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Celebrating Culture with Cuisine

Celebrating Culture with Cuisine

It takes individuals with unique backgrounds to complete the beautiful community that we call the Klein Family, and we pride ourselves on the rich diversity of our district. Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. 

Together, we will educate, celebrate, and appreciate the culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. 

Of course, no series on Hispanic American culture would be complete without a dive into the cuisine. Read on and see if you can spot your favorite below. You may just find your newest “go-to” dish. 

  1. Posole ( Pozole )  – Mexico

Pozole is a traditional Mexican stew. The stew is a rich combination of pork and hominy, garnished with fresh tomatillos and spicy jalapeño. Pozole dates back to the pre-Columbian era and is served both as an everyday meal and as a festive dish. In Mexico Pozole is usually served on New Year’s Eve and Mexican Independence Day. 

Link to recipe here

2. Bandeja Paisa ( A Feast on a Platter ) – Colombia

Bandeja Paisa is a popular Colombian dish. Most known for its large amount of food, Bandeja Paisa usually includes red beans and pork, white rice, carne molida, chicharrón, fried eggs, plantains, chorizo, arepa, and more. Bandeja Paisa is usually served on a large dish or platter. Originally considered to be “peasant’s food” Bandeja Paisa is usually a more costly dish at a restaurant these days due to the amount of food served.

Link to recipe here

3. Arroz con Gandules – Puerto Rico

Arroz con Gandules is one of Puerto Rico’s signature dishes. Served at holidays, parties, baby showers, and more Arroz con Gandules is bound to make an appearance. The dish consists of rice, pigeon peas, and pork, cooked together in a pot with sofrito. Sometimes accompanied by roasted ham, Arroz con Gandules is usually served at Christmas time. 

Link to recipe here

4. Arepas – Venezuela

Arepas are a popular Venezuelan comfort food. The arepa is a flat, unleavened patty made of maize flour. Shaped like a dish, Arepas can be grilled, fried, or boiled. Depending on the time of day Arepas can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, or dinner filling. Arepas are to Venezuela what Tortillas are to Mexico, and seem to be served in every home. 

Link to recipe here 

We hope these recipes allow you to enjoy all the flavor that Hispanic Heritage Month has to offer right from the comfort of your own home. What is your favorite Hispanic dish? Feel free to share using the hashtag #KleinHispanicHeritage.Stay tuned throughout the month as we share unique ways to embrace this month to the fullest!


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