Papa Rellena (Potato stuffed with Beef)

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This is a very popular Peruvian dish which can be easily made in any country. Traditionally it has a bit of Peruvian chili paste (Aji panca) but you can also use any hot sauce or skip it all together. I’m out of Peruvian chili paste at the moment so I just used Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce. I also coated them in panko, because I find that you don’t get a nice even color with just flour. Plus panko adds crunchiness, so I am all for it. This is one of my childhood favorites and my mom still makes it when I visit her.

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This recipe makes about 7 stuffed potatoes.

Ingredients:

For the potato mash:

1 ½ kilos of potatoes, use starchy potatoes like Russet (or how it is called here: kruimige)

Salt

1 egg white

¼ cup of all-purpose flour

For the beef filling:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

300grs of minced beef

1 tablespoon of Aji panca, or any hot sauce

¼ cup of tomato puree

50gr of pitted Kalamata olives, chopped

¼ cup of raisins, chopped

2 boiled eggs

2 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Pinch of sugar

Salt

Pepper

For the salsa criolla:

2 red onions, chopped

2 bird’s eye chili, chopped

4 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Juice of ½ lime

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Extras:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 ½ cups of panko

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups of vegetable oil for pan-frying

 

Boil the potatoes until tender. Then carefully peel them while they are still hot and mash them. Add salt to taste. Let it cool down a bit until you can handle touching the mash. Add the egg white and flour. Knead the dough with your hands making sure there are no lumps. Then cover it and start making the filling.

Place the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and minced beef. Cook until the beef starts to get brown. Then add the garlic and hot sauce, cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, olives, raisins, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes while stirring, or until the beef is cooked through. Then turn off the heat and add the coriander.

Place the eggs in a saucepan, add boiling water and let them cook for 8 minutes. Peel off the shells and chop them. Add them to the meat mixture and mix well.

Take about 1 cup of the potato dough and flatten it with your hands, add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the beef filling in the middle and them shape it into a sort of football. Make sure the filling is not sticking out. Repeat for all.

Once all the stuffed potatoes are done, have the coating ready. Coat each potato in the egg, then flour, then egg again and finally in the panko. Set it aside and repeat for the rest.

To make the salsa criolla, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the potatoes in batches. I like to do only 2 at a time because they get golden quite fast. And you need to be careful when flipping them so they don’t break. Since the are already cooked, you just have to pan-fry them till they are evenly golden. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve them right away with the salsa criolla.

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Sweet Potato Rolls Stuffed with Chinese BBQ Chicken

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This is something you can do with the leftovers from the holidays. I used rotisserie chicken and I mixed it with some Chinese BBQ sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. But you can use leftover turkey or pork instead or just keep them vegetarian.

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This recipe makes 28 small rolls, I made half on a cast iron skillet and half on an oven dish.

For the dough:

7 grs of dry yeast

½ cup of cream, lukewarm

¼ cup of milk

½ cup of mashed sweet potatoes (I roasted them until tender)

3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

2 eggs

For the filling:

2 ½ cups of chopped rotisserie chicken, leftover turkey or pork

2 tablespoons of Chinese BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

Extras:

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

 

Place the lukewarm cream and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer and let it sit for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes have passed, add the remaining ingredients for the dough to the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured working area, it will be very sticky so flour your hands as well. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Place all of the ingredients for the filling in a pan over medium heat and just stir until the chicken is evenly coated. I like to mix it in a pan because the Chinese BBQ sauce is quite sticky and hard to mix unless it’s warm. Set it aside

Once the hour has passed, lightly oil the cast iron skillet or oven dish in which you are going to bake the rolls.

Place the dough in your floured working area. Punch it and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Grab one piece and slice it into 14 pieces. Make each piece into a ball, flatten it and stuff it with about 1 tablespoon of the filling. Close the edges by pinching them together and form a ball again. Place the bun on the prepared skillet, repeat for the rest of the dough.

Cut a big piece of plastic wrap and brush it with some vegetable oil. Then cover the rolls with it and let them rest for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 10 to 15 minutes before the second rise is done, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Remove the plastic wrap from the skillet and brush the buns with the egg wash.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

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Chanterelle Quinoa “Risotto” Stuffed Cabbage with Butternut Squash Puree

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The chanterelles were calling my name at the market so I got some and made a quinoa risotto with them. In the spirit of fall, I stuffed savoy cabbage leaves with it and served the rolls over a butternut squash puree.

This recipe makes 8 rolls.

Ingredients:

For the quinoa risotto:

1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa

300grs of chanterelles, brushed clean and chopped

2 tablespoons of butter

1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/3 teaspoon of onion powder

Salt

½ cup of white wine

200gr of crème fraiche

1 bunch of parsley, chopped

40gr of grated Parmesan

Zest of 1 lemon

For the butternut squash puree:

1 medium butternut squash

1/3 cup of cream

Salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Celery salt

Extras:

8 savoy cabbage leaves

2 litters of vegetable stock to boil the cabbage

 

Boil the cabbage leaves in the vegetable stock for 20 minutes. Then drain them and trim off the tough part of the outer spines of the leaves. Set aside.

To make the pure, slice the butternut squash into chunks. Take the seeds out and place the chunks in a plate. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and microwave for 9 minutes. Once the squash is cooked, be careful when you remove the plastic wrap so that the steam coming out doesn’t burn you. Spoon out the flesh of the squash and place it in medium bowl. Add the cream, a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt and salt. Blend it until smooth using an immersion blender. Taste for seasoning and set aside.

To make the quinoa risotto, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the chanterelles, garlic powder, onion powder and a pinch of salt. Cook until the mushrooms are lightly golden, about 4 minutes.  You can set a bit of the mushrooms aside for garnishing the plate later.

Add the wine, quinoa and stir until most of the wine evaporates. Then add the crème fraiche, parmesan and parsley. Stir for about 5 minutes, until the parmesan has melted and most of the liquid has evaporated.  Add the lemon zest and mix it. Taste for salt and pepper. Set aside.

Warm the butternut puree in the microwave or in a pan.

Warm the cabbage leaves in the microwave only for a few seconds. Pat them dry with paper towels.

Stuff each leave with about 6 tablespoons of the quinoa. Roll it, tucking in the ends. Repeat for the remaining leaves.

To serve, spread some of the butternut squash puree on each plate. Place a cabbage roll in the middle and garnish with some sautéed chanterelles.

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Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

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Lately I have been into making stuffed cookies; I blame my sweet tooth on the cold weather. Bikini season is far, far away still, so a little overindulgence won’t hurt. Since I can’t have tropical weather at the moment, at least I can eat something that evokes summer to me.  Coconut, rum and lime. I really love this combination, so I thought of putting them together in cookie form.  This recipe makes about 19 cookies.

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For the cookie dough:

113gr butter, at room temperature

½ cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of icing sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

2 cups of all-purpose flour

Juice of 5 limes

Zest of 3 limes

For the filling:

5 bounty chocolate bars

For the glaze:

1 1/3 cup of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of Malibu rum

Juice of 1 lime

 

To make the cookie dough, cream the butter with the granulated sugar and icing sugar until light and fluffy.  Then mix in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour. Finally add the lime zest and lime juice.

Once it is all mixed, cover and let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.  You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Open all of the bounty bars. Slice each piece into 3 parts.

Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and start shaping the cookies.

Take about a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then flatten it, pressing with both your hands.  Place a piece of the bounty bar in the middle. Bring the edges of the dough together and press to seal them and then form a ball again.  Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all the cookies are done.  The dough is quite sticky, I found it easier to wash my hands after assembling 5 cookies, and then start to assemble them again.

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Bake them for about 10 minutes, until the edges start getting golden.  Then remove from the oven, let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Once the cookies have cooled down, start making the glaze.  Mix the icing sugar, Malibu and lime juice in a small bowl.  Pour the glaze in a Ziploc bag, and snip off one of the corners of the bag. Use it as a piping bag and drizzle over each cookie.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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I’ve been a bit addicted to the new strawberry cheesecake Lindt chocolate bar for the last 2 months.  Whenever I get my hands on one of those chocolate bars, it just disappears within minutes. My hubby doesn’t really like those bars, so I don’t really have to share. Nom nom nom. I wanted to make a cookie version of it. I was testing the recipe yesterday with a friend of mine, who was also my hand model.  I baked the rest of the cookies today and had them for breakfast with my hubby. It was a nice way to start a very chilly Saturday morning. This recipe makes about 11 cookies.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

57gr butter, softened

50gr sugar

50gr brown sugar

1 small egg

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

½ cup of all-purpose flour

30gr of cacao powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of milk

For the filling:

50gr cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of icing sugar

1 tablespoons of strawberry jam

2 drops of vanilla extract

 

To make the filling, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until combined. I mixed it with a fork and then blended it to make it smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap and leave it in the freezer until ready to use. It is better if you leave it there overnight.  The next day it will have an ice cream like consistency and will be easier to fill the cookies.

To make the cookies, first cream the butter and then add the white and brown sugar.  Mix until it is light and fluffy. Then add the egg and the vanilla. Mix well and add the rest of the dry ingredients. Finally add the milk. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This dough is quite sticky so the longer it is in the fridge the better.  You can also just leave it in the fridge overnight and the next day assemble the cookies and bake them.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Take the dough out of the fridge and grab a bit more than a teaspoon of the dough and start making a ball. Repeat for all of the dough. You will need 2 balls to make one cookie.

Take the filling out of the freezer.

To assemble the cookie, flatten 1 ball with the palm of your hand (this will be the base of the cookie).  Then flatten another ball. Grab the first flattened ball, place a bit of the filling in the middle. Then cover the cookie with the other flattened ball.  Finally seal the edges using your fingers and place the stuffed cookie in the prepared baking tray. Repeat for all of the dough.

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Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.

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