SOUTH AMERICA: Empanadas and Bolon’s

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

This afternoon I took another cooking class and I learned to make cheese empanadas and bolon’s.They are both made from boiled plantains (a type of green banana) that you smash while hot.
Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

For the empanadas you roll out the smashed hot plantain over and over with a rolling pin and then roll hunks into thin rounds.
Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Then you put the flat pancake into a form, slap on a slice of yummy fresh “queso duro” cheese and then press closed, kind of like a large ravioli.
Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

Then you fry them.
Cheese Empanadas

Cheese Empanadas

The bolons are made of same hot plantain dough but not rolled out as much. You add chopped leek to the dough with salt and pepper. Then you form it into a cup, place a hunk of cheese in that and then encase the cheese with the rest of the plantain into a shape kind of like a football. Then you fry it. (yeah. Lots of fried things here?!)

Theres a special spicy salsa sauce on the plate that you eat these with that I will learn how to make tomorrow.

I ate the empanadas and bolon’s with fresh tea called “Gloriana” which is made from a herb called yerba louisa and sweetened with sugar. It’s an alternative to coffee. But most people eat empanadas and bolon’s with a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Quite delicious!

I will post more on other wonderful foods here in Ecuador in coming posts. Right now, I’m also working on posts that will talk about Americans living in Ecuador and the many interesting attractions in Ecuador.

I’m also researching where to visit in South America, the differences in the cost of living all over South America, more information on South America and more on countries with low cost of living such as Ecuador. Please stay tuned!

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