Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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  These cheesy Brazilian bread balls are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. But I’m warning you; you won’t be able to keep your hand out of the bread basket! Pão de Queijo ½ cup milk ¼ cup cooking oil ½ tsp. salt 1 ¼ cup tapioca flour 1 egg ¼ cup mozzarella cheese ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese   – Heat oven to 425 – In a… Read More

Camarão na Moranga, or Pumpkin with Shrimp is a classic Brazilian dish that I have grown to love. It is very different from any Mexican dish I’ve ever eaten and unlike any other Latin dish I’ve come across! It consists of a baked pumpkin filled with sautéed shrimp, onion, garlic, and tomatoes, blended together in a flavorful sauce. You can serve it over white rice and the presentation will wow your guests…. Read More

Patacones, or fried green plantains, are very common and popular throughout Central and South America. Every country, state, town, and person has their own variation and special way of preparing this dish. In my opinion – they’re all amazing! This recipe is similar to Peruvians’ version of the dish as it incorporates evaporated milk, a staple in kitchens in Peru. Makes 6 patacones 2 green plantains, each peeled and sliced into 3… Read More

These little pieces of heaven are very popular in Brazil and often made for parties or served as a dessert. There are many variations such as the brigadeiro traditionally rolled in chocolate sprinkles and the beijinho most often rolled in coconut flakes or granulated sugar, both pictured below. The texture of these candies is similar to fudge but with a distinct flavor that only condensed milk can provide. My personal favorites are… Read More

Locro de Zapallo, a classic dish from beautiful Peru, is a hardy vegetarian dish perfect yearlong but especially satisfying throughout the winter months. Although some may choose to add chicken, fish, or shrimp, the traditional Peruvian locro, or stew, is composed of zapallo macre, or pumpkin, potatoes, cheese, vegetables, and spices. While some of the ingredients are difficult to find in U.S. supermarkets, there are many online stores that offer them at… Read More