Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Puerto Rico - Comida

Puerto Rico has many differnet types of food. One is a dish called fricase (left). It is a made with stewed chiken or goat. Fricase is a fancy and yummy dish. Another thing eaten in Puerto Rico is mangos (above). They are very common on the island and are a great snack. They also serve as side dishes or
ingredients in cooking.

A dessert in Puerto Rico is bread pudding (left). It is made with white bread, butter, sugar, milk, eggs, and a few other ingretients. This is a common desert for Puerto Ricans and a yummy one, too. Bread pudding can be mad with rasins, carmel, coconut shavings, or a topping called polvo de amor. Polvo de amor (love powder) is prepared with grated coconut meat after the milk has been drained. It is mixed with a lot of sugar, cooked, and then served golden-brown. Also the national drink of Puerto Rico is rum (below). In fact 80% of the U.S.A.'s consumed rum comes from the island. Another common drink is coffee.

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. Crisco shortening

1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

non-pareil sprinkles

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a deep bowl, cream together the butter and Crisco. Add the sugar slowly to the mix and mix well. Now add the almond extract and mix well. Now add the flour little by little until the mix is hard to stir. Take the dough, form small balls until all is used. Place the small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press the center to make a very small well. Place some (grageas)non-pareil sprinkles in the center of the cookie well. Place the cookies in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden. DO NOT over cook. Let them cool before eating them.

This was easy to make but takes some time to roll into balls.

Source: http://www.ricanrecipes.com/recipes/detail.php?category_id=10&id=137