Four Great Puerto Rican Appetizers
A Great Start To A Great Meal
So you decided to have some friends over to have a Puerto Rican meal and you start off with some Caribbean drinks like Rum & Cokes or Mojitos or even Pina Coladas. Then what? A great appetizer should be either sweet, savory or both. Here are four of my favorite. First is Tostones or fried green plantains. Sprinkled with salt they also make a great side dish. Next is guava paste &Gouda cheese on your favorite cracker. My third appetizer is a guava & goat cheese Empanada. My fourth appetizer is a beef Empanada with ground beef, capers, onions, garlic, salsa, olives, raisins, and Italian cheese blend.
Tostones are fairly easy to make, make sure that the plantains are green! In 2-3 days they will turn yellow and too sweet to use for Tostones. Cut them into about 3/4 in slices and fry them until just brown in cooking oil. Then flatten them with a plate or metal spatula and then refry them until done, then sprinkle with salt and serve
The Guava & Goat Cheese Empanada is made by taking a pre-made egg role shell cut in half, put equal amounts of guava paste and goat cheese leaving about 1/2 around filling, moisten around filing with water on your finger tip, and then crimp with a fork. Fry to a golden brown.Then sprinkle with powdered sugar, it also makes a quick desert.
The Beef Empanada is made by taking a pre-made egg role shell cut in half, the filing is ground beef with soffrito add Italian cheese blend. Leave 1/2 in.around filing, moisten around filing with egg white on your finger tip, and then crimp with a fork. Fry to a golden brown. You can paint on some Texas Pete with a basting brush, but that part is optional!
Tostones two plantains
Guava Paste & Gouda Cheese 1 box of club crackers, 1 16 oz box Goya Guava paste, 12 oz Gouda Cheese
Guava Paste & Goat Milk Cheese Empanada 1 Package off egg roll shells, 1 16 oz box Goya Guava paste, 12 oz Goat Milk Cheese
Beef Empanada 1lb. ground beef, 10 medium olives sliced, half a large onion diced,1 tbs. minced garlic, 1tbs. capers, 4 tbs. salsa, 1/4 cup of raisins, one Goya sazon flavor pack (con culantro y achiote). 1/8 tsp.salt,1/8 tsp. pepper, 2 tbs olive oil
Directions for soffritto
Sauté diced onion in olive oil until soft & transparent then add minced garlic, add olives and capers, next add salsa salt & pepper and Goya flavor pack then set aside. Brown hamburger in 2 tbs. olive oil when done, add to soffrito. Add 1/4 cup raisins & 1 cup of Italian Cheese blend.
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