Monthly Archives: May 2019


Hi Guys, here is another recipe I know you will love.  This is a Pureto Rican street food that I enjoy so much.  It is easy to make and delicious.

You can fry this or you can use the air fryer if you like.  I used the air fryer and the pastalellos came out great as if I fried them.  You have to give this a try and let me know what you think.

I do have a video up on the picadilo and my home made safrito so go check those out and subscribe while you are there.

Here is the link to my channel Ruthycancook

Ruthycancook Youtube channel





2 ½ cups of home made picadilo

Oil for frying

1 tbsp. water (for sealing)

1 package of Pastalello disk


Pre-heat a medium size frying pan with the oil.  Put enough oil to cover the pastalellos half way.

While oil is heating make the Pastalellos.  Remove the pastalello disk from packaging and place on plate.

You are going to need to seal the disk so to do that, put your finger in the water and run it around the edge of the disk.  This will help to seal both sides together.  Then with a fork you can crimp the edges giving it a pie look.  Place the finish Pastalello on a plate and continue making until all disk are used.

Once oil is hot add in about 2 to 3 pastalellos at a time and fry on each side until golden brown.

Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towels paper towels to absorb any oil. Repeat this until all pastalellos are e cooked.

Let them sit for about 5 minutes to cool some, and then ready to eat.

You can also put these in the air fryer at 370 for 8 minutes turning them over at the half way mark.

Then remove from air fryer and let cool and enjoy.



Home Made Safrito

Hi guys, this recipe is great and easy to make.  I love using this in any Spanish cooking I do and it is also great to marinate meat with.

I have made a video for this and it is up on my channel so go check it out.  The link to my channel is below.

My channel Ruthycancook Youtube link is below.




2 bunches of Culantro

15 Aji Dulce or sweet peppers       img_1581.jpg

3 medium onions

3 large green peppers

4 bunches of cilantro

1 cup of fresh garlic


Prep all ingredients to be ready to add to a food processor.

Peal and remove skin from garlic.  Remove seeds from green peppers and cut into chunks.  Remove stems from cilantro and discard then chop cilantro in half to put in the food processor.   Remove skin from onion and cut onion into chunks as well.  For the sweet pepper remove the stem and cut in half.  These don’t have many seeds so you can leave them in or remove them.  I did remove them for our safrito, but didn’t really need to.

In batches add in some of the ingredients until smooth.  You can leave it chunky if you prefer that way.   Do this step until ingredients are finished.



Store this in an air tight container, or mason jars.  You can freeze any of the safrito that you will not be using right away.  I normally just freeze for about a month but I do use a lot of this.








Refreshing Ice Tea

Hi guys, I wanted to share with you my Ice tea recipe and to let you know that I now have  video up on my channel making this delicious ice tea.

Here is the link to my channel Ruthycancook.

Ruthycancook – Youtube channel



10 cups water

8 tea bags (with tags removed)

1 cup sugar


Add 10 cups of water to a big pot on medium high heat and let the water almost come to a boil.

Add in the 8 tea bags with tags removed and put in the water.  Turn heat off and let the tea bags steep for 20 minutes.

Then remove the tea bags and put in the 1 cup of sugar and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Place tea in a pitcher and refrigerate for a few hours or until tea is cold.

Serve over ice and a lemon wedge.



Hi Guys, here is an recipe that is awesome and is my favorite kind of food, Spanish.  This is something that I have wanted to learn how to make for some time and now I think I got it.  I made this recipe twice to see which way I preferred with or without tomato sauce.  I like it better without the tomato sauce.

If you love Spanish flavors then you will love this.  This is easy to make and taste so good.  This is great over white rice and especially great to fill my favorite street foods like Relleno De Papa and Pastelillos.  I hope you give this a try and let me know what you think.

I aslo have a video on my channel for this.  Just click on the link and it will take you to my channel RuthyCanCook-YouTube channel




2 lbs. ground beef

4 tbsp. safrito

1 pack of sazon

1 pack of ham seasoning

1 tsp. oregano

½ tsp. cumin

1 tbsp. green olives chopped

2 tbsp. fresh cilantro chopped

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 8oz can tomato sauce (optional)



Pre-heat a medium size pan and then add in the ground beef.  Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes before adding in the ingredients. Chopping the meat as it is cooking.

Add in the safrito, sazon, and ham seasonings and give it a good stir.  Then add in the oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and minced garlic and give it another good stir.  Put the remaining ingredients green olives, fresh cilantro and stir once again. Continue to chop up the meat as it is still cooking.  You don’t want the ground beef to be chunky.  Cook for about 20 more minutes or until the ground beef is no longer pink. Drain off any access fat if any.

Now this is ready to be served over white rice, or used as a filling for Relleno De Papa, and Pastelillos.


Note:  I made this with tomato sauce and without and I prefer without the tomato sauce.

Crock Pot Cajun chicken and Sausage

Hi guys, I have another crock pot recipe for you.   I seen this recipe on Pinterest “Taste of Yum” and thought it was a good idea so I make it the way my family would like this recipe.

I love using my crockpot it save so much time in the kitchen and lets me do other things while dinner is cooking.  For this recipe I would omit the black beans as they really don’t add to this recipe, but give this a try and let me know what you think.




1 package of chicken tenders

1 package of Kielbasa sausage

3 tbsp. tomato paste

2 8oz can tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

1 15oz can diced tomatoes

1 cup chopped celery

1 15oz can black beans (optional)





In a 6-quart crock-pot add in the chicken tenders and season them with the garlic and onion powder.

Then add in the sausage and remaining ingredients and give it a mix.

Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours and on high for 3 hours.

Once the chicken is done take it out and shred using 2 forks.  At this time taste the sauce for more seasonings.

Put the chicken back in the crockpot and cook for 30 more minutes and then it’s done.

Serve over white rice


Mini Apple Pies

Hi Guys, I have an easy dessert recipe for you.  These mini pies are great for on the go, satisfying a sweet tooth, or just plain dessert.  It didn’t take me long to make and they came out great.

I love these with coffee in the morning they just hit the spot.  My family loved these and of course they are now part of our recipe book.  You don’t need that many ingredients either, and you can find all or most of the ingredients at Aldi.   You can do this recipe with homemade apple filling but I was trying to do this quick and easy.  I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.



1 package pie crust

1 can of apple pie filling (or homemade)


1 cup powder sugar

2 tbsp. milk


open pie crust and roll out one of the crust.  Using a 3 inch round cutter or lid, cut out as many discs as you can.  Then remove the disc and roll out the remain pie crust and repeat the cutting part.  Do this for both pie crust in the package.

Now using the apple pie filling take a teaspoon and place of the apple pie filling in the center of each disc.  Don’t put to much or the filling will just come out.

Once done with filling each disc fold over one half of the disc to close the mini pie.  Use a fork dipped in water to crimp the edges of the crust.  This will help prevent any of the filling coming out.  Repeat this until all mini pies are crimped and ready to bake.

Bake the pies according to the pie crust directions.  350 depress for about 10 minutes or until the pies are a like brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before putting on the icing.

For the icing put the powder sugar in a bowl and add the milk.  You want the icing to be a little thick so it will spread on pies.  Once icing is made using a brush to brush the icing on each pie.   Now its time to enjoy your hard labor.



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