Thursday, March 26, 2015

Panama - Hojaldas and Sausage Stew

It's the turn of Panama and I've chosen this breakfast dish of fried dough with sausage stew.

Ingredients - Hojaldas

2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tbls oil

Put all the ingredients in a bowl adding the water last and only adding enough to make a dough that's not too sticky.

Cover dough with a cloth and leave for an hour.

Ingredients - Sausage Stew

2 jars/cans of hot dog sausages
1 red bell pepper
2 small onions
70g tomato puree
Salt & pepper

Chop up the onion and bell pepper then saute it in some oil until softened.

Cut the hot dog sausages up into small pieces.

Now the vegetables are softened, add the hot dog pieces and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato puree along with a splash of water to make a sauce then leave to simmer on a low heat.

When the dough has rested for an hour, cut it into 4 equal pieces and shape into rough flat rounds.

Heat up 2 inches of oil in a pan and deep fry the dough rounds. Turn once during frying to make sure they're cooked on both sides. Take them out and drain on kitchen paper once they turn a golden brown colour.

This was a nice meal. Just as good for tea even though it was meant as a breakfast. The sausage stew was good but the real winner was the hojaldas. We were all really surprised how delicious they were. We weren't expecting much from the fried dough but it was crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside with a salty taste that left you wanting to eat more. Sadly the kids both ate theirs so there wasn't any more. The hojaldas was good to mop up the stew's sauce because they taste great together. We'll definitely be having the hojaldas again and I urge you all to give them a try. Good work, Panama!

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