D is for Dominican Republic: Pastelón de Harina de Maíz

Hot, bubbly beef and cornmeal casserole

Hot, bubbly beef and cornmeal casserole

When I pulled the Dominican Republic for the letter D, I was pretty excited.  Finally, we were at least swapping hemispheres!  It would be like a mini Caribbean vacation in my kitchen (sans the gorgeous beaches, girly boat drinks, and bikinis)!  Ok, so it wouldn’t be exactly like a Caribbean vacation, but c’est la vie.

Anyway, Google searches yielded a ton of information about Dominican cuisine.  With African, Spanish, and indigenous influences, Dominican food tends to feature hearty, inexpensive dishes.  And with cold weather slowly creeping into our region and my budget refusing to expand, these are attributes I can certainly get behind.

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