Humintas

I’m racking my brain for the best way to describe a huminta, and all that I can come up with is the Bolivian version of a tamale, but that seems like a tragically inefficient way of categorizing these wonderful cheesy pastry.  This Bolivian speciality consists of a sweet corn dough, stuffed with a salty white…

Cheese Empanadas

There are many, many types and forms of empanadas.  At its most basic an empanada just means something enveloped in bread or a wheat dough.  When I envision  empanadas, I think back to the empanadas of my childhood – the light, crisply fried pockets of melted cheese, dusted in powdered sugar – the hallmarks of…

Cuñapé

Cuñapés are one of my favorite bake goods.  These soft, chewy, cheesy rolls hail from Bolivia, and are made out of three key ingredients – yucca flour, cheese, and eggs.  If you are gluten intolerant this recipe is a home-run.  There is no gluten in it, but the starchy consistency of the cuñapé is oddly reminiscent…

Majadito

Majadito is a Bolivian rice dish that is usually served up under a fried egg and alongside fried plantains.  The mushy texture of the dish might be slightly off putting to the western palette, but having been raised on the stuff, the warm mushy texture, studded with savory beef jerky, is delightfully comforting.  After moving…

Turkey Salteñas

In a bid to use up my turkey leftovers last week I decided to make some turkey salteñas.  Salteñas, a childhood staple of mine, are a Bolivian meat pie commonly stuffed with a spicy beef or chicken filling.  In my experience turkey is rarely used in Salteñas, but I thought that this might be a…