Category: Cuisines of the World: Centro Americano: Nicaragua

  • Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

    Makes 15 tamales (large) Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale. Ingredients For the tamale dough 2 cups masa harina 2 […]

  • Nicaraguan Baho (Beef Steak Cooked in Banana Leaves)

    Serves 6 Ingredients 1 pound beef brisket, cut into strips 3 cloves garlic 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 green pepper, sliced thin 1 medium white onion, sliced thin Juice of 5 limes 1 tablespoon salt 1 ripe plantain, sliced ½ pound yucca, cubed Banana leaves Directions In a large bowl, mix together beef, garlic, tomatoes, […]

  • Gallo Pintos

    Serves 6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons lard or canola oil 1 medium white onion, chopped fine 2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved 2 cups long grain rice, cooked Salt ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional) Directions In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start […]

  • Platanos Fritos (Fried Plantains)

    Serves 6 Ingredients 4 medium to large plantains, sliced in 1⁄3 inch slices 1 cup canola oil Salt Directions Heat half the oil in a sauté pan on medium high heat. Fry the plantains until golden brown and then turn and cook on the other side until golden brown as well. Drain on paper towels […]

  • Ensalada de Repollo (Cabbage Salad)

    Serves 6-8 Often seen in small Nicaraguan restaurants soaking in big batches at room temperature, it is similar to a sauerkraut with a Latin Style and a citrusy tone. Ingredients 3 cups shredded green cabbage (about ½ medium head) 1 cup chopped fresh tomato Juice of 3 limes 1 tablespoon salt Directions In a medium […]

  • Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

    Makes 12 drinks Ingredients 2 cups rice 6 cups water 1 cup mango puree ¾ cup sugar 2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon 1 fresh vanilla bean Directions Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a […]