Okay! This is really exciting. Y'all know that I love cooking and being in the kitchen. I love creating fun new things and being in the kitchen. There really is no better joy for me. Being able to feed my family and bring smiles to their faces through food is really like no other.
AND. It's also fun to get creative in the kitchen using other recipes too. I love surfing Pinterest and google for inspiration and see what's new and fun out there. So, I thought I would start sharing some recipes that I've loved, used, and tested in my own kitchen, plus my own thoughts on the recipe--what worked, what didn't, etc. I'm so excited to be sharing these with you. I hope that you find the inspiration to try something new in your own kitchens!
Arepas! I am so in love with arepas. If you've never had arepas you are really missing out. They are these super soft and yummy Latin sandwiches where the main bread is made out of corn instead of flour. I always was a little intimidated by the idea of making them. It just seemed very complicated. But, I found this recipe and tried it, and it was SO SUPER EASY. I 1.5x this to make it enough for my family and it yielded 8 arepas. for the filling go bananas! I put mashed avocado and a mushroom filing. I did let the dough rest for about 15 minutes vs. the 5 mentioned in the recipe. No other changes made.
Plaintain Fries! Okay, plantains. Have you had them? The more astringent cousin of the banana and definitely not as sweet. I've done a million things with plantains before. One of my favorite thing to do is make fritters out of them. I thought let me try my hand at making fries. Why not to round out my Latin-inspired meal. I'm not super confident in my deep-frying skills, so I found this one recipe that shallow fried the plantains. I was super excited to try this out. Few things that I did was I didn't pre-season them. Honestly, just forgot. So I just threw some oil in the pan, and shallow fried them until they were nice and browned on all sides! Once they were done, I threw some salt and Cajun seasoning on them, and garnished them with some chopped cilantro. Ok. WHAT A HIT! Super easy, and yummy, and crispy, and full of goodness.
Okay my friends. That is what I have for you today. I hope you try these recipes out! Let me know what you guys think below!
Much love to all of you!