Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gallo Pinto

A few years ago I traveled to Costa Rica on a family vacation. The country is breathtakingly beautiful and the locals are the warmest and most welcoming people imaginable. Some of my dearest memories include feeding iguanas hibiscus flowers for breakfast, seeing monkeys running across paths instead of squirrels, swimming in beautifully-blue, warm water, and eating delicious food. My favorite meal during the trip was Gallo Pinto, a traditional Costa Rica dish meaning spotted rooster. I ate it nearly every morning with fried cheese, avocado, and guanábana juice, and when I came home, my Mom and I quickly adapted a recipe for our use. It's quick, easy, and delicious.

xx Molly

2 Bell peppers ideally one red and one yellow, chopped
1 Poblano pepper, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
Brown Rice
2 Cans black beans, rinsed
1 Cup Cilantro, chopped
1 Package Haloumi Cheese, sliced to your preference

1.  Cook brown rice following the instructions on the package but replace water with vegetable broth.
2.  In a separate frying pan, fry the cheese on medium-high heat, flipping only once.
3.  At the same time in a large frying pan cook onions and peppers with a little bit of olive oil until soft. Add beans and cook until warm.
4.  Add rice and cilantro and warm, allowing beans to darken and spot the rice.
5.  Serve with avocado, fried cheese, and Lizano sauce (an authentic Costa Rican must!)

Have you ever liked a vacation recipe so much that you made it your own? What are some of your favorites?

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure this counts, but every time we go to Kauai I buy Kona coffee cheap off trucks on the streets of Kona. And sometimes visit actual coffee plantations where you get a tour and can buy their coffee. Then, back in upstate NY, I'm swimming in the world's greates coffee for weeks on end!