Friday, December 28, 2012

My Family's Random Latin American Tradition

I just wanted to share a quirky holiday snack my family enjoys.  My family has been in the United States for generations now.  Our ancestry is strictly European.  However, we have one yummy holiday tradition that is straight from Latin America...

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Guava and Cream Cheese Crackers
I had a boyfriend who was born and raised in Colombia, and we spent a lot of time with each other's families.  One year, he was coming to dinner with my family for Christmas, so we decided to prepare something together to bring with us.  Neither of us was much of a cook, so I suggested we make some of the delicious guava crackers I had tried at his grandmother's house.  Our crackers were a huge hit with my family, and although the Colombian guy is long gone, these crackers have become a yearly holiday tradition at my house.  They make great hors d'oeuvres for any casual get-together, and are quite simple to make, if you can get a hold of the ingredients.  Goya products are available at many supermarkets in the US, especially in areas with large Latino communities.  The crackers are quite easy to find, but I don't always find the guava paste at every store that sells Goya products. 

Goya Crackers (They are like large thick soda crackers)
Plain Cream Cheese

Goya Guava Paste

To make the crackers you simply spread a liberal amount of cream cheese onto each cracker, and add a slice of the guava paste on top. That's it!

 The simple taste of the crackers coupled with the rich cream cheese and ultra sweet guava is to die for! Give it a try and maybe you will start your own guava cracker tradition! 


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