Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Brazilian Stuffed Bread

In Brazil, when you have visitors over, it's pretty much tradition to sit down and "tomar um lanche", which is literally translated to "take a lunch", but it's a way to say eat a snack, or have some tea (if you're from Europe).

And this bread is just perfect for that. I would say, in a typical Brazilian home, you would have as an afternoon snack: some bread (from french bread to cheese bread), cake, and Coca-Cola (okay, maybe GuaranĂ¡). Just kidding, but it is very common.

This recipe is so easy, the hardest part really is just waiting patiently for the dough to rise. AND you may just have all the ingredients in your pantry.

- 3 to 3 1/2 C Flour (Start with 3 and keep adding until it doesn't stick to your fingers anymore)

- 4 tbsp. Oil (I think I used canola)

- 2 tbsp. Sugar

- 2 Eggs

- 1 tsp. Salt

- 1 C water

- 1 tbsp. Yeast

- Mayo

- Shredded Parmesan Cheese

You can use anything to put inside the bread, here are some suggestions:

- Muzzarella chesse, diced tomatoes, and basil

- Pepperoni and cheese

- Just Cheese

- Ham, cheese, tomato, onions, and oregano (I made this one and it turned out delish, except I used some left-over salsa fresca since I didn't have any more onions and it turned out pretty good)

You can also use any kind of meat like salami, turkey, hot dogs (this would need to be chopped)...Just use your imagination!

Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the water and yeast. In a small bowl, add water and yeast and let it sit for a few minutes (while you mix everything else in the large bowl).
Add the water and yeast to the large bowl and mix it all up with your hands.
Flour a flat surface and knead the dough for a few minutes.
Cover and let it rise for at least 30 minutes (I would do about 45 minutes).
While the dough rises, you can prepare your toppings. Make sure to chop everything up, except the cheese, if it's already grated.
Separate the dough into two equal pieces. Open one in a rectangle, spread the mayo, add chesse and other toppings. Roll it up lengthwise. It doesn't need to be rolled up super well, I usually only do it a couple times. Spread some more mayo on top of the bread and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. You can also add parsley on top to make it look prettier, or, in my case, to differentiate from the other bread, which had a different topping. Make sure you pinch the ends so the cheese doesn't run out. Repeat everything with the other piece of dough and put it in a floured (spread butter first, and then the flour) cookie sheet.

Bake for aproximately 40 minutes at 350 F.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Carne Molida con Papas

In need of an easy meal??? Well, look no further! This is one of the easiest meals to make. I tend to make this often...specially when I run out of ideas. You can make this and eat it with tortillas like a burrito. You can use this as the meat dish for tostadas, or some delicious sopes (post to come)! It can also be the perfect filling for fried empanadas.

Anyway, the list goes on.


1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, diced
4 potatoes, diced (it really depends on the size of the potatoes, so as many as you want)
2-3 fresh jalapenos, diced
cilantro, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
Mozarella or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (optional)

In a skillet begin to cook the meat, add salt and pepper. When the meat is practically done, add the remaining ingredients (except for the cheese), add more salt and pepper if necessary (I usually do). Cook on medium heat (mix when needed) until potatoes are tender. When potatoes are ready, add cheese, and serve when cheese has melted. Enjoy!!

Note: I once added fresh chopped spinach to it and it was great. So if you are in the need of using is a great dish.