Kitchen Adventures: Guava-rama

As much as I’d like to think of myself as something of a food savant, I’ll often come across random things in the grocery aisles and wonder, “What the eff do I do with this?”

Such was the case recently with a round can of guava paste. I picked it up at a local supermarket with an excellent Latin American food section, intending to use a bit of it in a baking experiment, but wasn’t quite clear on what to do with the rest. I mean, there’s a crapload of it stuffed in there. It sort of looks like that gelatinous cranberry jelly that pops out of a can, only darker, thicker and tastier.

Well, it turns out you can use guava paste in a crapload of ways, too–in Cuban empanadas with some cream cheese, in turnovers, in muffins, even in meat sauces. Pretty much anything goes when using the stuff, including these:

Ta-da! Guava macarons, straight up.

I’ll post a recipe shortly for these guava macarons. In the meantime, here’s a fresh and simple way to munch your way through a whole can of guayaba paste: Stick cubes of paste and a white cheese (the stronger-tasting, the better) with a toothpick, add some bread, and have yourself a little feast. Muy bueno!

 

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6 responses to “Kitchen Adventures: Guava-rama

  1. These look yummy! The only time I’ve had guava was at this bakery in San Jose, CA called Aki’s Bakery. Their guava cakes are their specialty and oh so good. Looking forward to trying your macarones recipe!

    • Chow Bella

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, guava is pretty darn delicious. Even better in their fresh form! I used to live in Palo Alto, but haven’t gone to Aki’s. Next time I’m in the area, I’ll have to check it out. Stay tuned for the guava macaron recipe!

      • Awesome! I can’t wait to try these. After I saw your post, I thought about how to make a gluten-free version of an Aki’s cake (perhaps with almond flour?). I think macaron’s are gluten-free, yes? I’m heading out to the market later today and will need to see if I can locate some guava paste!

  2. Coleen

    Love the Penguin Classic tie-in!

  3. kaleahy

    looks to me like tropical quince paste. yum! In other explorations, I found coconut jam at the store the other day. It was pricy stuff, but it sounded so good, like coconut custard straight out of the jar!

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