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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chorreadas (Costa Rican Corn Pancakes)

(español, ver mas abajo)

Costa Rican Chorreadas are quick and easy to make, especially if you have lots of fresh corn on hand. There are different ways to prepare corn pancakes: sweet, plain, savory or cheesy. These are great for any meal; breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a side dish. It is typical to serve them with fresh sour cream, but they are delicious with lots of different toppings; refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo, just to name a few.

Sweet :
4 cups fresh corn
¼ cup milk or water
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup of favorite sweetener
Oil

Savory:
4 cups fresh corn
¼ cup milk or water
1 tsp. salt
2-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 Tbsp. oregano
Oil

Cheesy:
4 cups fresh corn
1/4 cup milk or water
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup grated cheese
Oil

Plain:
4 cups fresh corn
1/4 cup milk or water
1 tsp. salt
Oil

Mix everything (except the oil) in a blender till smooth. Pour into a bowl and warm oil in a heavy or cast-iron pan on medium-high heat. Scoop out about 2 large spoonfuls into the pan and spread into a circle like pancakes. Reduce the heat to medium and let it brown lightly (about 2 minutes), flip it over and cook the other side until golden brown. Place the Chorreadas on a warm plate covered with a towel and keep making more till the batter is gone.

The great thing about the Chorreada is it can be made totally dairy-free, vegan and wheat-free.

Chorreadas (panqueques de maíz de Costa Rica)
Costa Rica Chorreadas son rápidos y fáciles de hacer, especialmente si usted tiene elote de maíz fresco. Hay diferentes maneras de preparar tortitas de maíz, dulce, sencillo, sabroso o con queso. Estos son ideales para cualquier comida, desayuno, almuerzo, cena o como guarnición. Es típico que los sirven con natilla fresca, pero son deliciosos, con unos otros ingredientes diferentes, frijoles refritos, guacamole y pico de gallo, sólo para nombrar unos pocos.

Dulce:
4 tazas de maíz fresco
¼ taza de leche o agua
1 cdta. sal
¼ de taza de edulcorante favorito
aceite

Savory:
4 tazas de maíz fresco
¼ taza de leche o agua
1 cdta. sal
2-4 dientes de ajo machacados
2 cucharadas. orégano
aceite

Queso:
4 tazas de maíz fresco
¼ taza de leche o agua
1 cdta. sal
¼ taza de queso rallado
aceite

Sencillo:
4 tazas de maíz fresco
¼ taza de leche o agua
1 cdta. sal
aceite

Mezclar todo (excepto el aceite) en una licuadora hasta que es liso. Vierta la mezcla en un tazón. Caliente el aceite caliente en una sartén o hierro fundido a fuego medio-alto. Saque unos 2 cucharadas grandes en la sartén y se extendió en un círculo como panqueques. Reducir el fuego a medio y dejar que se dore ligeramente (unos 2 minutos), darle la vuelta y cocine del otro lado hasta que estén doradas. Coloque el Chorreadas en un plato caliente cubierta con una toalla y seguir haciendo más hasta que la masa se ha ido.

La gran cosa sobre la Chorreada es que puede ser totalmente libre de lácteos, trigo y vegana.

2 comments:

  1. I tried the sweet version as well as a savory version with oregano and cheese. Just added eggs and flour to my batter compared to your recipes. Both were absolutely delicious! Just posted the recipes in honor of upcoming Independence Day ;-)

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  2. Note: I was confused too. The "corn" in these recipes is not USA sweet corn from a can or even fresh cut from the cob. The field corn here in Costa Rica is TOUGH. It is this high starch, fibrous (yet still fresh on the cob) that is used (and works!) to make the pancakes. If you cannot get the local CR corn, then, yes, you probably have to use a little wheat flour and an egg.

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