Popular Latin American Cooking Recipes

Latin American food is aromatic, tasty and colorful, simple and mostly easy to prepare. They use local ingredients, and that's why you will find many differences between different local cuisines. There are several really popular Latin American cooking recipes you can try preparing in your own kitchen.

Brazilian empanadas are very popular, and it isn't complicated to make them. You need three cups of flour, some salt, one small spoon of turmeric, ten tablespoons of butter, six tablespoons of shortening, one egg and one half cup of beer for the dough. First you have to mix dry ingredients with butter, and then you have to add the egg and the beer, and leave the dough to rest.

Now you have to prepare the filling. Saute one diced onion on two tablespoons of butter, add one can of diced palm hearts and two small diced tomatoes. After few minutes, add some Sherry and one spoon of tomato paste. When it is done, add peeled and diced shrimp, maybe one half pound. Add some salt and fresh ground pepper.

Make thin rounds of your dough and place the filling on each piece. Brush edges with egg yolk and seal them in half. You can use fork to do that. Fry empanadas in deep oil, preheated on 190 degrees. These tasty empanadas may be served hot or cold, as snacks or as a side dish.

There are so many varieties of famous Cuban sandwiches. Although, today is quite common to put salad, mayonnaise or even ketchup in there. In fact, real ones are much simpler. Traditional recipe contains four slices of ham and roast pork, three slices of cheese, Cuban bread with hard crust, yellow mustard and pickle slices. French bread can be used instead, if you cannot find Cuban bread.

Coconut rice is another traditional dish that is easy to prepare and tastes really great. You will need two cups of long grain rice, the same amount of water, one can of coconut milk, one or two tablespoons of sugar, some salt, half cup of good raisins and the same amount of toasted coconut flakes.

Cook rice, sugar, salt and coconut milk until water evaporate. Stir occasionally. Cover the saucepan and continue cooking on the lowest temperature for maybe twenty minutes. Add raisins, stir and leave it covered for two minutes. Serve sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes.

A type of doughnut called Churro is one really popular snack. There are so many different recipes for preparing it, and all are really simple. All you need is two cups of flour, water, salt, some sugar, according to your taste and four spoons of vegetable oil, and some salt.

Place three spoons of sugar, some salt and three spoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan and let it boil. Pour in two cups of flour and stir until you get a ball of dough. Make long strips using pastry bag. Fry in hot vegetable oil, until golden and drain on kitchen towels. Roll each doughnut in the mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and that's it. Simple, funny and delicious.

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