can’t take it ANYMORE. Everything in moderation, right?

So, to switch things up for my palette, I tried making guacamole with some different ingredients; like mangoes.

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Is this better than regular guac?

Traditional guacamole is pretty hard to beat, so I don’t want to put these two in an unfair competition. The guacamole we all know and love is one of a kind, and unmatchable.

Nonetheless, this is a heck of a good alternative for when you’re just tired of regular old guacamole.

This is a sweet twist on the traditional recipe.

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What can I eat guacamole with?

This guacamole makes a delicious topping for tacos and quesadillas, or even as dip for your favorite tortilla chips. Add it to your meals and enjoy as a delicious side, throw it on top of some toast for breakfast, use it for deviled eggs… The possibilities are endless. It fits perfectly into most Hispanic and Spanish meals, so be sure not to forget it when making rice and beans or paella.

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Mango Guacamole

Sweet And Savory Mango Guacamole Recipe

Sweet and savory is the best way I can describe this guacamole. Chunky avocado mixed with the sour lime, the crunch from the fresh vegetables, and the ripe mango creates a sweet twist on traditional guacamole.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 246 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze one half of lime juice into the bowl and mix.
  • Add avocado to bowl and use fork to mush avocado to preferred consistency. Add diced mango and mix.
  • Dice mango and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze other half of lime to bowl. Mix.
  • Chop one handful of cilantro and add to bowl. Mix.
  • Add cayenne pepper and season with salt to taste.

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Mesquite Grilled Chicken With Honey Lime Cilantro Sauce Copy Cat Jose Tejas Chicken Bandera Recipe

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Jose Tejas, also known as Border Cafe, is literally my favorite restaurant ever. I go there for my birthday every year, whenever my mom comes to visit, and whenever I’m craving Mexican food.

I’ve eaten a ton of things on their menu, but my favorite dish by far is Chicken Bandera. It’s simply an amazing dish. Wood fired mesquite grilled chicken, honey lime cilantro dipping sauce, and a grilled avocado filled with mango. It’s typically served with shoestring french fries, but I get it with either jambalaya or white rice and beans.

Now, I know they only have a handful of locations, but I also know that lots of people have stopped for a meal there at least once.

And listen, if you’ve never been able to visit one of the locations, that is an even better reason to make this recipe at home.

So, as a service to society, I have created a copy cat recipe for this delicious meal. Of course, the real thing is on a whole different level. But, it’s nice to be able to recreate the flavors of my favorite dish. So, that’s exactly what I did!

Some tips I would give you are that if you can’t assemble your own mesquite seasoning mix then grab a seasoning mix from the super market! Also, if you don’t own a grill like me, you can just pan sear it. But since I know that char is essential, I pulled out my George Foreman grill to give it that effect!

Mesquite Grilled Chicken With Honey Lime Cilantro Sauce Copy Cat Jose Tejas Chicken Bandera Recipe

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So, as a service to society, I have created a copy cat recipe for this delicious meal. Of course, the real thing is on a whole different level. But, it's nice to be able to recreate the flavors of my favorite dish. So, that's exactly what I did!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • mesquite seasoning (1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion flakes, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/4 tsp sage, 1/4 tsp ground mustard, 1/4 tsp chili powder)
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Slice chicken breast into think cutlets.
  2. Assemble mesquite seasoning mix.
  3. In a bowl, combine seasoning mix and chicken cutlets. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  4. In a small pan over low heat, mix lime juice, honey, and cilantro. Cook until sauce thickens up and then remove from heat.
  5. On a grill, cook marinated chicken breast until it’s charred.
  6. Serve chicken with honey lime cilantro sauce. Enjoy!

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Dominican Potato Salad AKA Ensalada Rusa Recipe

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Potato salad is a very basic recipe that some of love so much, and some of us hate with a burning passion. I agree, it is a hit or miss. If you aren’t a fan of mayo, then potato salad is probably not your thing.

But, there are alternatives to mayo for this recipe. Some of them are sour cream, oil, and lemon.

With that being said, if you want to make this kicking potato salad to real way you’re going to want to use mayo. Get vegan mayo, whatever you have to do, just get mayo!

Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.

This potato salad is found at almost all Dominican holidays and events. It’s a fairly simple recipe, but it’s reserved for special occasions. So, when I go to my family gatherings and I see that there is potato salad, I know we’re all about to have a great meal!

Check out the video above for the technique. Some tips I have for you are to make sure not to burn your onions while sauteing them, they should be translucent not brown in any way. Also, only cook you potatoes and carrots until they are soft, they should not be mushy or falling apart. Adding the tablespoon of vinegar helps with this.

Dominican Potato Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.


Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tbsp vinegar, potatoes, egg, and carrots. Boil over medium heat.
  2. Once boiling, remove egg. Remove carrots and potatoes once they are tender and soft.
  3. In a small pan over low heat, add 1 tbsp vinegar and chopped onion. Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Peel potatoes and egg and largely chop egg, carrots, and potatoes.
  5. In a bowl, add potatoes, egg, carrots, onion, and mayonnaise.
  6. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion. They are actually very similar, but they are cooked and folded very differently. With American omelettes, you fold one time in half and cook over low medium heat. This produces a slightly crispy omelette. But a French omelette is a whole different thing; you almost more roll, rather than fold the omelette, and you cook over a gentle, low heat. This creates a soft, velvety omelette with a silky interior.

This is the classic recipe so it just just topped with chives, but you can also make omelette au fromage where you add cheese to the omelette right before folding. I don’t know what it is but something about French omelettes feels lighter than regular omelettes, and in the morning that’s exactly what I need.

For the exact technique, check out my video on this recipe below!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

  • Servings: 1 person
  • Difficulty: easy
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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion; they are just irresistible a soft and velvety!.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, crack the eggs, add salt, and whisk until mixture is a thin liquid.
  2. In an 8 inch pan over low heat, add butter and melt. Spread around all edges of the pan to prevent the omelette from sticking later.
  3. Once completely melted, add egg mixture and scramble until the eggs begin to thicken.
  4. Once most of the egg liquid is scrambled, start spreading the mixture on the pan to create a round shape. Use spatula to flatten down edges
  5. Once round, flat, and even, use a spatula to begin folding. Start from the side closest to you, and make a small fold. Then continue folding until you’ve reached the last fold.
  6. Fold the last edge of the omelette into a plate. Top with chives and enjoy!

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Dominican Style Black Beans Recipe

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Black beans are one of my favorite beans. I love making this recipe when I’m feeling tired of the classic Dominican beans. You know, put some spice in my life. One thing I kinda love about this recipe is the way all the flavors cooked together and created an almost sweet flavor profile, and I’m not one who likes salty things being sweet. So, take it from me, you have to try this recipe.

The hint of sweetness I was referring to earlier comes from the auyama, which also provides a hearty feature to these beans. I didn’t always use auyama in my beans. To be completely honest, I never even knew about it’s existence besides from my childhood memories when my grandma would make beans with it! When I started using it in my beans I never went back. It’s so cheap, lasts a long time, and adds an amazing sweet earthy flavor to my beans. You’ve definitely got to try this recipe out.

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  • Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on -1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, lagerly diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 & 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Deviled eggs with relish, best deviled egg recipe

Deviled Eggs Made With Relish Recipe

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Deviled eggs are a classic for so many different cultures. Italians mix their filling with tuna, Greeks mix theirs with olives, and the south mixes theirs with relish! If you’re a relish person, you will love this version of deviled eggs, and if you’re not a relish person, I encourage you to give this a go anyways because the flavor combination of everything in these deviled eggs and the relish is phenomenal. Truly one of a kind.

Serving deviled eggs at picnics and cocktail parties is a very regular thing for Americans, but this classic finger food did not originate in the United States. Although they weren’t prepared the way we know and love today, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs are traced back to ancient Rome. These little delicacies are also sometimes called Russian eggs, using red caviar or anchovies.

Deviled Eggs

Long story short, there’s probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you’re going to come across. Why may you ask? Well, I used a secret ingredient in these deviled eggs. And that is… drum roll please… BUTTER. And not melted butter, but softened, room temperature butter. It provides a creamy, velvety addition to the filling. Whatever you do, do not skip the butter in this recipe.

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Deviled Eggs Made With Relish

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  • Difficulty: easy
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There's probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you're going to come across.


Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill half way with water and add eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover with lid, remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, drain the hot water from the pot and run cold water over the eggs. Peel eggs.
  3. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk into a bowl using a spoon. Using a fork, mash the yolks until you have an even consistency.
  4. In the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop the filling into eggs, or use a piping back with or without a fancy tip, and pipe the filling into the eggs. Serve!

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Elote Mexican Corn Recipe

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This elote corn recipe is a delicious way to spice up your corn on the cob. This corn is traditionally grilled but I don’t own a grill so I chose to boil mine. You could also bake these elotes and they would come out wonderful.

I actually tested this recipe out with both sour cream and mayonnaise, and let me tell you. Sour cream wins all day. It’s so much less intense when combined with the flavors of the cotija cheese and tajin. Although also, maybe it was just the combination of corn and mayonnaise in my head!

This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways. I’d love to try making an elote covered in bacon!!! And some fresh cilantro on top… the possibilities are honestly endless with this creative but simple side dish.

Elote Mexcian Corn Side Dish

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Elote Mexican Corn

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  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways.


Ingredients

  • 2 ears corn on cob
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp tajin

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill halfway with water and bring to boil.
  2. Once at a boil, add ears corn and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, remove from pot and transfer to plate for coating.
  4. While the ears are warm, spread butter for entire ears.
  5. Spread sour cream along the sides of the corn with a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle cheese and tajin over the spreaded corn. Enjoy!

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Mangu con los tres golpes salami plantain queso de freir

Mangu Con Los Tres Golpes Recipe

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This is pretty much the breakfast I grew up on. I have an incredible amount of memories of being called to the kitchen to pick up my plate of mangu. To be completely honest, it was very rare to eat mangu with all these sides. Mangu is a quick and cheap dish, so my grandma wouldn’t be too bothered to make all 4 sides with it. There was almost always salami, but almost never cheese. But today I’m here to share the comeplete mangu dish with you.

So for starters, if you’re not from the Caribbean you are probably wondering what the hell is mangu. Mangu came from the region of the Congo, when there was slave trade, from a similar dish they eat made with boiled plantains. The name of the dish is mangusi. The word mangu comes from this West African word mangusi, which refers to any mashed vegetable from the earth.

Mangu con los tres golpes translates to mashed plantain with the three strikes. The three strikes would be the egg, cheese, and salami. Sometimes called con los cuatros golpes and incorporating avocado, this is a traditional breakfast in the Dominican Republic.

Try to use very unripe plantains, but yellow ones work too. The salami brand my family uses is Induveca. It’s a Dominican staple and can be used in so many more ways than just a side for mangu. Also, make sure to slice your queso thicker so you have a soft, gooey center.

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Mangu Con Los Tres Golpes

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 slices queso de freir
  • 8 slices Dominican frying salami
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cold water
  • 1 cup frying oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, add sliced onion and vinegar and let marinate as you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. Peel plantain by cutting the skin alongside the edges. Cut plantain into 4 pieces for quicker cooking.
  3. In a small pot at medium to high heat, fill with water and plantain pieces, and cook until the plantains are soft.
  4. Once the plantains are soft, remove them from water, preserving about 2 tbsp water from cooking.
  5. In a large bowl, add soft plantain and butter, using a fork to mash the plantains.
  6. Add preserved cooking water and cold water and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside as your prepare the rest of the dish
  7. In a pan at low to medium heat, add frying oil. Add egg, season with salt and pepper, and cook, using a spoon to get the hot oil on the top of the egg. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  8. Add cheese slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  9. Add salami slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked remove from pan.
  10. Add onion slices marinating in vinegar to pan and cook until translucent. Once cooked remove from pan.
  11. Cut avocado and assemble dish. Enjoy!

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Dominican Beef Stew – Carne De Res Guisada Recipe

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I love Dominican food, and res guisada is one of my favorites. It’s hearty, comforting, and delicious, and it pairs perfectly with rice and beans to make La Bandera. La bandera, or the flag, is a the national dish of DR and it is matches the colors of the country’s flag and consists of rice, red beans, meat, and salad. I could eat la bandera every single day but that’s just me.

This recipe is simple to make and can be prepared in under an hour! You can let this simmer for longer than 20 minutes if you want a thicker stew, but don’t cook for longer than an hour to avoid overcooking.

La Bandera Dominicana

You can make this recipe using just about any cut of beef, just dice it into 1 inch pieces. And any color bell pepper works though I always pick the red ones :). Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Dominican Beef Stew - Carne De Res Guisada

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  • Difficulty: easy
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A traditional Dominican beef stew in under an hour.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, stems and leaves
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add beef, sazon, soy sauce, adobo, and lime. Mix and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, add oil and cook marinated beef on low heat.
  3. Once the beef is tender add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. After 2 minutes, add water and tomato paste and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice Recipe

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This stew is also known as menestra de lentejas. It’s a popular dish in Ecuador that uses lentils, though you can give it a go with any type of bean you have on hand. This recipe calls for minimal and basic ingredients that most of us always have on hand, so it’s known by many as a “poor man’s dish. But this dish is absolutely delicious!

I was not a huge fan of brown lentils before this recipe. I didn’t like the brown ones at all, though I love the black ones. So I had a bag full of brown lentils I had never used and now I know what to do with it. If you have some extra lentils on hand be sure to try this recipe out.

Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Also know as menestra de lentejas, this lentil dish is popular in Ecuador.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 white onion, whole
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, quartered
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro in a small pot on low heat and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. After 2 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients, turn to medium heat, and wait for a boil.
  3. Once the mixture has reached a boil cover with lid, lower heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Serve.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo Recipe

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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It’s a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while. I have a recipe already where I show you how I make my Jibarito, which is very similar to this recipe. However, that recipe used salted green plantains while this recipe uses sweet ripe plantains.

Patacon De Platano Maduro

Making these are so easy, just make sure that you use plantains that are ripe but not too ripe to where it won’t hold together after you press it. Also, don’t press the plantain too thin because that will also cause the plantain to fall apart.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It's a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while.


Ingredients

  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded grilled chicken
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, heat oil over low to medium heat.
  2. Peel the plantain, cut it in half, and then cut the plantain perpendicular to the first cut so that you have 4 pieces.
  3. Place the four plantain pieces into the pan and cook for a few minutes on both sides.
  4. Remove each plantain quarter from the pan and onto a cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board to press the plantain pieces.
  5. Put the pressed plantain pieces back to the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Combine jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  7. Assemble patacon starting with one plantain quarter, the shredded chicken, kale, mojo, and another plantain quarter.

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Dominican Beans- Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe

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Being half Dominicana, I LOVE rice and beans. Over the years I’ve perfected my rice by switching over to basmati rice, adjusting the water ratio, and tweaking the cook time. But I’ve never ever made habichuelas that I truly enjoyed. Before this recipe that is.

Now let me clear up that these beans are not made from SCRATCH since we are using canned beans, and that’s probably evident through the very short 45 minute cook time. Usually, you’d start with dry beans and that cook time is somewhere around 4 hours, and that’s not including soaking the beans overnight for 8-12 hours. This is the recipe for when you want beans but do not have the time.

Dominican Rice And Beans

You can use any bean for this recipe really, but for true Dominican beans use roman beans. Good alternatives would be pinto beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and red kidney beans.

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  • Servings: 4 people
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Classic habichuelas guisadas.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on
  • 1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, large diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can roman beans, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, auyama, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Vegan Chorizo With Seitan, Mushrooms, & Walnuts Recipe

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This recipe is a must try simply because of how flavorful the chorizo is! You practically forget you’re not eating the real thing lol.

No but seriously, the combination of seitan, mushrooms, and walnuts creates a very believable meat crumble. The addition of onion, garlic, and jalapeno creates a tone of freshness and the long list of spices brings the whole mixture to life. Apple cider vinegar creates a slight caramelization on the crumble.

Quesadilla With Vegan Chorizo

This chorizo can be made ahead of time for different types of meals such as quesadillas, tacos, tostadas, burritos, nachos, and so so so much more!

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A healthier option that has the same great flavors!


Ingredients

  • 1 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup portabello mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp corinader
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Chop the seitan, portabello mushrooms, and walnuts in a food processor.
  2. Combine all other ingredients and cook on an oiled pan on medium heat until the crumble is crispy.

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Black Beans & Chili Lime Seitan Recipe

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Tostada is spanish for toasted, and in this recipe we are working with a corn tortilla that is fried, or toasted, to work as a plate for toppings.

Refried beans are one of my favorite ways to use black beans, though this refried beans is traditionally made with pinto beans. This recipe for refried beans is so quick and simple, and is tailored for dry beans instead of canned beans. Cooking with dry beans creates a richer flavor throughout the beans and the mixture itself, and you skip the canned bean flavor! Of course, you can make this recipe with canned beans, but in my opinion it all doesn’t come together the same way.

Vegan Tostada With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

Seitan is one of my favorite plant-based meat alternatives because it’s so versatile. The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas will top any tostada you've ever had.

“Refried

– 2 servings Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas
– 4 cups water
– 1/2 cup black beans, soaked
– 1/2 onion
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin
– 1 sazon packet
– 1 cup cheese
– salt and pepper to taste

“Chili

– 2 seitan cutlets
– 1 lime, juiced
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp chili powder
– 1 pinch sugar
– salt and pepper to taste

“Refried

1. Combine water, beans, onion, garlic, and sazon packet in a deep pot. Cook until beans are tender.
2. Using a large ladel or spoon, scoop bean mixture onto a pan at low to medium heat. Stir frequently.
3. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper and mash the mixture using a fork.
4. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add the cheese and continue cooking until desired consistency.
5. Combine tostada.

“Chili

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Put entire mixture onto oiled pan at low to medium heat and cook until seitan is crispy.
3. Combine tostada.

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas Recipe

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I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again. Homemade tortillas hit different. And that goes for tostadas as well!

If you’ve never had a tostada let me put you on real quick. It’s essentially a raw corn tortilla fried in oil, making it crispy and kinda like a big, flat tortilla chip. You put toppings on it just like you would a taco and you enjoy! It’s absolutely delicious and the possibilities are endless with this one.

The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas are great for when you want to taste authentic mexican cuisine made right from your kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 & 1 tsp warm water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Combine masa harina with salt and slowly add warm water.
  2. Mix with your hands until a springy dough is created. It should not be sticky or crumbly.
  3. Wrap dough in damp paper towel and let rest in bowl for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, cut dough into 5-6 pieces and roll each piece flat using a rolling pin.
  5. Cut the dough into circles using a bowl or knife, and set aside to fry.
  6. Fry each piece of dough in a deep pan with oil on low to medium heat until the tostada is golden and crispy on both sides.
  7. Set aside and allow all excess oil to drip off, then serve with toppings of choice.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Spouts & Apples Recipe

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Brussel sprouts is one of those vegetables that a lot of people despise. I know this because I once was one of those people, until I gave brussels a true chance. In this recipe I show you a very different way to enjoy your brussel sprouts, with the unique addition of apples.

I know what you’re thinking, brussel sprouts and apples? No thanks. But this combo works surprisingly well together when glazed with sage and honey. I topped mine with parmesan because it adds a nice flavor profile and balances everything out.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Apples

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This combo may sound strange, but creates great flavors. Perfect as a side dish!


Ingredients

  • 10-12 brussel sprouts
  • 2 small red apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-4 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan optional

Directions

  1. Melt butter over low to medium heat.
  2. Add apples and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add brussel sprouts and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add sage and honey and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook until desired crispiness is achieved. Serve with parmesan.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

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Ropa vieja is the national dish of Cuba, but is also enjoyed in Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, and the Philippines. Many don’t know this, but ropa vieja originated in Spain. It literally translates to ‘old clothes’ and the story goes that a poor old man once shredded and cooked his own clothes because he could not afford food. He prayed over the bubbling concoction and a miracle turned the mixture into a tasty, rich meat stew.

While we don’t know how factual that story is, we do know that ropa vieja is over 500 years old and originated in the Iberian peninsula of Spain. The dish then traveled to the Americas with the Spanish people, where it became a staple dish across the Caribbean and Cuba.

The traditional recipe consists of shredded stewed beef with vegetables. I decided to try this traditional dish with a plant based meat alternative, in this case oyster mushrooms. The meat in this recipe is typically shredded or pulled, and you can achieve the same texture with an oyster mushroom.

To avoid squishy, soggy mushrooms, cook the mushrooms by themselves after they’ve been marinated for 15 minutes. While cooking, use a spatula to frequently press the mushrooms down on the pan. This helps the mushroom release excess water, resulting in a meatier mushroom.

I paired my ropa vieja with white rice, fried plantain, green beans, and sage honey glazed brussel sprouts and apples.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms

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A traditional Cuban dish made plant-based using oyster mushrooms.


Ingredients

  • 2 large oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 sliced green bell pepper
  • ½ diced white onion
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dry white cooking wine
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 sliced pimiento stuffed olives
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Clean mushrooms and cut into four pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook JUST the mushrooms over medium heat in a large pot, frequently squishing to with a spatula to create a meatier texture.
  4. Once the mushroom is crispy on both sides, add the marinade to the pot.
  5. Cook until the mixture has reached a boil, then lower heat and cover with lid.
  6. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, and serve with rice.

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style Recipe

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I love cucumbers because they’re so fresh and crispy. However, and I hate to admit it, cucumbers get boring. Luckily, I have put together this smashed cucumber salad recipe for us.

This cucumber salad is originally a Sichuan recipe. They smash the cucumbers until it naturally separate into 3-4 spears, which disrupts its internal structure in an unnatural way leaving some areas completely intact and crisp, while reducing other areas tender. While smashed, it absorbs flavors much faster, making it particularly tasty.

This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber! Though this recipe is traditionally a bit spicy, you can use the smashed cucumber method with an unlimited kinds of dressings.I paired my salad with fried rice and vegan sesame chicken!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber.

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Use a cutting board to smash against the cucumber until it naturally splits in 3-4 pieces.
  2. Chop those pieces into bite size cubes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and either serve or let chill in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Classic Chickpea Hummus

Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe

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Hummus is truly one of a kind. Classic, healthy, and so delicious!

I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. “Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian. For this reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods.

I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.

Once the chickpeas are cooked though, this recipe is super simple. 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.

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Simple Chickpea Hummus

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Classic, silky hummus better than anything you'd buy at the store.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
  2. Add chickpeas and blend.
  3. Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Taste for salt.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 239 calories; 7.3 g fat; 35.1 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 61 mg sodium.

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