Awesome Brazilian Panquecas Recipe In Pictures

16 Apr

Last Friday we had lots of fun visiting our good friends for another round of playing Kinect golf game. The game took a few hours to play and enough exercise for all five of us to get pretty hungry in the evening. That’s when our friend Victor decided to cook panquecas for us. As you can see from the name, panquecas are very much like thin pancakes; I would compare them exactly to french crepes or Russian blintz, rolled with stuffing inside. It was funny to see this type of food prepared since it’s just like a traditional Russian blintz and very close to my heart. But I guess every culture has some sort of variation of this dish. For example, we have this either with meat or it could be sweet, stuffed with mix of cottage cheese and fruit preserves. It’s a very simple dish to make, and I would say the most time-consuming part is probably the panquecas making. It’s very tasty and great either for lunch or dinner. Total making time: around 30-40 minutes.

Ingredients (for 5 people):

Dough

– 2 cups of milk

– 2 cups of flour

– 4 eggs

– pinch of salt

Stuffing

– 1 large onion

– 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef

– 1 can (15 oz) of crushed tomatoes

– 1 small can of tomato paste

– 1 can (15 oz) of whole kernel corn

– 1 can (3.8 oz) of sliced black olives

– 1 pack of shredded cheese

Rice (side dish)

– 1 cup of rice

1. Mix milk, flour, eggs, and salt with a mixer or in the blender. You should have a sort of liquid dough. Since this is the same as blintz, I’d dare to give a little advice on the dough. If it’s too liquid-y, add a little bit of flour; if it’s otherwise not liquid-y (thin) enough add a little bit more milk. In fact, I would also add just a pinch of baking soda to make it fluffier, however when we made it that night it came out just perfect without it.

2.  Meanwhile we’ll be preparing the stuffing.

– Chop onion and fry it until golden brown.

– Add ground beef to it and fry it together until meat is cooked.

– Add corn, olives, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste to the mix. Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper.

– Let it stew on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.

3. Cook the rice meanwhile.

4. While our stuffing is cooking we’ll make the panquecas.

– Heat up the frying pan and spray it with cooking spray.

– Blend the dough mix one more time.

– Using a soup ladle, pour the dough onto the frying pan, filling up the blank spots by turning the pan around. From my experience, the first one usually sticks to the pan and doesn’t come out right. Don’t be discouraged, the second one will be just fine. :)

– Once you see that the bottom side is golden brown, flip it upside down.

While Victor was making panquecas, I was rolling each one with prepared stuffing and placing them into the baking pan. You should have 2-3 layers of rolled panquecas in the pan.

Once all the panquecas are rolled and placed into the pan, we  spread the remaining stuffing mix onto the top of it, generously sprinkling it with shredded cheese. Some people prefer to add cheese and stuffing in between the layers, but it’s really up to your own taste. :)

Bake it in the oven at 400° for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve panquecas with rice on the side.

I highly recommend everyone try this!

Enjoy,

— Vita :)

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7 Responses to “Awesome Brazilian Panquecas Recipe In Pictures”

  1. plainbagel April 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    very hearty!

  2. CMBasler April 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Brazilian blintzes. This looks awesome.

  3. Victor Hugo Janeiro Lopes April 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    I´m glad you guys enjoyed, and I learned that the dish is no brazilian at all.
    The pictures looks awosome, it made me hungry!! :)

    • Diet Drop April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      I’ll make Russian style blintz with meat this time! :)

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