Faina de zapallitos, a recipe from Uruguay

Here there are some images form a market in Montevideo, where I introduced the zapallito, a vegetable that looks like a round zucchini. Today I will show you a recipe we made during an Uruguayan cooking class (offered by our Spanish language school La Herradura). Faina is like a flan, but be aware: this is not like the faina that you get in pizzerias here (which is more like an Italian farinata made with chickpea flour - lots of immigrants from Liguria here!). These fainas are different and based on eggs an flour, plus different ingredients for flavor. A part from the faina de zapallitos we also made a faina de queso (cheese) and Arantxa and Max made a salchichon de chocolate (just like the Italian salame di cioccolato).

Faina de zapallitos

500g zapallitos
half onion
2 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
12 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
salt and pepper to taste
butter to grease and breadcrumbs to sprinkle

Chop the zapallitos and onion, then put in the blender with the other ingredients. Blend. Grease with butter a 23 cm flan dish, then sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Add the mixture and bake at medium temperature for about 25 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick to see if the faina is cooked. Let it cool down before cutting. The colour was beautiful! 

Clockwise from left: Making faina de zapallitos, a zapallitosalchichon de chocolatefainas de queso (yellow) and de zapallitos (green).

You can also find the recipe for the faina de queso in the school's blog, just click here.

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


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