Anafre is the name of the clay pot where usually hot coal is placed to heat up the plate placed on its top. As you can see it has several holes to let some oxygen in and keep the coal lit. Usually the top plate is also made of clay and what it contains is one of the most delicious appetizers in Honduras.
Usually the anafres contain fried red or black beans with cheese fondue on top. Also other ingredients that might be added are peppers and chorizo. In order to eat this delicious dip, tortilla chips accompany the appetizer.
If you want to make this you don’t actually need the clay pot, but usually it is nice to have one for decorative purposes. So if you are wondering how to make this wonderful appetizer, below you can find the ingredients and instructions:
Red or black beans
Mozzarella or any type of cheese that melts.
Sometimes you can by the beans already fried and smashed up, but if you want to do it with raw beans you can do it as well. In order to speed up the cooking of the beans you should leave them over night in a bowl filled with water so that they become hydrated and softer. You should place the raw beans on a pressure cooker or pot with salt, some garlic and cook until they are soft.
When they are ready, take them out of the water and smash them in a mortar or place them in the blender. When you have the paste you can get a frying pan place some oil and fry the beans when the oil is hot. When the beans are crispy you can place them on the anafre’s plate or any other container you can use. If you do not have the clay anafre pot to place the coal, don’t worry, you can do this on the stove or in a barbecue.
On the plate that has the beans place the cheese on top and jalapeño peppers if you want. If you want to place chorizo I recommend you cook it before to remove some part of the fat and add to the plate after they are done. Make sure that the fire is not to high so that the beans do not burn.
When the cheese has melted you can start eating everything with the tortilla chips which you can also make or buy ready.
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Another typical and delicious dish in Honduras is “Pastelitos de Perro”, which is how they are commonly known. They are made from corn tortilla flour, filled with ground meat with vegetables. They are usually topped with cheese and salad as you can see in the image below. If you have tried empanadas from other countries, this will be similar but they have the delicious taste of the corn flour instead of the wheat flour.
Here is how you can make your first batch of “pastelitos de perro”. You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 Cup of corn flour
- 1/2 cup of rice
- 1/4 lbs of ground meat
- 5 potatoes
- Chopped Cabbage
- Tomato Sauce
First you will need to prepare the corn flour, which only needs some warm water to prepare. You should mix some water with the flour and azafran until you have the dough ready. The azafran will give the dough a nice red color. Make some small balls of dough and then smash them so that you have a tortilla shape.
The filling consists of cooked potatoes in pieces of 3/8 inches, cooked rice and cooked ground meat.
When you have the entire ingredients ready, place the filling in the middle of the tortillas and fold the dough so that you have a half moon shape “pastelito de perro”. Place some oil on the frying pan and when it is very hot, very careful slide all of the pastelitos in the pan so that the oil won’t splash. When the dough has turned golden brown it means that they are ready.
Then, you can prepare the tomato sauce to your liking; add salt pepper and some oregano if you like. Then, chop the cabbage and add some salt and a little bit of vinegar.
Place the cooked “pastelitos de perro” on a plate and place the cabbage salad on top, add the tomato sauce and shredded cheese.
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Sopa de Caracol or Conch chowder is one of the most delicious and popular dishes in Honduras. Most of the Caribbean countries eat this delicious dish, Bahamas and Jamaica have their own recipes as well, but all of them are fairly similar.
Conch which is pronounced “konk” is a common name which is applied to a number of different species of medium-sized to large sea snails or their shells. There are several dishes involving conch meat but also the shell plays an important part in our culture. Usually it is used as a wind musical instrument.
Here is a recipe for the Conch soup and a video so that you can see what the result is.
CONCH 4 medium, pounded and chopped
2 ONIONS, chopped
1/2 cup VEGETABLE OIL
SALT and PEPPER to taste
JUICE OF 3 LEMONS
2 cans (28 oz. ea.) TOMATOES, chopped
1 1/2 cup POTATOES, peeled and chunked
4 stalks CELERY, cut into bite-size pieces
4 CARROTS, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups WATER
1/4 tsp. HOT PEPPER SAUCE
2 cups sliced OKRA
2 BAY LEAVES
1/2 tsp. PARSLEY
Cooking procedure: In a large pot, saute onions in oil until translucent. Add salt and pepper. Add lemon juice, tomatoes and conch and increase heat. Add vegetables and rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 hours. Remove bay leaves and serve.
What is Conch ?
Sopa de Caracol or Conch Chowder Recipe
There is a great variety of food in Honduras, even if it is not known around the world our dishes are loved by tourists that visit our country. I would say that one of the best Honduran crafts is the way of cooking in clay ovens or the use of anafres, comales to bake the food giving it a special and unique touch. Some of the most typical food uses corn as one of its main ingredients, such as tamales, pupusas, and the very popular tortillas, which is eaten everyday just as bread in other countries.
The Honduran recipe that I will talk about today is called Baleada, which is a special tortilla which is not made of corn but of wheat flour. It is rather larger than the everyday tortilla because this special tortilla is going to be filled up with delicious toppings. Usually to make the tortilla for the baleada, you mix the wheat flower with warm water or milk, salt, baking soda and a little bit of oil or lard. Usually 2 cups of white wheat flower should be enough to serve 2 people. Add one teaspoon of oil, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 egg, 1 cup of warm milk or water. It all depends if you prefer thicker/thinner or larger smaller tortillas, so try it out and adjust the recipe to your taste. Let the dough rest for about 30 min.
Then after having the dough is ready, make small balls so that it is easier to make the tortilla. Usually the tortillas are done by hand but you can use a rolling pin to get the final shape. To cook the tortilla, usually a comal is used but you can use a flat frying pan. Place the flat tortilla on the hot pan and wait until the edges start to separate from the pan, it takes less than a min. Then turn the tortilla over and wait a few seconds. When you think is ready, press down on the tortilla with a spatula and let go. Do this several times so that the tortilla inflates. Watch the video and see how the lady makes the tortilla…
The other ingredients that cannot be forgotten are the beans, usually the traditional Honduran Baleada is filled up with mashed red or black beans spread on the tortilla. Then put some shredded cheese on top with a special sweet/sour cream to finish this very easy dish.
There are other varieties of baleadas, you can add shredded coconut to the dough to give it a different taste and add to the original baleada recipe: avocado, sausage, scrambled eggs, jalapeños, onions, chicken or simmered beef. Put all of the ingredients on top of the tortilla, then fold and is ready to eat.
I hope you try out this easy recipe and let me know how it went.
Update – Recipe Summary:
This is the classic baleada recipe — choose the topings you like and enjoy. Obligatory ingredient: mashed beans
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serving: 2 people
Tortilla Dough Ingredients
– 2 cups of white wheat flower
– one teaspoon of oil
– baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of warm water
– mashed beans
– scrambled eggs
– chicken or simmered beef
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