Category: Puerto Rico Food

Puerto Rican Sandwich Spread (Sandwichitos de mezcla)

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Puerto Rican sandwich spread (sandwichitos de mezcla) is a staple in every party, event or family gathering in Puerto Rico.

What is it? It’s a creamy and delish mixture of cheese, luncheon meat, pimentos and cream cheese nicely spread between two slices of white bread. FYI, this is not healthy at all, but oh so good! 

During this past holiday I hosted a party at home. Guess what I served? Yes, sandwichitos de mezcla, and they were a hit with both the kids and adults.

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Coquito for Kids Recipe and Free Printable (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

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It’s Christmas, and I am full-Christmas spirit! I planned a Latin flair Christmas party for the kids (post coming soon)!  For the drinks besides  fruit punch, and strawberry lemonade I served coquito for kids.

Coquito is like a Puerto Rican Eggnog and of course, it has liquor in it. It is a creamy coconut-based drink that has rum in it.    But for the kids I’ll be making it “sin” which means “without” the liquor!
Coquito is a very popular drink during Christmas time in Puerto Rico. It takes me back to my isla bonita during the most festive time of the year. 
To make this kid-friendly version of coquito I used the following ingredients: 
1 packet of pure creamed coconut 7 oz.  (this has no sugar)
1 can evaporated milk 
1 can condensed milk 
2 cans of coconut milk 
1/2 cup of sugar*  
Sprinkle of cinnamon 
Cinnamon sticks 
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour in a glass jar.   *Since the creamed coconut has no sugar you can actually adjust the sweetness of your coquito. You can use the 1/2 cup or less if you’d like. 
Chill, shake and serve.

Will you be making your own coquito for kids?

I have a free printable for you. It’s actually a jpeg file, that you can print in whatever size you may need. I would suggest to save and upload to a Microsoft Word doc, and adjust the size of the image for your label.

Or you can right click on the image below, and save as. 

¡Buen provecho and Feliz Navidad!

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Easy Guava Cheesecake Recipe

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Nothing screams more to me “Puerto Rico” than taking a bite of this creamy and oh so delicious guava cheesecake! 

Savoring a bite of guava cheesecake reminds me of my days working in a restaurant that sold the famous “cheesecakes de guayaba.” Such fond memories!  I’m trying to get my little one to enjoy the guava cheesecake as much as I do, but he doesn’t really like anything with “cheese” in it, and he’s a die-hard chocolate fan!!!! So what’s a mamá to do?? I make it, and cut  a slice for me; and freeze the rest. This guava cheesecake freezes well. 

Here’s the recipe for you.

  • 2 packs of 8 oz. softened cream cheese (for a lighter version I used Neufchâtel cheese) 
  • 1/2 cup of guava paste 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 ready-made pie crust 
  • 4 tablespoons of guava jam 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cream cheese, guava paste, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add the eggs, and mix together.  Pour mixture into the ready-made pie crust.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the center of guava cheesecake is firm. Chill for 3 hours or overnight spread guava jam over it, and then serve.

¡Buen provecho!

What is your favorite dessert?

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Polvorones con Guayaba (Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies with Guava)

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Polvorones con Guayaba  (Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies with Guava)

During our holiday vacation to Puerto Rico one of the things that I wanted I really wanted to eat was polvorones,  a crumbly and yummy shortbread cookie.  I attempted to make some a while back with no luck.  Luckily, for me my Dad came to the rescue! He had a no fail recipe for polvorones. Yay me! I came home to try it, and was very happy with the result. Now, if only I can get little one to enjoy them as much as I do.  

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour 

1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract 
Sprinkles or guava 
Pre-heat oven to 350º F

  1. Mix together softened butter, shortening, extract and sugar 
  2. Mix until it’s creamy 
  3. Add flour slowly 
  4. You will have a firm but crumbly looking dough 
  5. With a scooper (or your hands)  form a ball approximately 1 inch 
  6. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet and place balls of cookies with 1″ space between each cookie  
  7. Push gently in the middle and sprinkle the sprinkles or place a small piece of guava 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it has a golden color 

Enjoy! Do you have a favorite recipe cookie?  Please share! 

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Chilean Sopaipillas – La Clase de Sra. DuFault 
5 Dutch Foods You Need to Try – Expat Life with a Double Buggy 
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Puerto Rican Sopa de Plátano (Plantain Soup) Recipe

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Raising a multicultural child to love and know his culture and heritage is no easy task especially when we live away from extended familia for instance in this case from Puerto Rico.  He’s a true Southern boy, and one way to teach our child to love his Latino heritage is through food.  Oh glorious, and delicious Puerto Rican food.  
Food is an important part  of our family, and cooking Puerto Rican meals fills my heart with joy. There’s a connection between food, and your memories.   I want my child to remember his Mamá’s sopa de plátano a true Puerto Rican comfort food. 
So, what is plátano? It certainly isn’t a banana although I’ve found in some Spanish materials the translation of the word plátano when referring to a banana. 
I have taught my child the difference between a guineo (banana) and a plátano (plantain).  The plátano grows on a tree similar to the picture below, and looks a lot like bananas. However, they are bigger, wider, and longer than your traditional sized bananas.  Green or ripe plantains can be eaten in any way you like!  Nevertheless, you can’t peel a green plantain, and just eat it raw.  One of my favorite ways to eat and serve it is making it into a plantain soup! 
My recipes are “al ojo” like my Mamá would say, “Un poquito de esto, un poquito de aquello” (a little bit of this, a little bit of that) which is literally cooking with no measurements but eyeballing the ingredients.  

Rest assured I have found a few recipes similar to the one that I make:

Crema de Sopa de Plátano

Easy Green Plantain Soup 

Sopa de Plátano 

Hope you can make any of the above recipes, and like we’d say in Puerto Rico, “Buen Provecho!” (Enjoy!)

This post is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Series hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs.

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Puerto Rico Food and Culture Multicultural Kid Blogs

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Every time that I have an opportunity to share my Puerto Rican heritage I literally jump on it! I am so passionate about my beautiful island’s people, customs, traditions, architecture, and geography. Especially about about it’s food and culture.  Click on the picture below to read more about it on Multicultural Kid Blogs!  

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Limber de Oreo A Puerto Rico Frozen Treat

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Long summer days, and scorching sun makes me want to eat frozen sweet treats from Puerto Rico! Remember when I wrote about the piraguas?

Well, with us living in the U.S.A it’s kind’a hard trying to get my hands on one of them right now.   Limbers are often sold from a neighbor’s home. I remember when I was growing up it was a real treat to get a quarter, and run down to Doña Juana’s house to buy a limber! Oh, so many flavors to choose from!

Limbers are homemade frozen treats made out of tropical fruits such as pineapple, coconut, mango, tamarindo, and the not so common, and very popular amongst the smaller children Oreo cookie flavor. My personal favorite is coconut, crema and bizcocho. 

Although, I can’t fly off to Puerto Rico to get a limber I can sure make some with my little man. I asked him what flavor he’d like to make, and of course he said “Oreo!”

Making limber with your children is a fun and easy!


Recipe ingredients

2 cans of evaporated milk
5 crushed Oreo cookies
2 cans of water (use the evaporated milk can)
1/2 cup of sugar

Directions:
Let your child crush the cookies in a sealed sandwich bag.
Pour evaporated milk in blender, and add the crushed Oreo cookies, cans of water, and sugar.
Mix well.
Pour into 3 oz. disposable cups then I added chunks of Oreos inside.
Freeze overnight.

We made various batches of limber to serve at little man’s upcoming birthday! I made the coconut, mango, pineapple limber, and our son made the Oreo ones.  

After they were frozen we had a taste test with Daddy, and little one. They both seem to agree on preferring the pineapple, and Oreo limbers. Me being the island girl that I am was totally drooling over the coconut and mango ones. 
What your favorite sweet frozen treat to beat the summer heat?  
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Puerto Rico Piragua Icy Sweet Treat

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Puerto Rico piraguas  are icy sweet treats perfect to cool off during these dog days of summer! It’s been so hot here that all I’m craving is a piragua!  Since I can’t have one now, I will  write about a favorite icy treat from my beautiful Puerto Rico.

Piragua is shaved iced served in a cone cup and topped with sweet flavored syrup.  A piragua not to be confused with the American snow cones are shaped in the form of a pyramid while the snow cones are shaped liked balls.  

In the picture below you’ll see on top of the second bottle an odd white shaped mold. This is what gives the piragua it’s pyramid shape.

Via Jeffrey Bary Flickr Common Creative
In Puerto Rico you can find a piragua cart nearly anywhere. My brother-in-law was kind enough to send me the pictures you see below of a recent family visit to Puerto Rico. He didn’t have a hard time finding un piraguero (man who sells piragua) since they are on the side of the road selling out of their trucks, at the flea market, or at the beach.
Piragua is such a popular treat in Puerto Rico, that you can also find wooden piragua cart toys (center picture in collage blue wooden piragua toy).
Photos courtesy of my brother-in-law David Torres enjoying piraguas in Puerto Rico! 
Piragua cart in Old San Juan’s pier. 

Considering I can’t have a Puerto Rico piraguas  I guess the next best thing is limber! What’s limber? It’s a frozen sweet treat that I can make home. We’ll be bringing a little bit of Puerto Rico into our kitchen. So be on the look out for our next post!

Special thank you to my BIL for the awesome piragua pictures he sent me while he was visiting Puerto Rico. 
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Puerto Rican Christmas Desserts {Tembleque and Flan}

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I relish at the opportunity to make these sweet treats during the holidays and/or special occasions. If I were to make them all the time, guess who will end up eating most of them? Me! 

So I was excited to make these for the office Christmas lunch.  I like to share a little bit of my culture with my very down home Southern co-workers. Though I have to admit I was happy to see some Asian, Filipino, Iranian, and of course, American food and desserts. 🙂 
These desserts were a big hit!!! They were all gone! Want to impress with a different dessert this Christmas? Check out these recipes: 
Here’s the recipe for the flan (psst I have a secret to share it’s low fat!) No one will ever know! 

Low Fat Flan

Ingredients

For the flan:

1 egg
1⁄2 bar of fat free cream cheese
4 egg whites
1 can evaporated fat free or 2% milk
1 can fat free condensed milk

For the caramel:
1 cup of sugar

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat add sugar stirring occasionally until it caramelizes. Transfer the caramelized sugar onto a 8 x 8 inch baking pan and evenly spread throughout the bottom of the pan.
  • Place it aside to cool off.
  • Blend remaining ingredients in a blender until well mixed.
  • Once sugar is cool add blended mixture into the baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil, place in a “Baño Maria” and bake for 1 hour or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Once baked remove from oven and ”Bano Maria”, set aside and let cool.
  • Place in refrigerator overnight.
  • The following day remove it from the baking pan by gently removing it from the edges with a knife, place your serving dish on top covering the baking pan and flip.

This recipe is from Spanglish Baby.

Tembleque 


Ingredients:
4 cups coconut milk (fresh or canned undiluted)
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup and 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon (to taste)
Preparation: 
  • In a saucepan , boil the two cinnamon sticks with 1/2 cup water , simmer until make a tea . Remove from heat .
  • In another pan, without putting it on the stove, combine three cups coconut milk with the cinnamon tea water, salt and sugar. 
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining cup of coconut milk , strain and add it to the rest of the mixture in the pan and have . Move well with a wooden spoon or whisk and mix well.
  • Cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon or whisk to avoid lumps . Mix very well. 
  • Lower the heat so it can simmer and cook for five minutes stirring constantly .
  • Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a mold. Or small plastic containers. 
  • Let cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes so it can finish solidifying.
  • When completely cool turn over on a flat platter.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and decorate as you like.
  • This recipe is from  7 Días de Sabor.  
Do you make any special desserts for the holidays? If you do please comment, and let me know.   You can also check out other Puerto Rican dishes here.
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Kid Friendly Piña Colada from Puerto Rico

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If there’s something that I love and crave often is Puerto Rico’s official beverage: piña colada (without the rum!) 

Of course, the piña colada is a cocktail that has rum in it, but I make it without! It’s just as delicious. It’s like having a slushy explosion in your mouth from the sweetness of the pineapple and coconut! Oh so sweet, and delicious. It’s also so refreshing during the summer or any other time. 
For me it was a flashback of sipping some piña colada during “Las Fiestas Patronales” while listening to music; and enjoying the festivities with friends and family. My husband and son will most likely not have my same memories, but I hope that when they drink the piña colada it will remind them of the tropical paradise that Puerto Rico is. 🙂

There are a few recipes out there, but I mine is super simple! The best thing is that it’s kid friendly! 
15 oz of cream of coconut
15 oz of crushed pineapples
cup of ice
Put in the blender and mixed until ice is crushed. It’s the perfect recipe for kids! 
If you don’t have cream of coconut, and have coconut milk then then you can try the following recipe: 

Receta de piña colada

Ingredientes (Ingredients)
64 oz de jugo de piña (64 oz. pineapple juice)
1 lata de leche condensada 14 oz (1 can of condensed milk)
12 a 16 oz de leche de coco (coconut milk)
1 cucharada de extracto de vainilla (1 tsp. vanilla extract)

Mezcle en licuadora y sirva en copa de cristal. (Mix in blender and serve in a glass cup)

What fun, and delicious beverage from your culture do you share with your family?  Please comment, like, share or pin!
¡Hasta la próxima!