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  1. #1
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    Question What to do with guava paste???

    Let me preface by saying that my supermarket is dinky and BORING. I cant even get arugula!! So whenever I see something unusual, I grab it. Only supermarket close, sooooooooo.....

    Today on the 'last chance' rack, there were blocks of guava paste. 32c! LOL So I bought one. Not sure quite what I will do with it (and I got to educate the checker on what it is and where its used!). Any good recipes besides the pork skewers in last month's CL?

    I would love some good recipes. Also, does it keep? I might have to go back and get the rest if we have success with it!!

    Thanks in advance
    Amy

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    Well, I know one traditional way to serve it in Latin America is with cream cheese. You slice a brick of cream cheese crossways, and make similar-size slices of guava paste. Place a slice of cream cheese on a plain cracker, like a water cracker, and top with a slice of guava paste.

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    I've had this one in my to-try pile for a long time ... haven't gotten around to it so I can't vouch for the recipe personally. But I think it looks good! It's similar to the idea just posted by funniegrrl.

    Manchego Cheese & Guava Paste

    Serves 12 Active Time: 5 min

    3/4 lb Manchego cheese (Cheese Shop)
    6 oz Goya Guava Paste
    1 (10 oz) baguette, 1/2-inch slices

    Slice cheese in 1/4-inch slices. Slice paste in slightly smaller 1 inch x 1/4 inch slices. Place on top of cheese; serve on sliced baguette.
    Option: Quince Paste (Cheese Shop) can be substituted in place of Goya Guava Paste.

    Recipe featured in Wegmans Menu Magazine Summer 2003

    Nutrition Info: Each serving (3 pieces) contains 220 calories, 9g carbohydrate (0g fiber), 9g protein, 9g fat (7g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol and 300mg sodium. Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Carbohydrate, 1 Meat, 1 Fat

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    You can also go to Food Network (www.foodtv.com) and do a search for "guava paste" ... I found 5 recipes:
    Pasteles de Guayaba: Guava Pastries
    Creme Fraiche and Guava Pastry Squares
    Guava Chipolte Ribs
    Guava Cheese Tart
    Guava Empanadas

    and I also found:
    Guava Cheesecake
    Guava Cake

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    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Pinchos de Cerdo (Pork Skewers with Guava Sauce)

    Recipe By :
    Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Grilling Pork


    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    Pork:
    1 tablespoon ground oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch
    cubes
    2 large onions, each cut into 16 wedges
    cooking spray
    Sauce:
    1 cup chopped commercial guava paste (about 12
    ounces)
    1/2 cup less-sodium beef broth
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons dark rum
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    To prepare pork, combine oregano, oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
    Add pork; stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Thread pork
    and onion alternately onto 16 (8-inch) skewers.

    Prepare grill.

    Place skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 14
    minutes or until done, turning occasionally. Arrange skewers on a
    platter; keep warm.


    To prepare sauce, combine guava paste and the remaining ingredients in a
    small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook 8 minutes or
    until smooth, stirring constantly. Serve sauce with pork.

    serving size: 2 skewers and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce - 357 cal, 8.6g
    fat, 31.7g pro, 34.2g carb, 1.3g fiber, 78mg chol, 1.5mg iron, 361mg sod,
    47mg calc.

    Source:
    "Cooking Light-9/04"



    Serving Ideas : Empanadas de Cangrejo y Mango, Canos, Camarones con Hierbas y Citricos, Ensalada Verde con Aderezo de Cilantro y Recao, Arroz Con Habichuelas Rosadas Guisadas, Arroz con Gandules
    Tembleque



    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Empanaditas de Guayaba y Queso (Sweet Empanaditas)

    Recipe By :Cooking Light Magazine. April 2001. Page: 197.
    Serving Size : 24 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Desserts

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    Masa de Empanadas (Empanada Dough)
    1/2 cup (4 ounces) tub-style light cream cheese
    4 ounces guava paste (such as Goya), cut into 24
    cubes
    1 teaspoon water
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    Cooking spray
    1 tablespoon sugar

    Directions.
    The empanada may be the quintessential convenience food--it can easily be
    eaten on the run with one free hand. In nearly every South and Central
    American country, you're likely to ffind it sold on street corners, but
    it's also frequently made in homes. You can make these bite-size empanadas
    with or without cheese.

    The Masa de Empanaditas (Empanada Dough) recipe can be found in the April
    2001 issue.

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Cut Empanada Dough into 24 circles using a 3-inch biscuit cutter.

    3. Spoon 1 teaspoon cream cheese onto half of each circle, leaving a
    1/4-inch border. Top the cheese with 1 cube of guava paste. Combine the
    water and egg; brush egg mixture around edge of each circle. Fold dough
    over filling; press edges together with a fork or fingers to seal.

    4. Place empanaditas on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Pierce
    tops of empanaditas several times with a fork. Brush with remaining egg
    mixture.

    5. Sprinkle with sugar, and bake at 400 degrees for 17 minutes or until
    golden. Yield: 2 dozen (serving size: 1 empanadita).

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    this is my first post,however,i have been skulking around for an awfully long time.i just had to comment on the pork skewers with guava paste.....they were fantastic--made them last night.they were so easy and will definately make them again. i have always been curious aboout guava paste and a looking forward to trying some of your other recipes

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