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Vegan Cuban Style Ham Croquetas

 

Credit: Vegan Cuban Croquetas. Revolution in Bloom.

10 Servings / Prep-Cook Time: 25 min

Ingredients

Croqueta filling:

  • 1 5.5oz Package vegan ham
  • 2 tbsp Vegan butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup Finely diced onion
  • 3/4 cup Cashew Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Ground oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 small pinch Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs

Breading:

  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Cashew cream (or unsweetened non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Safflower oil (for frying)

Instructions

  1. First, grind up your vegan ham into a paste either in a blender(with plunger) or food processor. Add about 2 tbsp of cashew, or water, cream to help it along. Once ground, set aside.
  2. In a small to medium pan, melt your butter over medium heat and once hot add your minced onion. Allow onions to cook until soft and translucent. Do not burn onions, reduce heat if necessary. Once onions are cooked, reduce heat to medium-low and add the cashew cream, garlic powder, oregano, coriander, salt, sugar, and liquid smoke to the pan. Stir together until well combined and cashew cream begins to thicken. When cashew cream is a thick sauce, add ground ham. Mix the ham and cashew sauce thoroughly until fully incorporated. Next, add 1/2 cup of your bread crumbs, or cracker meal, and combine together in the pan until you begin to see a dough like consistency. Remove immediately from the pan and place in a dish and allow to completely cool in your fridge for at least 30min.
  3. Once croquette dough is cooled, set up one shallow dish with 2 cups of bread crumbs in one dish and 1 cup of cashew cream in the other. With the croqueta dough, form little rolls and dip in the cream then coat with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Once your croquetas are formed, begin heating a pan with about 1/4-1/2 cup of cooking oil. Once the oil is piping hot begin adding the croquetas to the pan. You just want to get them golden on each side, as the filling does not need cooking. Once they are cooked, serve immediately as hors-d’oeuvres or make them into a sandwich with fresh baguette bread, vegan cheddar cheese, and mustard.

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.