El Salvador: Nuegados de masa (deep fried pastry)

Ingredients:

2 Cups of instant corn masa mix (same one used to make tortillas)
2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 Cup of butter or margarine
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying

Method:

On a counter top, mix all ingredients together and knead until you get a soft dough
By hand, make small balls or sticks
Deep fry in oil but do not over cook
Syrup for nuegados
3 Cups of water
1/2 panela natural hardened sugar or 1 cup of brown sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
Lime peeling if desired

Method:

Cook everything together in a small sauce pot until the syrup thickens a little. Approximately 20-30 minutes
Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee as an afternoon sweet snack.

El Salvador: Food-Salsa Roja

Ingredients:

Olive oil — 3 tablespoons
Onion, chopped — 1/4 cup
Garlic, chopped — 1 clove
Serrano or jalapeño chile pepper, chopped — 1
Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped — 2 cups
Dried oregano — 2 teaspoons
Salt and pepper — to taste
Cilantro (optional), chopped — 1/4 cup

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium flame. Add the onion,
garlic and chile and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion
is translucent.

2. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and simmer for about 10
minutes. Remove from heat and cool a bit.

3. Puree the tomato sauce in a blender until smooth, adding
a little water if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir
in cilantro if using and the El Salvador food recipe is ready
to serve.

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