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Latin American Cuisine: Roasted Ripe Plantains with Cream and Sugar

Four ingredients—a ripe plantain, heavy cream, sugar, and cinnamon—get roasted together until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the cream has soaked into the plantain, turning its texture rich and custard-like, almost like a plantain pudding. It takes all of three minutes to throw together (five if you're really terrible at peeling plantains), plus a short stay in the oven, and you've got a crave-worthy dessert hot and ready to go. More

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian-style Cottage Pie

I want to say right off the bat that I had very little to do with this week's recipe other than eating it, loving it, and curating it. It was sitting there, hot on the table after a particularly long day at work. My wife doesn't always cook, but when she does, she does it right. My first thoughts when I saw it were oooh, shepherd's pie. There's not enough shepherd's pie in my life. I was wrong on several counts. First off, it's not shepherd's pie, as there's no sheep in it. Cattleman's pie is perhaps more like it. Secondly—and this only became clear after I started eating—That stuff that looks like potato on top? It ain't potato. More

Latin American Cuisine: Sopa de Platano (Colombian Plantain Soup)

It happens on occasion that I'll come home to a hot meal cooked by my wife, and it's usually something incredibly delicious and simple that I'd never think to make on my own. Last week it was sopa de platano—Colombian plantain soup.

If you don't count salt and oil, the recipe's only got four ingredients. My wife sometimes even leaves out the onions. As the starchy plantains simmer away, they break down, thickening the soup into a rich, rib-sticking, nearly porridge-like consistency, but without the heaviness of a grain or meat-based stew. It's good stuff for a chilly November night.

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Latin American Cuisine: How To Make Fried Yuca

The crispier, creamier cousin to french fried potatoes, yuca frita is a side dish and snack food found all over Latin America. In Cuba, it's served with a garlicky mojo sauce (or if you're at a Cuban restaurant in New York, more likely a cilantro sauce, originating from Victor's Cafe). In Colombia, you'll find them with a loose guacamole-like ají de aguacate, or in the snack aisle next to the potato chips. Head over to Peru, and it's a creamy cheese and chili sauce. More

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian-style Barbecue Ribs

You know those bits of fatty, crispy meat that you have to gnaw off the bones when you've just finished off a nice ribeye steak? Those bits that your dogs just go nuts over? Well here's a secret: You don't have to eat the steak first. Any true-blooded Texan will know this, of course. Beef ribs are a staple on Texas-style barbecue menus, and in many ways, it's very similar to the Colombian-style barbecued beef ribs. Both are seasoned with nothing more than a simple salt and pepper rub. Both are cooked over hardwood embers. Both are served neat with perhaps a tiny bit of sauce on the side if you really insist. Both are incredibly delicious. More

Colombian-style Barbecued Beef Ribs

The best part of the steak is always the fatty, crispy bits near the bones. Here's a secret: You don't have to eat the steak first. This recipe for Colombian-style beef rib barbecue delivers the goods. Fat will render. Connective tissue will soften. Bark will be formed. Dinner will be had. More

Colombian-style Beans and Rice

At its core, a meal of frijoles needs nothing more than cooked seasoned red beans and rice, but from there it can grow in many directions. The greatest bean dinner is a fast-worthy plate called the bandeja paisa, and it reminds me of a full British breakfast in its makeup and extensive application of fried foods. Beans, rice, arepas, fried green or black plantains, avocado, a thin slice of grilled steak, deep fried pork rinds (known as chicharrones), a chorizo or two, a side of ají to sauce everything up, and a fried egg to top it off. More

Latin American Cuisine: Ají (Colombian-style Salsa)

To say that this is the ají recipe would be ludicrous. Like Mexican salsas, there are countless variations of this Colombian sauce: some made with hot chilies, some with avocados, some with pumpkin seeds, even some made with hard boiled eggs. But, as with Mexican salsa, there is one that immediately comes to most people's minds when they hear the word. In this case, it's the tomato and onion-based version I first tried at my aunt-in-law's house just outside of Bogotá. More

Ají (Colombian-Style Tomato and Onion Salsa)

Like Mexican salsas, there are countless variations of this Colombian sauce: some made with hot chilies, some with avocados, some with pumpkin seeds, even some made with hard boiled eggs. But, as with Mexican salsa, there is one that immediately comes to most people's minds when they hear the word. In this case, it's the tomato and onion-based ají. More

Latin American Cuisine: Arroz Con Coco (Colombian Coconut Rice)

At its core, arroz con coco is a pilaf—rice grains toasted in oil before being steamed, but in this case the oil comes directly from coconut milk. You start by dumping a can of coconut milk in a pot, and slowly boiling it off until all of the water content is removed, the coconut oil breaks out, and the solids begin to brown. From there, it's a slow process of stirring and toasting until they are a deep, crunchy golden brown before finally adding sugar, salt, and rice. More

Arroz Con Coco (Colombian Coconut Rice)

At its core, arroz con coco is a pilaf—rice grains toasted in oil before being steamed, but in this case the oil comes directly from coconut milk. You start by dumping a can of coconut milk in a pot, and slowly boiling it off until all of the water content is removed, the coconut oil breaks out, and the solids begin to brown. From there, it's a slow process of stirring and toasting until they are a deep, crunchy golden brown before finally adding sugar, salt, and rice. More

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