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15 Latino Sides To Impress Everyone At Your Friendsgiving This Year

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Thanksgiving is here and some of us will be spending that time with our chosen family – friends. Now, don’t fall into the typical Thanksgiving dinner protocol. Why not impress your friends with some sabor from your homeland? Here are 15 different Latino side dishes guaranteed to impress people at your friendsgiving table.

1. Arroz Amarillo Con Maíz


While everyone looks forward to the typical mashed potatoes and gravy, arroz amarillo will blow your friends away. Arroz con maíz is a staple in many Latino homes. It’s too delicious not to show up on Thanksgiving.

2. Maduros


Let that platano get all yellow and black, peel it, chop it and deep fry it. Everyone is going to thank you for this sweet, sweet treat that won’t pop buttons.

3. Elotes

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Elotes. Who doesn’t love a good elote? Prepare it with some seasoning and throw it in a fancy dish. It’s as if street corn got glammed up.

4. Feijoada

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No @melhorpravoceoficial de hoje vou preparar uma feijoada completa, fácil de fazer e deliciosa. Todo brasileiro é louco por feijoada, que tal fazer para o final de semana? Confira a receita completa no meu site oficial (eduguedes.com.br) Bjs e bom dia a todos! #MelhorPraVocê #RedeTV #CozinhaDoEduMelhorPraVc #ReceitaDoEdu #EduGuedes #Feijoada Feijão: 2 xícaras (chá) de feijão demolhado 6 xícaras (chá) de água 2 folhas de louro 1 colher (sopa) de colorau 1 pé suíno dessalgado 1 orelha suína dessalgada Preparo: em uma panela de pressão coloque o feijão demolhado, com água, com o louro, o colorau, o pé e a orelha. Feche a panela quando pegar pressão deixe por 30 minutos. Feijoada: ½ kg de costela suína dessalgada 2 xícaras (chá) de lombo suíno dessalgado 3 xícaras (chá) de carne seca dessalgada 1 xícara (chá) de bacon cortado em cubos 3 dentes de alho 3 linguiças calabresa cortadas em meias fatias 2 paios fatiados ½ kg de feijão preto cozido com o caldo 1 cálice de cachaça Preparo: em uma panela de pressão, cozinhe o lombo e a costela por aproximadamente 30 minutos, reserve. Cozinhe a carne seca na panela de pressão por aproximadamente 40 minutos, reserve. Em uma panela grande, doure o bacon, quando soltar a gordura, refogue o alho, acrescente o feijão com o caldo e junte as carnes. Deixe cozinhar até engrossar o caldo e unificar o sabor. Sirva com a arroz e laranja. Caldo de feijão: 2 xícaras (chá) de feijão cozido 2 xícaras (chá) de água 1 cebola média fatiada 1 dose de cachaça 2 colheres (sopa) de azeite 2 dentes de alho picado Cheiro verde picado a gosto Pimenta a gosto Sal a gosto Preparo: em um liquidificador, bata o feijão cozido com a água, a cebola e a cachaça. Em uma panela refogue alho no azeite, junte o feijão batido. Deixe ferver em fogo baixo até atingir a consistência desejada. Tempere com sal a gosto e sirva com cheiro verde e pimenta. Tempo de Preparo: 1 hora Rendimento: 8 porções

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This Brazilian take on black beans is something your friends will want more of. Not only are black beans already one of the greatest things on earth, adding chorizo or sausage makes this dish just yum!

5. Puca Picante


Want to bring spice and color to friendsgiving? Puca picante is perfect. This Peruvian dish perfectly couples beets with potatoes and a few  spices to make your palate go crazy.

6. Yuca Frita

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There’s something with Latinos and their root vegetables. Yuca is no different. Peel, chop and deep fry these puppies for a carby treat that everyone is going to drool over. Top it with some olive oil with garlic and onions to really set this dish off.

7. Papas Chorreadas


Did your mouth not just water?

Papas chorreadas is something to behold. Just boil yourself some red potatoes and create the cheesy-cream topping and just smother it. This will for sure outshine the turkey.

8. Gallo Pinto


Three safe words at every potluck: rice and beans. But bet your friends haven’t tried that recipe above…

9. Humita

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Now, the words “corn pudding” might seem like a stretch, but hang in there. This dish recipe some of the best things including corn, cheese, butter and onions in one saliva-inducing side dish.

10. Cebollas Encurtidas


Tired of all the bland food your friends try to pass off as holiday treats? Bring your own (or you can share if you want) pickled onions to add just a small amount of flavor to the holiday food. Best part – you’ll still be totally kissable – these onions don’t stink.

11. Tequeños


Dough + Cheese + Oil = A Venezuelan deep fried cheese stick.

12. Pan De Bono


Take your cheese bread to another level with this amazing cheesy bread recipe.

13. Guacamole


Nothing like a good standby. Guacamole is not only simple to make, it is also a crowd favorite everywhere it goes.

14. Tostones


If you aren’t too sure about sweet, deep-fried platanos, get those babies frying before they go ripe. They’re like chips, but healthier. Maybe.

15. Almojábanas


Here’s a different fried cheese concoction that everyone will love. That’s right. More fried cheese to give your friendsgiving that extra bit of flavor to make everyone beg you to make this again next year.


READ: 15 Latino Desserts You Should Totally Bring this Friendsgiving

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Yas! These Women Are Changing The World And They're Finally Being Recognized For It

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Yas! These Women Are Changing The World And They’re Finally Being Recognized For It

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Marie Claire’s Young Women’s Honors has been taped and now the world waits with bated breath for the show to hit a TV set screen near you. Who better than Gina Rodriguez to host a show all about empowering young women? Rodriguez’s year has been one of success and so much recognition that she just seems like the perfect fit. Here is what we know so far…

Marie Claire’s first-ever Young Women’s Honors has officially taped.


“Our honorees are everything I dreamt of having when I was a young girl,” said Gina Rodriguez, the host of the award show, according to E! News. “Now we get to do that for the next generation. We get to do that ourselves, for any generation, at any point, anything is possible. Especially now during this time we’re living in… This room is so beautiful. This room is so hopeful, this room is so strong, and we are only strong together, so thank you.”

The ever exuberant and positive Gina Rodriguez was the (very excited) host.


“Young Women’s Honors is a global platform that will discover, honor and celebrate women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership, that will inspire others to follow,” reads the Young Women’s Honors website.

But who better than Rodriguez to host an award show dedicated to recognizing and elevating young women?

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No one.

“The Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors is a global platform that will discover, honor and celebrate women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership that will inspire others to follow,” Rodriguez told Marie Claire. “It’s a true honor to have First Lady Michelle Obama and ‘Let Girls Learn’ featured at this event.”

In addition to the honorees, the event brought out some major stars, including “Orange Is The New Black”‘s Jackie Cruz and Laverne Cox.


Now, we all just have to wait until Dec. 19 to watch the award show on the CW.


“Congratulations. You are all extraordinary,” First Lady Michelle Obama told the honorees via video, according to E! News. “You are brilliant, bold, you are transforming the world around you and in every day you remind us of the boundless promise that lies within every woman and girl on this planet.”


READ: mitú Exclusive: Gina Rodriguez Interviews President Barack Obama

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