Llapingacho: Ecuadorean Potato Patties stuffed with Cheese

By |October 19th, 2009|

Llapingachos are seasoned potato patties seasoned filled with cheese. It has been over 15 years since I have eaten llapingacho – as a matter of fact today is the first time I have ever made it. I am very glad I did, especially because my husband loved them so much, he could not stop eating […]

Está Picante!: Salsa de Ají Ecuatoriana

By |October 19th, 2009|

Coat your stomach with some yogurt like our friends from India do, because this is SPICY! Well, I may be exaggerating, but this condiment packs up the heat! Ají is the Ecuadorean version of Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce (“I put that sh** on everything!”). It is made with ajies, which are red […]

Chucula: Ecuadorean Sweet Plantain Puddin

By |October 18th, 2009|

Chucula (choo-COO-lah) is an Ecuadorean dessert made using sweet plantains. Traditionally chucula has the consistency of a banana smoothie and it is drunk cold. I remember having it more in the consistency of a pudding, and I ate it warm. If you like to have it the traditional way, double the […]

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Torta de Choclo: Ecuadorean Fresh Corn Souffle

By |October 15th, 2009|

This is a very simple corn souffle, Torta de Choclo (TOHR-tah deh CHOH-cloh). While you can use canned corn for this, there is nothing better than using fresh corn. It makes a great side dish, as well as a really yummy afternoon snack. Back home, I remember eating this for breakfast sometimes. My mom loved […]

Arroz con Menestra y Carne Asada: Rice with Lentil Stew with Grilled Steak

By |October 13th, 2009|

I L.O.V.E this meal. Menestra is a traditional Ecuadorean lentil stew, although I remember eating menestras made with black or pinto beans as well. Menestra uses aliño and refrito as a base; this is where all the flavor comes from.

My nana used to soak the lentils overnight, but I have found that as long as […]

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