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Ayaca

Category: Main dishes

Ayaca

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Ingredients

Ayaca

  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 2 lbs. Chicken (preferably whole legs) wash in lime juice
  • 1 lb. pork chop
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • garlic powder, curry, chicken broth, oregano, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh milk
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tsp. sugar
  • 4 Tbs. of the marinade
  • 3 cup flour (corn-meal white)
  • 1 Tbs. chicken with a little sauce
  • 1 piece a pork
  • 1 prune (dried)
  • some raisins
  • 1 olive
  • 1 slice pickle
  • 1 cashew (nut)
  • 1 dice of ham
  • a little bit piccalilli
  • 1 baby onion

Directions

To prepare 'Ayaca Leaves' (plantain or banana leaves):
Cut the leaf in approximately 40 to 20cm and boil them for 15 minutes with

  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar

Drain, discarding water, smear a little fat on the leaves and place them in the fridge for later use.

For the filling:

  • 2 lbs. Chicken (preferably whole legs) wash in lime juice
  • 1 lb. pork chop

Put the chicken and the pork in a large pan with:

  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • garlic powder, curry, chicken broth, oregano, soy sauce, salt and
    pepper to taste.

Close the pan and continue cooking for a few minutes. Then just before it starts boiling remove the chicken and pork. De-bone the chicken in to small pieces and chop the pork also in small pieces. Add a bit of the marinade to the chicken to keep it from drying and set aside.

To make the dough put in a pan:

  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh milk
  • 1 1/2 cup water

and just before it starts to boil add :

  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tsp. sugar
  • 4 Tbs. of the marinade

Mix it well and remove from the stove. Slowly while stirring add:

  • 3 cup flour (corn-meal white)

Spread some dough on the leaves and not too thick. Put on the dough :

  • 1 Tbs. chicken with a little sauce
  • 1 piece a pork
  • 1 prune (dried)
  • some raisins
  • 1 olive
  • 1 slice pickle
  • 1 cashew (nut)
  • 1 dice of ham
  • a little bit piccalilli
  • 1 baby onion

Fold the ayaca leaf close then put another leaf on the folded side, and fold again. Then tie the ayaca with a string. Then boil them in water with salt for 1 hour. It's ready to eat ! You can store it also in the freezer for later.

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