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Give Your Thanksgiving A Little Something Special With These Easy Latino Recipes

Friendsgiving is on its way, and that can only mean one thing: time to dust off your oven mitts and get to cooking. It’s that special time of year when you and your closest friends will get together and bring food that is somehow connected to your life and upbringing. In the spirit of Friendsgiving, here is a list of Latino dishes you might consider bringing to the potluck this year.

1. Queso Frito

This is fried cheese. Is anyone going to pass up some fried cheese? Didn’t think so. ?

2. Alcapurrias

Make sure you give yourself enough time to cook this delicious treat. You have a dough and filling to make, so don’t rush it. One thing is for sure, though. If you nail this recipe, you will definitely be a hit at the Friendsgiving celebration.

3. Yuca Frita

Yuca is a nice, hearty root that can be fried, broiled, or boiled depending on what you are looking for. It is the same root used to create alcapurria dough so it’s versatile. It is also delicious when paired with a little bit of garlic in olive oil.

4. Llapingacho

This dish is something that will definitely catch the party’s attention. It’s a simple recipe that consists of mashed potatoes and cheese sautéed like a pancake. Is someone drooling here or is that rain?

5. Arroz Chaufa

This Peruvian stir fry is more than just a dish, it’s a history lesson. Who knew that a side dish could educate people on Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine?

6. Tequeños

How can anyone go wrong with Venezuelan cheese sticks? Take the cheese, wrap it in the dough, fry or bake, and boom. You got yourself another tasty cheesy option.

7. Pão De Queijo

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Como não amar uma vasilha cheia de pão de queijo????? . Essa receita é muito fácil até o meu marido consegue fazer (corre para ver os stories para ver e rir um pouco com a gente ????) . Segue a receita para vocês fazerem para o domingão. Ainda dá tempo! . ????[Pão de Queijo]???? ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫ INGREDIENTES 1 xíc de leite 1/2 xíc. de óleo (gosto de usar de canola, milho ou girassol) 3 ovos (colocar um a um até dar ponto de enrolar) – usamos só 2 3 xícaras de polvilho doce 200g de queijo Minas padrão ou meia cura ralado Sal a gosto (vai depender da quantidade de sal do queijo) ▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫▫ PREPARO Coloque o polvilho com uma pitada de sal em um bowl e reserve. Leve para ferver o leite com o óleo. Despeje sobre o polvilho e mexa com uma colher (irão formar grumos – é normal). . Espere esfriar um pouco (para conseguir amassar com as mãos). Junte os ovos um a um e amasse com as mãos. Acrescente o queijo e amasse até incorporar e formar uma massa homogênea. . ATENÇÃO : talvez não precise dos 3 ovos. Lave as mãos. Passe um pouco de óleo e faça bolinhas com a massa. Asse em forno preaquecido por uns 40 minutos. Você também pode congelar antes de assar. Após fazer as bolinhas leve ao freezer em uma assadeira ou prato e após congelar transfira para saquinhos. Quando for utilizar é só retirar do freezer e assar em forno preaquecido. . ⚠ sempre quebreos ovos um a um em um pote separado. Caso algum ovo esteja podre não estraga o restante da receita e não desperdiça os ingredientes. ???? ⚠SEMPRE forno preaquecido. Para evitar que seu pão de queijo fique duro. ⚠ Se você quiser pode fazer um mix de queijos. Por exemplo: metade Minas padrão, metade parmesão (aquele que a gente rala na hora. Saquinho, NÃO!). O sabor será um pouco mais intenso. (Eu ❤) . Ficou alguma dúvida? ???? Escreva nos comentários. ✏✏ Vou adorar responder. . . . ______________________________________ #oquefacoprahoje #paodequeijo_oquefacoprahoje #paodequeijo #queijo #caseirices #receitas #dicas #culinaria #feitoemcasa

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If cheese sticks are not your style, then why not try to make these scrumptious cheesy bread balls? They pair perfectly with just about anything.

8. Piloyes

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Yo aquí fresca comiendo Piloyes. #soyfeliz #piloyes

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There are few things that are truly universal for Latinos, and beans is definitely one of them. If you are looking to bring a touch of your Latinidad to the Friendsgiving dinner table, you should definitely peep this recipe. You can add your favorite meat, spices, and herbs to really make it your own.

9. Pastelitos De Carne

For the person who can never have enough meat and bread, these are a perfect addition to the table. Plus, it appears you can totally make them vegan if you are into that sort of thing.

10. Bacalaítos

These codfish fritters might seem odd at first but they are definitely worth your time. It requires some time and patience since you have to cook the fish before adding it to the batter but it will certainly make mouths water.

11. Chiles Rellenos

This is great for the person who doesn’t want to do too much work but wants everyone to have a personalized experience with their meal. Everyone gets their own pepper and you rarely have to take any leftovers home. It’s a real win/win.

What are some of the dishes you take to Friendsgiving? Let us know in the comments below!


READ: 15 Latino Desserts You Should Totally Bring this Friendsgiving

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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