Kitchen World Tour: Cape Verde

Kitchen World Tour day 31.

Main: Pastel Com Diablo Dentro (Pasty with Devil Inside) with Jagacida and Salad

Dessert: Fidjós

This meal was almost a disaster. The Pastel batter is a mix of sweet potato and corn flour (not cornstarch, corn flour is masa or maize flour or fine polenta). The dough was really hard to work with and kept falling apart. I ended up using a little wheat flour in the mix to give it some stiffness and dinner worked out, it was just served a little late.

The dough is stuffed with a mix of spicy fresh tuna (the devil inside) and then pan fried till they are crispy. Ended up making way too many but they were all gone by morning. The dish was accompanied by Jagacida, sometimes known as Jag.

Fidjós are banana fritters also fried and dipped in cinnamon. Delish.

Was a hard meal to research and put together but ended up great. Instead of Pastel Com Diablo Dentro, I’m sharing the Pastel de Milho (Chicken) recipe which provides excellent instructions for the pastry process.

Next Up: Central African Republic