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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche CheesecakePay de Queso con Dulce De Leche

Serves: 12

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Ingredients

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups finely ground Maria cookies, vanilla wafers or graham crackers

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan


For the cream cheese filling:

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

1 14-ounce can La Lechera sweetened condensed milk

3 large eggs, at room temperature


For the dulce de leche topping:

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 14-ounce can La Lechera dulce de leche

1 cup chopped pecans

To Prepare

Butter a 9- to 10-inch springform pan and set aside.

To make the crust: In a large bowl combine the ground cookies and melted butter until thoroughly mixed. Turn the cookie mixture into the springform pan. With your fingers, pat it evenly around the bottom of the pan, gently pushing it up the sides to make a crust 1/2- to 1-inch tall. Refrigerate while you make the cream cheese filling and dulce de leche topping.

To make cream cheese filling: Place the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until smooth and light, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until well mixed, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, again scraping down the bowl as needed, and continue beating until the mixture is well blended and smooth, set aside.

To make the dulce de leche topping: In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream with the dulce de leche until combined.

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

Remove the springform pan from the refrigerator. Gently spread the cream cheese filling evenly, trying not to distress the crust. Place the cheesecake in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until it is set and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before you add the dulce de leche topping.

Spoon the dulce de leche topping over the cream cheese filling, add the pecans all around the edge and place the pan back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cheesecake cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. It tastes even better if it chills overnight.

Before serving, run the tip of a wet knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake. Remove the ring, then slice and serve the cake.

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo SalsaPico de Gallo

Serves: makes about 4 cups

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Ingredients

1 pound ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 3 cups)

1/2 cup finely chopped white onion

1 jalapeño or serrano chile, finely chopped, or to taste

1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and top part of stems, or to taste

2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, or to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

To Prepare

Place the tomatoes, onion, chile, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil (if using) and salt in a bowl and toss well. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.

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Molletes

Grilled Cheese and Bean HeroesMolletes

Serves: 4 to 6

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Ingredients

4 teleras, bolillos, Portuguese buns, petite baguettes or large baguettes, cut into 5- to 6-inch pieces

2 cups refried beans, homemade or store-bought

2 cups shredded Oaxaca, mozzarella, Monterrey Jack or mild cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Traditional tomato pico de gallo salsa, or other salsa of your choice

Optional extra toppings: crumbled and fried Mexican-style chorizo, crisp bacon, ham, turkey, sautéed mushrooms or avocado slices

To Prepare

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Spread each piece with 3 to 4 tablespoons of refried beans and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated cheese. Arrange the molletes on a baking sheet as you make them. If you want to add more toppings like ham, turkey, bacon or chorizo, sprinkle them on top of the cheese.

When they are all assembled, bake until the cheese has melted and the bread has a nice toasted crust on the bottom and around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Eat while hot. Serve with pico de gallo, or your favorite salsa, on the side.

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Alphabet Soup

Alphabet SoupSopa de Letras

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes, quartered, or whole canned tomatoes, drained

1 garlic clove, peeled

1/4 cup coarsely chopped white onion

1 cup water

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups alphabet-shaped pasta (12 ounces), or any other small-shaped pasta

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

To Prepare

Place the tomatoes, garlic, onion and water in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the pasta, stirring continuously. As you fry the pasta, it will change in color from a deep white to a deep brown. Take care not to burn it! You want to cook it until it smells toasty, but not bitter like burned toast, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour the tomato puree over the pasta, sprinkle in the salt, and stir. Be careful, as the puree will want to jump all over your burners, it’s a good idea to cover it partially with a lid. Let the tomato base cook and thicken for about 6 minutes, stirring often, until it becomes a deeper red and has thickened to the consistency of a thick puree. Keep on stirring, so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. You will see the base of the pot as you stir, but the sauce will not be dried out. Cooking the tomato puree to this point will give the soup a really nice depth of flavor.

Pour in the broth, stir, and when it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for another 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve.

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This episode is all about Pati’s boys — it’s time for a little mother/son bonding time. First, Pati takes Alan, Sami, and Juju to their favorite place to have fun, and then for lunch, the boys will pick their absolute favorite dishes that their mom makes. The only hitch? They have to give mom a hand as she prepares each dish.


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