Family recipes from around the world

Venezuela

Pabellón Criollo

Pabellón Criollo

This is Venezuela’s National Dish.  You can also serve it with Arepas and Queso Blanco (white cheese – similar to mozarella). Ingredients: Rice (cooked) Plátanos Fritos Black Beans Carne Mechada Directions: Serve all ingredients on a plate and sprinkle some shredded queso blanco over the […]

Diablitos Gourmet

Diablitos Gourmet

Diablitos was everyone’s favorite in Venezuela when I was a kid.  It is actually an American product – Deviled Ham, but its largest consumer is Venezuela.  It’s usually consumed with arepas, toast or crackers.  A friend of ours started mixing it with mayo and parmesan […]

Avocado Shrimp Cocktail

Avocado Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail with avocado was one of my favorite meals in Venezuela. Ingredients: Cooked shrimp – 6 per serving Avocados – 1/2 per serving Salsa Rosada: 2 Tablespoons Mayo 4 Tablespoons Ketchup Lemon Juice Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon horseradish Directions: Mix all […]

Black Beans

Black Beans

You will find this dish throughout the Caribbean, and the north of South America.  I make it Venezuelan style.  I do know that in Brazil and that in Cuba it is prepared similarly, but I am not sure how close their recipes are.  The only […]

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

This recipe is a combination between the way roast chicken is made in Venezuela and the way I used to make it in Florida… It’s also an easy recipe when the kids have friends over – I still have not met a kid yet that […]

Chupe andino

Chupe andino

This is one of my favorite Venezuelan soups.  It is really nice to make when expecting guests that are traveling and are not sure when they arrive, because it is a main dish, and you do not have to worry about any last minute cooking! […]

Arepitas

Arepitas

This is basically the same as the arepas, but formed very small in order to eat them as appetizers.  They are also served along with parrilla (barbecue).

Carne Mechada – Shredded Beef

Carne Mechada – Shredded Beef

This is a Venezuelan favorite.  It is usually eaten for breakfast with arepas: Ingredients: 2 lbs beef (sirloin or skirt – skirt shreads easier! – I cannot buy in Germany, but if I could I would prefer it) 2 peppers – chopped 2 onions- chopped […]

Arepas

Arepas

This is a Venezuelan delicacy I was happy to grow up with.  There is nothing better than to eat an arepa and have a nice “cafe con leche” for breakfast.  I’ll break any diet for them! I’ll happily skip crème brûlée – no problem – […]

Guasacaca – Venezuelan Guacamole

Guasacaca – Venezuelan Guacamole

This is the Venezuelan version of guacamole.   It is a little darker than the Mexican version and that is due to the fact that we use red peppers instead of or besides using tomatoes.  In Venezuela it is served with steaks. Ingredients: 1 Avocado – […]