It’s been several weeks since my last post. We’re still going strong working through our list (our next country will put us past the 25% point!!!), but I am, unfortunately, ten countries behind on this blog…
Several weeks ago we cooked Costa Rican food! One of the most well known national dishes is actually a big breakfast, so we had breakfast for dinner one night. We made gallo pinto (yet another rice and beans dish…), which is typically served with platanos maduros (fried plantains), eggs (fried or scrambled), and sour cream.
Gallo Pinto (recipe)
This was pretty straightforward–fry onion, pepper, garlic, and cilantro (although I think I may have waited and added cilantro at the end?) in oil. Then mix in cooked beans, sauce, and spices (we had to buy a new sauce for this: Salsa Lizano… thank you, Amazon Prime). Then the cooked rice was mixed in. Done.
Platanos Maduros (recipe)
This was another nice, simple recipe. The only struggle is that our grocery store did not have very ripe plantains in stock at the time we made this. We ended up using a combination of medium ripe plantains and very ripe small bananas (I don’t remember their name, but the sticker said they came from Costa Rica, so I called that close enough…).
Post-frying, served with dinner:
Overall, this meal was very good. Even for an egg hater like me, the scrambled eggs went pretty well with the rest of the food. Everything on the plate complimented the rest very nicely. Tyler made the pinto gallo for breakfast several times afterwards in the next couple weeks, and the leftovers went quickly. So we’ll call that a win.