Panades – Like empanada   Leave a comment

A panades is like an empanada which is filled with either fish (Like Red Snapper or any white fish) or red or black beans. It is usually served with a cabbage, onion and pepper salsa topping. It’s filling and delicious. Try it and you’ll like it.

Here’s a recipe:

 

  • 3-4 cups corn flour (Maseca brand preferred)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp of ground red recado (Achiote rojo seasoning) or 1 packet of Sazon for color
  • 2-3 cans tuna, sardines or refried red or black beans
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup cabbage
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 Habanero or Jalepeno diced (Optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 pint of cooking or coconut oil
  • 1 limes
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tortilla press
  • 1 ziploc bag or sandwich freezer plastic bag

Corn mixture:

Sift together salt, baking powder, ground recado and corn flour. Pour water slowly and knead to form a moist dough (Careful, not too wet). Let dough sit for about 10 -15 minutes, then form into small balls.

Stuffing:

Warm tuna, sardine or refried beans. Season to taste (optional)

Using a tortilla press flatten corn mixture balls of dough between 2 plastics (Cut Ziploc bags in half works well) to keep the dough from sticking to the surface. Remove top plastic, add stuffing and fold over the dough into a semi circular shape. Heat the remainder of the oil for about 10-12 minutes on medium high heat. Slide panades into oil. Remove from oil when golden brown and put on paper towel to drain excess oil.

Salsa:

Chop cabbage, onion and cilantro. Mix together and add the lime juice, 1 tsp of coconut oil,vinegar, water & habanero or jalepeno pepper(Optional). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread salsa over panades before serving. Serve warm.

Makes 12-15

 

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Posted September 10, 2011 by belizecuisine in Appetizers, Lunch, Sides, Snacks

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