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Guatemalan Cuisine: Salpicón

Salpicón is one of my favorite local dishes; it’s made out of beef stock that you get from cooking a cut of round-eye beef in a pressure cooker.  Once the meat is cooked, you leave the stock aside and process the cooked meat in the food processor to get a really fine mince. You add chopped onion, tomato, cilantro and radish to your processed meat, all these additional ingredients are uncooked.  Radishes are optional, and some people also like to use a few spearmint leaves which gives the dish a particular flavor.

I hadn’t made salpicón in my own home until recently for one solitary reason. Pressure cookers scare me.  But, I decided to buy one and try not think about all the stories I’ve heard about them blowing their tops in people’s kitchens.  They have extra safety gadgets now, so I tried to convince myself that everything would be fine, and it was.

When I was taught to make this dish, I was instructed not to add salt to the pot at first, that instead I should add salt to the stock when the meat was already cooked.  I am doing as I am told, so let’s all do it that way. Another tip I was given is when heating the stock at the end, to dump a small bunch of cilantro and let it cook for about 10 minutes, roots and all.  You can fish it out before serving, and it will give your stock a wonderful flavor.

I really hope our international readers give this recipe a try, you will love it. It’s actually a healthy dish full of delicious flavor and it is so comforting.  Of course, it is not complete if you don’t have corn tortillas, white rice a good squeeze of lime juice and some avocado to add to your bowl.

Helga

Salpicón

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Little Foodies: Rustic Mini Pizzas

If you have a little time in the afternoon, you can ask your child if they want to make pizza for dinner. It’s easy clean up for mom, and all you need is to have the topping ingredients on hand and a 1 pound package of store-bought puff pastry. Help them out by beginning to roll out the dough for them and let them do the rest. The topping variations and combinations are endless, use whatever your family likes best. At home, we like a basic pizza so we used tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham and fresh basil for ours. Let your children pile on as much or as little of the toppings as they want, and after 15-20 minutes in the oven your little rustic pizzas will be ready.

Have fun!

 Helga & Kitty

Safety Alert! 

  • Be sure the adult takes the pizzas in and out of the oven. Depending on their age, the adult should cut the pastry squares.

Recipes for Kids: Rustic Mini Pizzas

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Homemade Minestrone Soup

I know, I was due to publish this recipe for a while now (look at our Instagram posts here and here). So here it is, Homemade Minestrone Soup… comfort in a bowl. As with many recipes, there is no standard way to make this, it’s simply an Italian soup made with seasonal vegetables that often includes pasta, rice, beans and different herbs. This particular recipe is from my One Pot Cookbook, with small variations, such as using fresh tomatoes instead of canned, I also left out ¼ head of cabbage and used some spinach instead, and I also left out the red pepper flakes because of my daughter. You can always add a little spice to your own bowl after serving.

I love recipes that I can make using one skillet, one baking dish or one pot, they are fast and usually very hearty, and cleanup is easy.  This is a recipe where I do prefer to use canned beans, such as cannellini because they are a bit larger than the dried beans we find in Guatemala, and their texture is creamier, and if possible use fresh herbs instead of dried. So, keep this recipe around for when the weather starts getting a little colder. Fall is just around the corner.

Helga

Homemade Minestrone Soup

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