This week we are exploring typical winter dishes from around the world. Tonight we visit America and the most common plate you will find in the winter here is tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. There are many recipes for tomato soup, however most people here buy canned which requires that you add milk and warm it up until at a desired temperature. Americans will recognize this iconic image:
Grilled cheese is generally made by putting butter on one side of sliced bread of any kind and placing the buttered side on a griddle before adding cheese of your choice (usually American) and closing it off with the other slice of bread butter side up. You then flip to grill on both sides and melt the cheese.
The soup makes a great dip for the sandwich and together they make a terrific warm, filling meal.
How do you make your grilled cheese and tomato soup?
Today I’m bringing you a recipe for staying warm from the Domincan Republic. It is called maizena and it is also common in Puerto Rico. It is commonly eaten for breakfast and is quite delicious! This recipe can be changed quite a bit to suite your tastes. The most important ingredient is the corn starch, that’s what turns the milk into a custard. From there you can add unsweetened cocoa instead of vanilla, almond milk instead of regular milk, the cloves can be skipped altogether etc…
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 tablespoon sugar
dash of cinnamon
2-3 whole cloves
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1. Pour the milk into a small pot and add the corn starch. Stir until the corn starch is completely dissolved.
2. Turn the burner on to a medium high heat.
3. Add in vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and sugar and stir slowly for about 10 minutes.
I think that’s everything!
4. Your maizena is ready to be taken off the heat about a minute after it begins to bubble and thicken up.
5. Pour into a bowl and let cool for a bit before eating. Maizena is best enjoyed warm.
Remove cloves before eating!
I enjoy it exactly like this, however I use almond milk instead of regular. It really adds to the flavor. I hope you enjoy and please keep warm everyone!