Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rellenitos Ricos

13 febrero

Just finished my cooking class, during which we learned how to make rellinitos.  In a nutshell, they are like empanadas made of mashed plantains, stuffed with black beans, fried, and served with cream and sugar.  They were surprisingly easy to make!  Here's a photo recipe:

Step 1: Cut the ends of plantains and cut them into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on the size.  Then boil for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2: Peel and mash the plantain segments with a fork. Give the plantain peels to farm animals.  If you are female, drink the plantain water as it is good for your uterus.

Step 3: "Knead" the plantains with your hands until it forms a firm mass. You can mix in some cinnamon here if you want.

Step 4: Buy a bag of beans and heat with sugar.  Or, add sugar to canned black beans and blend in a food processor until the consistency resembles beans in a bag. It should have a consistency like chocolate and taste like chocolate, except more beany.

Step 5: Make a ball of plantains and then flatten using your palms into a circle. Put a tablespoon-ish of bean mixture in the middle.


Step 6: Pinch the edges and don't let any beans squirt out.   It should look like a yellow, oblong egg.

Step 7: Fry until light brown in pan with vegetable oil:

Step 8: Dress with cream (preferably from a bag - everything is better in a bag) and sprinkle some sugar on top.

Step 9: Eat.  Try not to look as ridiculously excited as us.  

Step 10: Repeat step 9.


1 comment:

  1. Rachface! Sorry I'm just now hopping on to see this. You are an excellent blogger! So many of your experiences and pictures remind me of being in Oaxaca (especially the street dogs and the description and picture of your bed). The plus side is that if you admit your discomfort to anyone you can get drugs over the counter that I'm pretty sure wouldn't be legal here. :) Take care! xoxo