Garlic Quinoa

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 19:18

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
2 cups water or broth
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sauté the onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes; add garlic and continue sautéing for another 30 seconds. Add quinoa, water and salt to pan; bring to boil then reduce heat then cover and simmer 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Serve warm.


Oven Baked Plantains / Platanos Verde al Horno

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 19:17

Serves 4

4 very ripe plantains
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices.
Arrange in single layer, sprinkle with cinnamon, and coat tops with cooking spray. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender.


Potato Stuffed with Crab meat / Crab meat Causa / Causa Rellena con Cangrejo

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 19:13

Serves 6

4 lbs golden potatoes, boiled and peeled
1/2 cup aji amarillo paste / yellow hot pepper paste
3/4 cup oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
12 ounces of crab meat
1 cup mayonnaise or more if needed.
2 avocados, peeled and sliced
1 Boiled egg, sliced
1 tomato, peeled and thinly sliced
Chopped parsley, for garnish

Mash the potatoes. Allow potatoes to cool until they are comfortable to handle.


Green Mayonnaise / Creole Mayonnaise / Mayonesa Criolla / Mayonesa Vede

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:59


2 eggs
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh ají (chili), seeded and deveined, pureed
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon mustard
1 cup olive oil


Place eggs in the blender and add mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and fresh aji. Turn on blender and start adding a thin stream of olive oil until mayonnaise has a sauce consistency.
Remove from blender and stir in chopped parsley and cilantro.


Amazon Grilled Sea Bass / Grilled Sea Bass wrapped in banana leaves

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:51

Serves 6


6 Sea bass fillets or other firm white fish
16 thin fresh lemon slices
8 sprigs fresh thyme
8 large banana leaves, soaked in water to make them easier to work with
12 toothpicks (soak them in water)
1 tablespoon olive oil



Peruvian Hominy Salad / Ensalda de Mote

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:46

Peruvian Salad

1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup sliced radish
2 large potatoes, cooked and sliced
1/2 cup sliced olives
1/2 cup frozen Lima beans, thawed
1/2 cup canned white hominy, drained
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced


Lentils and Spinach / Lentejas con Espinacas

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:45

Serves 2

Ingredientes :

1 cup of lentil
2 cups of water
1 lb baby spinach leaves
1 tsp oil
1 small onion, minced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (1 tbsp for decoration)
1/3 cup plain yogurt (optional)


Boil lentils with salty water. Lower the heat and allow to cook until soft. Drain any extra water. Set on the side.


Purple Corn Pudding / Mazamorra Morada

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:38

Ingredients :

2 lbs purple corn
1 quince, peeled and diced
2 apples, peeled and diced
2 peaches, peeled and diced
3 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
1 medium size pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
12 dried peaches
12 prunes, pitted
½ currants
13 oz sugar
3/4 cup cornstarch
Juice of 1 key lime
Ground cinnamon


Place purple corn in a large pan with 12 cups of water together with the fruit peels, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 2 cloves. Boil for 20 minutes or until water turns into a deep purple color. Strain and keep purple corn water.


Meat Filled Corn Cake / Pastel de Choclo Relleno con Carne

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:34

Ingredients :
Corn Cake:
8 corns (large corn kernels)
¾ cup milk
¾ cup margarine
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons pisco
4 eggs separated yolk from white

1 ground beef
1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon ají amarillo en pasta / fresh yellow hot chili pepper paste
1 onion, chopped
15 raisins
2 hard boiled eggs, cut in slices
3 olives, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon minced cilantro
Sugar to sprinkle on top

Corn Cake:
Blend or process corn kernels with milk.


Refried Rice and Beans Simple / Tacu Tacu Simple / Calentado

CitizenFood Sat, 02/07/2009 - 18:21

Serves 4

1 can of beans (any type you prefer)
1 pound bacon, diced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup ají amarillo paste / hot yellow pepper paste
1 cup cooked rice
Salt and pepper

Drain liquid from the beans can. Mash beans with a spoon or fork, just enough to obtain a rough pure.