Hola amigos! Today marks the end of Hispanic Heritage Month. I hope you’ve had a good one!
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Hispanic influenced recipes NOT from this blog. Some are traditional recipes & some are more like Tex-Mex or fusion like.
Food brings people together & introducing people to new flavors is a great way to introduce them to new cultures.
- Mexican Corn Dip from Well Plated – It’s like elote, but in dip form & not too heavy because of a few sneaky swaps! I made it for my mother in law, who loves all things corn, for her birthday & the whole family loved it.
- Black Bean Avocado Salad from Nancy C. – I make this often! Y’all know how I feel about tomatoes & this salsa-like salad checks all of the flavor boxes WITHOUT any tomatoes!
- Vaca Frita from Fabulous Fare Sisters – Vaca Frita is my favorite thing to order at Cuban restaurants, but you can totally make it at home! I’m making this tonight with some white rice & maduros.
- White Chicken Enchiladas from Joyful Momma’s Kitchen – Green chile & I are BFFs. This recipe, while not super authentically Mexican, delivers on the green chile front! This is one of the first foods I cooked for my husband while we were dating <3. It’s still a favorite!
- Churro Truffles from Pizzazzerie – For when you want that churro flavor without the choux pastry & deep frying.
- Merenguitos (Cuban meringue cookies) from Three Guys From Miami – This blog includes 2 authentic Cuban merenguitos recipes. Personally I only ever use the first one – sugar & NO cream of tartar. I love merenguitos that are super crunchy on the outside but still just the tiniest bit chewy on the inside. Yummmm!
What are your favorites from around the internet?
¡Hola amigos! Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month!
Hispanic Heritage Month goes from 9/15 – 10/15. I’ve always said that Hispanics are so extra that they couldn’t just pick a calendar month – hahaha, I mean, jajaja! I actually just recently learned (thanks to a post by Spanish Mama) the reason behind the dates. It was first National Hispanic Heritage Week starting in 1968 under President Johnson. It was designated as the week to include 9/15 & 9/16 because several Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Days then. In 1988 President Reagan made it a whole month.
That means that Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, too!
Maybe it’s being in Atlanta away from the Caribbean bubble of South Florida, maybe it’s missing my Mami, or maybe it’s the fact that Cupcake looked at me the other day & said “I don’t want any more” instead of “no mas”😳, but I want this Hispanic Heritage Month to mean a little more to us as a family. Usually it’s like October 3rd (another important date, lol) before I’m like ‘oh wait, isn’t it HHM?’
So let’s have some fun this year. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Latin recipes this month & invite you to share yours with me!
¡Hasta la próxima!
There’s this restaurant in the hipster neighborhood of Wynwood (Miami) called Kush that serves an amazingly delicious burger. The burger is so…well, let me just copy the menu description for you:
Burger served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere, stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon, LoKal sauce and then pressed on a flat top grill.
Are you drooling yet? You should be!
I was inspired by this burger to make my own – albeit less decadent – burger.
(This is really less of a recipe & more of a burger topping suggestion!)
We had some Bubba burgers left over from a family barbecue, brie cheese left over from another recipe, & guava paste because I’m Cuban & it’s a staple in my house. Bingo.
If this combination sounds weird to you, just know that guava & cheese is a CLASSIC in the Hispanic community.
I cut up the brie & guava paste to melt over the pre-cooked patty.
To complete this beautiful burger I turned to another classic Hispanic pairing – mayoketchu. As the name suggests, it’s equal parts mayonnaise & ketchup. It’s also surprisingly tasty to someone who hates ketchup (me).
Put it all together on a bun & you have an wonderfully Hispanic Hamburger.
I’m not the greatest at taking pictures of sandwiches/burger, but that still looks pretty great to me!
Guava Brie Burger
- Cooked hamburger patty
- Guava paste
- Mayoketchu (equal parts mayonnaise & ketchup)
- Place hamburger in a pan with sliced guava paste & brie on top. Cover with lid & heat until cheese is melted.Place on bun with mayoketchu.
- Eat & enjoy!