Brazilian Comfort Food

I’m very lucky to have a best friend who is Brazilian. She is the life of the party and a fantastic cook. I’m lucky that she lets me poach recipes from her. My favorite Brazilian recipes are hearts of palm filling in puff pastry (there’s a Brazilian name for it, but I always just call it the “hearts of palm filling”) and a cake with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate icing. Seriously, the icing will slay your tastebuds and you’ll never be able to eat regular frosting again.

This week I was craving the hearts of palm filling. Go buy the ingredients and make this tonight. It’s the perfect, easy mid-week meal. I didn’t have the puff pastry that I usually use, so we just ate it on toast.

Ingredients for hearts of palm fillingIngredients
1 onion, diced
1 jar green olives, chopped
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 or 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 jar hearts of palm, sliced
5-6 wedges Laughing Cow cheese (or 16 oz cream cheese)

Hearts of palm filling on the stove

Preparation
Saute onions, add cheese to begin melting, then add remaining ingredients until mixed well and warm.

Normally you would then stuff the filling into mostly cooked puff pastry and put it back in the oven to continue baking until the puff pastry is completely done. Like I said, I didn’t have any, so we just ate it on toast. And this is a bonus, since I can find gluten free bread but I haven’t found gluten free puff pastry. If it exists, I’d love to know about it! This is a perfect appetizer or party food, but it also makes mid-week meals tasty and easy.

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