Breakfast at home is serious business.
My mom has always made a big effort to create a delicious morning experience in our house. I love visiting Panama because my mom goes all out when I am there. She makes all the foods and things that she knows I love.
And that means frituras or fried things. Delicious crispy, fatty items made from a variety of doughs, usually based on corn, flour cassava, taro, eddo & other starches.
They are usually stuffed and made into several types of fried foods.
Here’s a list of the most popular Panamanian breakfast items:
Carimañolas – Cassava Fritters filled with beef or prok
Empanadas de Harina – Buttery flaky pastry pockets stuffed with an assortment of fillings such as cheese, beef, chicken.
Hojaldras – Flour dough, can be sweet or savoury, drizzled with sauces, syrups, dusted with sugar & cinnamon.
Bollos de Maíz – Similar to a tamal, ground corn dough formed into a husk, steamed then cut into chunks that can be fried in butter
Bollos de Coco – Same as the corn ones but with coconut added.
Bollos Preñados – “Pregnant” Bollos, usually stuffed with pork, beef or chorizo
Tortillas de Maíz- Yellow or white corn dough formed into patties then deep fried to crunchy goodness.
Almojábanos – Tortilla de Maíz dough mixed with cheese & formed into “S” shapped fritters
Chicharrón – Pork Cracklin’
Chorizo – Spanish sausage
Tasajo – Dried beef similar to jerky
Puerco Frito – Fried pork & cracklin’ bits
salchichas guisadas – Sausage, peppers & onions in an annto tomato broth
Bistec encebollado – Steak & sauteed onions
Queso del Pais traditional Panamanian queso fresco
Among others…. Aaaand now I’m hungry!