Colombian Bunuelos

To me, Bunuelos is a great companion to hot chocolate. I say, they are pretty good with hot tea or coffee as well!! Bunuelos are really good and famous snack food in Colombia, which made from cheese and yucca flour. They are good when they are hot. The crispy and soft tastes when you take your first bite are heaven! They’re just like one of those cheese puffs… Hmmm…

Hubby and his family like to have bunuelos accompanied with hot chocolate drink on Christmas eve. This past Christmas, we nibbled on these while we were waiting for the tamales to be done. It was a satisfying Colombia Christmas meal for all of us!

Vegetable oil for frying
½ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoon yucca flour or tapioca starch
1 whole package of Queso fresco, finally grated (makes about 2 cups)
½ teaspoon sugar
½ tsp salt
1 egg

1. Place all the ingredients, except the oil in a medium bowl and mix well using your hands until soft dough is obtained.

2. Form small balls using your hands.

3. In a deep pot, heat the vegetable oil to 300°F (Warm, not very hot). Carefully drop the balls in the warm oil. Cover the pot and after about 3 to 4 minutes, turn the heat up and fry until golden brown.

4. Remove from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve.


Herbed and Cheese Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is always a good companion for any pasta dish. I’ve always loved to eat my pasta with garlic bread. This time, I tried to vary it  and add herb into the garlic bread, instead of just butter and garlic. The garlic bread came out nicely and it tastes really good. Very simple and easy to make. Give it a try!

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf French or Italian bread, slices

Preheat oven to 300 F.

In a small bowl, mix butter, garlic salt, rosemary, basil, thyme, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.

Spread each half of the French bread with equal portions of the butter mixture. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Place bread slices, on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until the bread slices are lightly browned.

That is it!! Enjoy!!

Easy Egg Rolls/ Lumpia

Lumpia is like a staple food for me. I like to eat them as snack food. At home, my mother used to make lumpia steamed.. don’t ask how, but she didn’t fry or bake them. It was as if she just wrap them the lumpia wraps and serve them  to us. But, they were good. So, this past week, I was craving for some lumpia with lots of vegetables inside them. This time, I bake the lumpia… but, I found out that the trick to get a good crisp of baked lumpia is from the skin… the wrapper… make sure you find good lumpua wrappers if you want to bake them, if not, you would find the skin would be thick and tough to bite. As my husband said, it tastes raw! So, go look for good lumpia wrapper… which is supposed to be paper thin… and if you stretch it too much, it would break. That is the good one.

Anyway, this is what I made:

1 package of lumpia wrappers
2 cups of chopped cabbage
2 cups of carrots, slice thinly
1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup of bean sprout (optional)
2 cup of any kind of vegetables you would put in!
3 eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
a cup of water to seal the wrapper
oil to fry/ or to brush on top of lumpias if you are baking them
2 tbsp oil to stir fry the vegetables
salt and pepper to taste

Pour 2 tbps oil on pan, put in garlic and stir fry until fragrant. Brown the ground beef, drain the oil. Put in cabbage, carrot, and any vegetables you want. Stir fry them for 10 mins. Put eggs in the bowl, scramble. With spatula, set aside the ground beef- veggy mixture, creating a space for the eggs. Pour eggs and scramble before mixing the eggs together with the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. This is going to be the filing for the lumpias/ eggrolls.

Prepare the water and the eggroll/ lumpia wrappers. Place the lumpia wrapper in a big plate, put it into a diamond shape. Scoop one to two tablespoons of vegetable mixture (the lumpia filling) into the middle of the diamond shape. Start rolling from the edge of the diamond then when you reach the middle section, start wrapping the lumpia into an envelope. Seal the edge with water.

Prepare the oil to fry- and fry the lumpias until golden brown. If you are baking them, heat the oven to 375F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

You can dip it soy sauce, plum sauce, or Thai chili sauce!