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Cheese Flan

Denise Gonez-Santos’ Cheese Flan

2 cups sugar melted in a heavy saucepan.

To a blender add:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend well.

When the sugar is melted, carefully pour into a metal-roasting pan. Carefully swirl the sugar mixture to coat sides of the pan. Let sit for about 2 minutes until slightly harden. Then pour the cream mixture on top of the sugar. Place the roasting pan in a water bath. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.

To remove from the pan, slide a knife around the side of the pan and carefully flip onto a serving plate.

Miguel Santo’ Sofrito

In a food processor add:

1 bunch of cilantro
2 heads of garlic
1 green pepper
1 large onion
Process into fine chunks. (This is used in the next rice dish)

Denise’s Arroz Con Gandules – Rice with Pigeon Peas

In a large saucepan add:

3 Tbsp. olive oil and a medium sized ham steak, cubed. Brown the ham.
Rinse 2 ½ cups of rice and set aside.
To the ham add 3 Tbsp. of Miguel’s Sofrito
2 Tbsp. tomato sauce
4 cups of water
Bring this mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling add:
1 pkg. Sazon seasoning
1 cup while green olives
1 can pigeon peas, undrained
Again, bring this to a boil.
Once it is boiling, add the rinsed rice, stir. Cook about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked.