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Honduras (Honduran Recipes)

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   Honduras food is similar to the food in many other Central American nations.
Plantain Pancakes
Ingredients:

3 very ripe plantains
3 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. melted butter
2/3 cup cooked beans
2/3 cup shortening or lard
Cooking Instructions:
Boil and mash plantains; add flour and butter and mix thoroughly. Fry the beans in 1 tbsp. shortening for about 5 minutes. Heat remaining shortening in another frying pan, add plantain mixture, 1 tbsp. at a time, and spread with a fork so that it will take the shape of a small pancake. Fry the "pancakes" for about 5 minutes, place a teaspoon of the fried beans on each and fold. Fry the stuffed pancakes, covered, three minutes on each side or until brown.
Coconut Bread
Ingredients:

1 1/2 coconuts grated
3 lbs. all purpose flour
3 tbs. yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tbs. margarine
3 1/2 tbs. sugar
3 tsp. salt
Cooking Instructions:
Chip and grate coconuts. Add approximately 2 1/2 cups of warm water. Mix well. Squeeze out milk. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, add 1 tbs. sugar and 1 tbs. flour, mix well, let rise. Then add remaining ingredients and knead until smooth and satiny. If dough is a bit stiff, add a little more coconut milk. Set aside in a pan, cover and let rise until double in bulk, about two hours. Divide into portioins, depending on the size of the pans for baking, knead and form loaves. Place in greased pans to rise again until double in bulk. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. When done take out of pan and cool on rack.
Tamales
Ingredients:

1 pkg of maseca banana leaves or aluminum foil
1 large onion
1 large and 1 medium pot
1 large tomato
1 bowl of cooked rice
1 large green pepper
1 can of peas (chicharro)
1 cup of cilantro
3 lbs of cooked pork stew meat
1/4 cup of cumin (more or less)
3 or 4 large potatoes
2 large cubes of chicken flavor, cooked and cubed
1 can of tomato paste
Cooking Instructions:
In the largest pot pour about three-fourths of the maseca and add water until it is almost like a thin batter for pancakes. In a blender, blend the onion, tomato, green pepper, cilantro and cumin. Add this to the batter. Also add the chicken bouillon to the mix and blend well. You may only need one. But add to suit your taste. Add salt to your liking. Put about 5 cups in the smaller pot and add the tomato paste. Stir until it is an even red color. Before these are boiling add about half of the bottle of oil to the larger pot and half to three quarters of what it left to the smaller pot. Stir continuously to keep from burning. After it has come to a boil cook a few minutes longer, then remove from heat. If you are using banana leaves to cook them in you will need to wash and heat them. f you are using aluminum foil make sure that it is heavy duty. The foil is easier to roll up the tamales and does not give the flavor of the leaves. Rolling of the tamales: 8. For leaves or foil: square to about 12 to 15 inches. Start adding ingredients at the top corner or center. Add about 1 cup of the regular masa batter then add about 1/4 cup of the red masa. Then add rice, pork, potato and peas. Fold over several times then fold sides in. Set aside. With the foil it is a little easier to mold the tamales and is not as likely to come undone. If it is your first try at tamales, I would recommend using the foil. After rolling all of the mixture clean the two pots and then add all the rolled tamales to them add water until about half way and cook covered for about an hour. After the hour, check one of them to see if it has thicken. Let cool down a for about 5 minutes and unroll on to a plate. If it is still a little runny then cook all for 20-30 minutes longer.
Conch Soup
Ingredients:

1 pound of conch
2 shredded coconuts
3 green bananas
2 carrots
2 pounds of yucca
2 garlic teeth
2 large onions, yellow or white
2 green peppers
2 bouillon cubes
1/2 cup of coriander, small leaf
1/2 cup of coriander, broad leaf
1/8 cup of margarine
1 cup of coconut milk
Cooking Instructions:
Cut up the onions, garlic, green peppers. Peel and cube all vegetables (except the bananas) and fast fry them in the margarine. Add the bouillon cubes and the coriander. Liquefy together the meat and the milk of the coconuts, sift the mixture - you may need to add some water to get it all out. Should end with approximately 3/4 liter of coconut milk. Add this to the fast fried vegetables, let it simmer around 15 to 20 minutes. Add the bananas and simmer for another 7 minutes or until the bananas are soft. Add the conch, peeled, and cut in small pieces; let it simmer for five more minutes.
 
Chayotes Maria
Servings: 10
Ingredients:
6 medium chayotes, washed
1/3 cup flour
3 cups skim milk
1 cup evaporates skim milk
½ cup low fat sour cream
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 scallions, minced
Pepper to taste
Small amount of salt, optional
Cooking Instructions:
In a large saucepan, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the chayotes, cover, and cook until they are tender when pierced with a skewer, about 30 minutes. While the chayotes are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and ½-cup of skim milk until smooth. In a large non-aluminum saucepan, stir together the remaining skim milk and the evaporated skim milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Very gradually whisk in the flour mixture. Stir until the sauce boils and thickens. Reduce the heat to very low and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sour cream, parsley, and scallions and season to taste with salt (optional) and plenty of pepper. Drain the chayotes and cut into ¼-inch thick slices. Put the sliced chayotes in a serving bowl, pour the sauce over, and serve immediately. Serve with roast pork loin, carrots, and potatoes.
Fish and Clam Chowder
Servings: 8-10
Ingredients:
2 cups (2 medium) cubed ½-inch potatoes
1 cup (2 stalks) chopped celery
3 tablespoons sliced ¼-inch green onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or bacon fat
1 (14 ½ ounce) can chicken broth
1 pound fish fillets (cod, red snapper or haddock), cut into ½-inch pieces
2 cups torn spinach leaves
4 cups milk
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 (6 ½ ounce) can minced clams
4 slices crisply cooked crumbled bacon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
Hot pepper sauce
Cooking Instructions:
In 3-quart saucepan combine potatoes, celery, green onions and oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender (6 to 8 minutes). Stir in broth. Cover; continue cooking until potatoes are tender (10 to 15 minutes). Stir in fish, spinach and 3 cups milk. Continue cooking until fish flakes with a fork (4 to 7 minutes). In small bowl, combine remaining milk with flour; stir into soup.Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until soup is slightly thickened (4 to 5 minutes). Add all remaining ingredients; continue cooking until soup is heated through (1 to 2 minutes). Microwave Directions: Reduce oil to 1 tablespoon. In 4-quart casserole combine potatoes, celery, onions and oil. Microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until onions are tender (4 to 7 minutes). Stir in broth; cover. Microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until vegetables are tender (7 to 11 minutes). Stir in spinach, 3 cups milk and clams; cover. Microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until spinach is tender (9 to 12 minutes). In small bowl combine remaining milk and flour; stir into soup. Cover; microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until thickened (6 to 9 minutes). Stir in fish; cover. Microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until fish flakes with a fork (2 to 4 minutes). Stir in all remaining ingredients; cover. Microwave on high, stirring after half the time, until soup is heated through (2 to 3 minutes).
Bunuelos
Ingredients:

6 cups flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
2 TBSP. shortening
Water
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Frying oil
Cooking Instructions:
Mix well the flour, baking powder and sugar. Add the egg and shortening and mix until both are absorbed by the flour. Add water a little at a time until it becomes a dough consistency (like tortillas). Roll small balls of the dough (about 1/2 the size of your hand) into pancake-like shapes. Let them sit for awhile so they can dry a bit. This way they won't absorb too much oil when you fry them. Deep fry the buñuelos and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. They should be nice and crisp.
Fried ripe plantains (Platanos Fritos)
Servings: 4-6
Ingredients:
Ripe plantains cut in half crosswise and lengthwise, peeled (4 each)
Oil for frying
Cooking Instructions:
Heat about 1/2" oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the plantains, a few pieces at a time and sauté until lightly browned. Turn and sauté the second side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with the rest of the plantains. Sprinkle with a little salt serve hot.
Chicken Enchiladas
Servings: 6
Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup green pepper
2 Tbl butter or margarine
2 cups cooked chicken
1 4 oz can
green chilli peppers
3 Tbl butter
¼ cup flour
1 tsp coriander
¾ tsp salt
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 ½ cups Montery Jack cheese
12 6 inch tortillas
Cooking Instructions:
In a large sauce pan cook onions and green in the 2 butter tender.mixture  in a bowl with chopped chicken and green chilli peppers. Set aside. For sauce, in the same saucepan melt 3 tbl butter. Stir in flour, coriander and salt. Stir in chicken broth all at once. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more. (There. You just made white sauce and you can use it for all kinds of things whenever recipe calls for a can of nasty cream of something soup. Just vary the spices). Anyway, Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and ½ cup of the cheese. Stir ½ cup of the sauce into the chicken mixture. Dip each tortilla into remaining sauce to soften. Fill each with out ¼ cup of the chicken mixture. Roll up. Arrange rolls in a 9x13 pan. Pour remaining sauce over. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bak unvovered in a 350 oven for 25 minutes or till bubbly.

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