Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Hallacas venezolanas / Venezuelan Hallacas (corn dough stuffed with a meat filling and wrapped in plantain leaves)

English Translation

Ingredients for 50 hallacas 

MEAT

  • 2.5 kilograms of pork (~5.5 pounds)

HEN

  • 2 hens of 2 kilograms each (~4.5 pounds each)

GUISO (filling for the hallacas)

Step 1

  • 1 cup of oil
  • 6 cups of onions
  • 4 cups of leek (the white part)
  • 2 cups of green onions (green and white parts)
  • ½ cup of garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of capers 

Step 2

  • 4 cups of diced red bell peppers
  • 4 ½ cups of diced tomatoes
  • 5 sweet peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of hot pepper, finely chopped
  • 250 grams (~1/2 pound) of pickled vegetables
  • 2 cups of marsala
  • ¾ cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 125 cc (~4 oz) of Worcestershire sauce 
  • 250 grams (~1/2 pound) of “papelón” (unprocessed brown sugar made from sugar cane juice. Also known as "piloncillo", "chancaca", "raspadura", or "panela")  
  • 1 and ½ tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3.5 tbsp of salt
  • 2 cups of chicken or hen broth
  • ¾ cups of mustard

DOUGH

Step 1

  • 2.5 kilograms (~5.5 pound) of bacon slab diced
  • 1 and ½ cups of water
  • 2 tsp of salt

Step 2

  • 1 and ½ cups of annatto seeds

Step 3

  • 1750 grams (~3.85 pound) of pre-cooked cornmeal
  • ~3 and ½ tsp of salt
  • Chicken or hen broth
  • 2 and ½ cups of pork fat

TOPPINGS

  • 1 kilogram (~2.25 pound) of grilled bell peppers
  • 75 grams (~0.16 pound) of peeled whole almonds
  • 500 grams (~1 pound) of onions sliced in very thin wheels and soaked in water
  • 125 grams (~0.27 pound) of small capers soaked in water to remove salt
  • 375 grams (~0.82 pound) of pitted green olives through water
  • 250 grams (1/2 pound) of black raisins

For each hallaca:

  • 2 thin slices of grilled bell peppers
  • 2 almonds
  • 2 onion wheels
  • 8 small capers
  • 2 olives
  • 6 raisins


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