Arepa Burger

Arepa Burger

My friend who can’t eat wheat was really craving burgers the other night and a burger patty on a plate or in a lettuce wrap would just not do. I’ve always had arepas in the back of my head as an idea for a gluten free version of bread. But traditional arepas are too thin and brittle to give you that nice pillowy bread texture for your burger. Instead I made more of a thick pancake batter with the arepa flour and used that for the burger bun. It was such a success, I’d suggest you give it a try next time you’re cooking gluten free.

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

Cheesy Elote Corn Bake

I’ve had a few really good versions of elote lately. You know, the Mexican street corn that is smothered in mayo and cotija cheese? When made right, with fresh summer corn, and cooked perfectly, elote can be a magical addictive treat that lingers in your taste buds memory for days. I decided to try and capture some of the elote flavors in this baked corn dish. Serve this as a side at your next cookout and it will be the talk of the party.

Plantain Rowboats

Plantain Rowboats

I was sitting having breakfast with my Aunt and Uncle, and they were flipping through an early early draft of Stuffed, when they mentioned a tasty stuffed treat they had while on vacation in Puerto Rico. The Plantain Canoes, or “Canoas”, are usually filled with a ground meat mixture and topped with cheese. I was happy to have a new dish to try and make, but also wished that such a fun unique dish could have made it into the book! I decided to make these canoes into rowboats because they are faster.