Mac con Queso/ Chica, Miami

(WSVN) - If you still have a little room left after eating all those Christmas snacks and goodies, here’s a delicious and cheesy addition to the holiday dinner table. That’s what’s cooking tonight as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Lorena Garcia
The Restaurant: Chica, Miami
The Dish: Mac con Queso


1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
¼ cup panko crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup shallots, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
4 cups Peruvian corn
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup white wine
½ cup heavy cream
1 cup (packed) fresh spinach, chopped
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup hearts of palm, cut into ½-inch rounds

Method of Preparation:

  • In a small bowl, toss together the Parmigiano Reggiano and panko crumbs, and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In an oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and garlic to hot oil and sauté for one minute.
  • Add Peruvian corn and salt.
  • Cook for four minutes then add white wine.
  • Reduce heat to low and add heavy cream.
  • Toss in the spinach, white pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice and hearts of palm.
  • Stir together and simmer for two minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and sprinkle with cheese-panko mixture.
  • Place skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.

Serves: 4

Chica Miami
5556 NE Fourth Court
Miami, FL 33137

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