Today’s recipe is from a book call “100 typical Panamanians recipes”, by Doña Dora.
The carimañolas (can’t find a name in English for them) are often eaten for breakfast or really at any time during the day, because you can buy them from food carts on the street almost everywhere. They’re typical from the Caribbean cost of Colombia and Panama. I hope you like them and try to do it at home, you will love them!
1 kg. yuca (cassava)
500 g. ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 boiled egg
A branch of cilantro (coriander), chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying

Put to cook the yuca, peeled and cut into pieces in salted water until tender. Meanwhile, put in a pan to brown the ground beef along with onions, peppers, tomatoes and cilantro (coriander), when all is done, 15 minutes or so, you can add the chopped egg.

When the yuca is ready make a puree with it and knead along with two tablespoons of oil. To form the Carimañolas, make balls with your hands and then crush them a bit, put a spoonful of filling in the middle and close. They are oval, so you have to lengthen the sides. Finally fry them in hot oil until golden. To add consistency you can put a beaten egg into the dough and to make them easier to handle you can use some oil on your hands, that way they won’t stick to your hands.

Bon appetit!

11 Replies to “Carimañolas”

  1. These sound SO good! I love empanadas–SO much, and these (kind of) remind me of them. I spent about 4 months living in Argentina and ate every kind of empanada I could get my hand on. I love that these are made with similar ingredients, but that the dough is made of yuca. I’ll have to try them!

      1. Hola, Giovanna… Sí, pero sólo un poco (un poquito?) He perdido gran parte de él en los últimos años. No hay con quien practicar. 😦

        I can’t wait to try your recipe for the empanadas too! Thank you!

  2. Yes, I can see this recipe and post didn’t get the exposure it deserves. I’m going to add your link onto my “7 Links, 7 post, 7 Blogs” list…though it was a few post back, with the challenge, and a few other awards floating around the bloggerhood, some folks do read prior post. Some people do anyway, I usually do when I’m reading around.
    God Bless You

    1. Thanks Paul! They are really good. Lately there’s so many awards floating around the bloggerhood as you call it… must be the fall. But is a great way to relaunch some old posts that are truly worthy.

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