Okay Carmen, this is not rellenitos, but it sure gets pretty close. I promise I post your rellenitos dessert pretty soon.
Bananas, including plantains, are native to Africa. Yet it is the Central American republics, but specifically Guatemala the tiny third-world country that is known as the Banana Republic. And no, we are most definitely not talking about the middle-class clothing store; although Guatemala is now a Maquila Republic too. We are talking about the Banana Republic created by UFCO and that . Yes we are talking about the United Fruit Company, now known as Chiquita Brands International, Inc. that created such a havoc and devastation in Guatemala that we are still recovering from its CIA operation PBSUCCESS.
But like in anything else in life, something good emerged from such a tragic history. Fried plantains, rellenitos (fried plantain dough filled with black beans), atol de platano (plantain-based hot and thick drink) and even the wrappings of traditional Guatemalan tamal came from the banana trees. Man, I could on and on talking about bananas recipes and dishes in Guatemala like Bubba did in the Forest Gump film about shrimp.
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.
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