Appetizer

Guava Cheese Empanadas

Guava Cheese Empanadas
Empanadas are pastries filled with either meat, seafood, or cheese. This recipe includes Guava paste with cream cheese - a classic Cuban combination. It is sweet and flavorful - perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a sweet snack!!
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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Snack, Appetizer, Dessert
Ingredients
  • Frozen empanada disks 1 Pack
  • 1 package of low fat softened cream cheese 12 Oz.
  • 1 can of guava paste cut into small cubes 16 Oz.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar
  • bowl with water
Preparation
  1. Take each empanada disc and place a piece of your guava paste in the middle, then spoon a teaspoon of cream cheese on top. Fold the empanada in half to create a half moon shape.
  2. Dip your finger in water and wet the rounded side of your half moon. Using a fork, press on the round part to seal in your filling. Continue to do for the rest of your empanadas.
  3. Heat a large non-stick saute pan or caldero and add oil to coat the whole pan.
  4. Once heated, add 2 or 3 empanadas, so they fit side by side. Cook on one side until golden brown then flip to do the same on the other. Once the empanada “bubbles” up, place on a platter lined with paper towel to let cool and soak up any excess oil.
  5. Sprinkle powdered sugar and serve warm

Mexican Beer Battered Tempura

Mexican Beer Battered Tempura
Tempura is the quintessential Japanese deep fried dish. We put a twist on it using Mexican beer to add a unique flavor. Try frying shrimp, sweet potato, red pepper, and asparagus!
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Cuisine: Fusion
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Lunch, Dinner
Ingredients
  • bottle of cold Mexican beer, such as Corona or Dos Equis 1
  • flour, plus more for flouring 1 cup
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • large raw shrimp 6
  • small sweet potato 1
  • small red pepper 1
  • asparagus spears 6
  • vegetable oil for frying 1.5 quarts
  • Tempura sauce or dumpling sauce for dipping
Preparation
  1. In a bowl mix 1 cup beer into flour. Then add enough beer until batter is smooth and lightly coats a spoon. There will be lumps. Mix in salt.
  2. Make several shallow cuts across the inside curve of each shrimp and press shrimp gently to help prevent curling.
  3. Flour vegetables pieces and shrimp and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in IMUSA wok until it reaches 375° F.
  5. Working in small batches, dredge each vegetables piece until they are completely coated, and place in IMUSA wok, turning often, until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Place on drip tray. Dredge shrimp last and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  6. Serve tempura with dipping sauce right away.
  7. Note: You may use many other sliced vegetables for this recipe including mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and turnips.
 

Crab Cakes with Mango Curry Aioli

Crab Cakes with Mango Curry Aioli
Enjoy a delicious seafood delicacy as a snack or serve it as an appetizer. Chef Ana Quincoces shows us how to prepare her mouthwatering and easy to make Crab Cakes with Mange and Curry Aioli.
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Cuisine: More Delicious Recipes
Recipe type: Appetiser, side dish, snack
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb lump crabmeat
  • ¾ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ a red bell pepper diced very small
  • 2 scallions sliced very thin
  • 1 tspn. hot sauce
  • 1 tspn. worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the aioli
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 2 Tspn. mango chutney
  • ¼ cup mango diced small
  • ¼ cup read onion diced
  • 3 Tspn. fresh basil chopped
  • 1 - 2 tspn. curry powder (taste after adding 1 tspn, add additional if stronger curry flavor is desired)
  • 2 Tspn. Fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tspn. each of salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2-3 Tspn. olive oil
Preparation
  1. Drain the crabmeat and pick through it carefully making sure to discard any cartilage. In a large bowl, mix the crabmeat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg, red pepper, green onions, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and salt and pepper until combined. Shape the mixture into 12 crab cakes being careful not to overwork the mix. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. In another bowl combine the mayo and sour cream and stir well. Add all the remaining ingredients for the aioli, stir well, and set aside covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook crab cakes until crisp and golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Top with alioli.
 

Coffee Rubbed Carnitas Tamales with Salsa Verde

Coffee Rubbed Carnitas Tamales with Salsa Verde
Who doesn't love tamales? and who doesn't love coffee?? Chef George Duran combined these two delicious treats and created his all new coffee rubbed tamales with carnitas and green sauce recipe. Delight your taste buds with this mouthwatering dish and Buén Provecho!
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: lunch, dinner, side dish, snack
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Ingredients
  • Carnitas:
  • 1 Tbslp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tblsp. instant espresso coffee
  • 1 Tblsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ⅛ tsp. coriander
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4-5 lb. pork shoulder
  • 2 Tblsp. vegetable oil
  • Tamales:
  • 4 C. Maseca flour
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • Dried corn husk, soaked in warm water for at least an hour
  • salt
  • Salsa Verde:
  • 12 tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeds removed
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tblsp. lime juice
Preparation
  1. To make carnitas, mix first 9 dry ingredients in a bowl. Rub pork shoulder throughout with the dry rub and allow to rest for a couple of hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in the IMUSA pressure cooker and brown pork shoulder on all sides. Add enough water to almost cover the shoulder (about 3 cups) and close and lock lid. Allow to come to pressure on high heat, then lower heat to the minimum needed to maintain pressure. Cook for 60 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and allow pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes). Pull out the meat and using two forks, shred pork meat, removing excess fat. Set aside and reserve liquid in pressure cooker.
  4. Make tamales by mixing 4 cups of Maseca flour with 2-3 cups reserved pork stock, butter and 1 tsp. salt, until you achieve the consistency peanut butter.
  5. Assemble the tamales by using a rubber spatula to spread about ¼ to ½ cup of dough mixture onto the center of the corn husk. Add some pulled carnitas in the center and gently fold one side of the corn husk to the other end and tie a knot at the larger end with a thin strip of corn husk, or fold up bottom end to prevent masa from slipping out. Fold over the other side of the tamale to close it.
  6. Once all of the tamales have been assembled place them right side up into the IMUSA pressure cooker on top of a metal steaming basket, filled with an inch or two of water.
  7. Close and lock pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes under pressure. Use the rapid release method to remove pressure.
  8. To make the salsa verde, add all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency. Season to taste and serve on top of each tamale.
 

Sweet Plantain Soup

Sweet Plantain Soup
Plantains are found in just about every type of dish in the Caribbean - even soup! This unique soup has a slightly sweet taste due to the ripe plantains that are used.
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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Appetizer, Soup, Lunch, Dinner
Ingredients
  • olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • large onion 1
  • carrot 2
  • garlic cloves 6
  • chicken stock 12 cups
  • large ripened plantains 4
  • cumin 2 teaspoons
  • fresh cilantro 2 cups
  • heavy cream 1 cup
Preparation
  1. In an IMUSA STOCKPOT add oil and sauté’ onions, carrots, and garlic until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add chicken stock, plantains, cumin, and cilantro and bring to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and using tongs or a slotted spoon remove about half of the sliced plantains and set aside.
  4. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup inside the IMUSA STOCKPOT until smooth. Alternatively, you may purée batches of the soup in
  5. a blender.
  6. Add reserved plantains back to the soup and mix in the heavy cream. Bring soup back to heat and serve.
 
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