Snack

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.

 

Tostones

Tostones
Tostones, a traditional side dish made of green plantain is also known as “Patacones”. There is great debate on the origin of the Tostone, however, you may find them in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. The process is simple and the flavor is delicious – a staple to serve with many of our main dish recipes. Tools needed include: Wood plantain press and a nonstick saute pan.

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish, Warm Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • Green Plantains
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. To peel the plantain, use a sharp knife to remove the ends, then carefully slice the peel lengthwise, 3 or 4 times all around, without piercing through to the “meat” of the plantain. Remove the peel with your hands. Cut the plantain into 1½-inch pieces. One large plantain yields about 6 tostones.
  3. Cook the plantain in the boiling water 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through. You can check for doneness by carefully piercing a toothpick through to the center – if it slides in easily, the plantains are cooked. Transfer the plantains to a paper towel to dry.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large IMUSA NON-STICK SAUTE PAN over medium-high heat. Add the plantains to the pan, flat side down, and allow them to toast for 3 minutes on each end, until golden brown. Remove the plantains from the pan, but do not remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Use your IMUSA WOOD PLANTAIN PRESS to carefully smash the plantains. Because you are using little oil, they may stick to the plantain press, so use a rubber spatula to help you remove the tostones.
  6. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Then transfer the tostones back to the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy. Transfer to a serving dish and season with salt.

 

Tostones Rellenos

Tostones Rellenos
Tostones, a traditional side dish made of green plantain, are also known as “Patacones”. There are several ways to add variety to this delicious staple in many Latin American and Caribbean countries – we show you how with this recipe using shrimp!

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Side Dish, Warm Appetizer, Snack

Ingredients
  • Small cooked shrimp
  • Large Diced Tomato 1
  • Paprika 1 tsp
  • Small onion
  • Chopped cilantro ½ Cup
  • Lemon juice 1 Tbsp
  • Green plantains 2
  • Vegetable oil
  • Optional hot sauce*

Preparation
  1. Combine the first six ingredients, mix well to coat and refrigerate the shrimp mixture for a couple before serving or overnight!
  2. Heat your IMUSA skillet and add about an inch of oil.
  3. Cut the plantains into ½ pieces and fry them in the hot oil until lightly browned. While removing each from the oil, press down on each with a wooden or non-stick spoon to hollow out the plantain so it looks like a small cup.
  4. Put each plantain cup back in the hot oil to let it crisp up some more. Another 5 minutes.
  5. Spoon in your cooled shrimp mixture into each cup and serve!

Skinny Sweet Plantains

Skinny Sweet Plantains
Fried Sweet Plantains (or Platanos Maduros) are a staple in Latin American cooking, in fact very few of these dishes are complete without them. The recipe involves using very ripe plantains which give a unique sweet flavor. This recipe shows you how to make a healthier version with less oil.

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Snack, Side dish, Lunch, Dinner

Ingredients
  • Olive Juice 1 tbsp
  • Very ripe plantain 1
  • Water ¼ cup

Preparation
  1. Heat the olive oil in your IMUSA non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Peel the plantain, then slice it on the diagonal into ½-inch slices, or tajadas.
  2. Place the plantains in the pan in an even layer and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the plantains are golden.
  3. Carefully add the water to the pan. Cook until the water evaporates, and the plantains are juicy and cooked through.

Mofongo “Plantain Mash”

Mofongo “Plantain Mash”
Mofongo is a fried plantain-based dish from Puerto Rico. It is typically made with fried green plantains mashed with spices and pork cracklings or bits of bacon. You can top it with vegetables, seafood, chicken, pork, or beef.

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Brunch

Ingredients
  • Green plantains 6-8
  • Head of garlic 1
  • Salt 2 tsp
  • Pork or ham steak 1 Package

Preparation
  1. Add the salt pork or ham pieces to your IMUSA pan, and cook until crispy then set aside.
  2. Fill your IMUSA Dutch oven half way with water, add salt cover and bring to a boil.
  3. While the water is boiling, peel your plantains and cut into 2 inch pieces then add to water. Cook plantains until soft; drain (reserving the water into another pot), then add plantains to a large bowl.
  4. Using a potato masher or pilon, start mashing your plantains and slowly mixing in your garlic and pork or ham pieces. Spoon in some of the hot liquid reserve if mixture starts to get to sticky.
  5. Using a small soup bowl; spoon some of the mixture in and then turn upside down onto a flat plate and serve immediately.