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Authentic Aruba Recipes - Appetizers and Snacks

Recipe Name Bolita di Keshi
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Cheese Balls

A kids favorite snack, very easy to make and disappears rather quickly too. Great for parties and family reunions.

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Recipe Name Arepa
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Great for breakfast, appetizer or side dish with soups. For breakfast add your favorite filler like egg and bacon, cheese and ham, chicken or tuna salad etc.read more
Recipe Name Balchi di Pisca
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Balchi di Pisca

Balls of fish made of salmon or cod. These delectable fish balls goes well as an appetizer with lunch.read more

Recipe Name Banana Chips
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In the Antilles the plantain, which is inedible until cooked, is called banana. The banana usually associated with corn flakes is called bacoba. To avoid confusion 'bananas are referred to as plantains in these recipes.

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Recipe Name Banana den Forno
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Banana den Forno

This is a favorite plantain recipe variation that can be easily adjusted to dessert by just serving it with favorite ice cream. read more

Recipe Name Bitterbal (Meat Croquettes)
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Bitterbal (Meat Croquettes)

The "bitter" refers to the accompanying drink, not the appetizer. These are mild, crusty little balls to be dipped in tangy mustard.read more

Recipe Name Bolitas De Jamon
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Bolitas De Jamon

These snack pellets are very easy and fun and still nutritious. An ideal finger snack for parties or as an appetizer before lunch or dinner.read more
Recipe Name Cala
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A spicy, different cocktail snack, this tidbit has been called "an edible souvenir of Aruba".

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Recipe Name Cheese Sticks
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Cheese Sticks

Cheese sticks or "Deditos" originated from South America, it became a total hit at a party and the recipe was spread among the housewives. Today these fantastic "little fingers" are served before lunch or dinner, and obviously as snacks during parties. A nice variation: you can easily substitute the cheese with a cocktail sausage.read more

Recipe Name Corn Bread
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Corn Bread

Cornbread is a popular item in soul food enjoyed by many people for its texture and scent. Cornbread can be baked, fried or, rarely, steamed. Steamed cornbreads are mushy, chewier and more like cornmeal pudding than what most consider to be traditional cornbread. Cornbread can also be baked into corn cakes. read more
Recipe Name Empana
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Empanadas are meat pies popular throughout the Latin world. They probably originated in Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain. Spanish settlers introduced empanadas to the New World. The Aruban variety of fillings for empanadas includes stewlike mixtures of chicken, beef, ham and cheese, fish and seafood. read more
Recipe Name Fish Croquettes
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Fish Croquettes

Krokechi or croquettes are snack items that you will come across in many places in Aruba.read more
Recipe Name Johnny Cakes
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Johnny Cakes

Breakfast johnny cakes are delicious when split and buttered immediately. Smaller cakes, filled with cream cheese, may be served at tea time. read more
Recipe Name Omelette
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Here are two versions of the outer, or omelette, Part of the recipe. The one without flour is perhaps more delicate. Both make enough batter for six very thin pancakes about ten inches in diameter. read more

Recipe Name Pastechis
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Traditional Aruban breakfast, also served as snack.read more
Recipe Name Sanger Yena
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Sanger Yena

Black pudding, blood pudding or blood sausage is a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled.read more
Recipe Name Spiced Yucca Chips
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Spiced Yucca Chips

Yucca is rich in fiber and carbohydrates, an exotic new taste and great alternative to potato chips.read more
Recipe Name Webo Yena (Deviled Eggs)
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Webo Yena

Always served during partiesread more

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