Papas de Milho (Milho Frito)

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on September 17, 2008.

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Ingredients:

Papas de Milho (Milho Frito)

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Portuguese cabbage (kale) leaves, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian salt
  • 5 ounces Portuguese sausage, diced (optional)
  • Dash of garlic powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups white cornmeal
  • About 1/4 cup flour for dredging
  • About 1/4 melted butter for frying

Directions:

Boil 3 cups of water with cabbage, salt, sausage(optional), garlic(optional) & bacon grease (or oil) until leaves are tender. Mix the remaining 1 cup water with the cornmeal; add to the boiled mixture. Simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Pour into an 8-inch square pan; chill. Slice into squares and serve or slice and coat with flour and fry in butter until browned and crispy. Makes 9 squares.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (without optional sausage):
160 calories, 8 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g protein

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (with optional sausage):
210 calories, 13 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 5 g protein

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