In keeping with our 'back to our roots' food for this Christmas, I prepared a breakfast 'casserole' that was a play on a typical Cuban food combination...guava and cream cheese pastelitos!
Cream cheese and guava go together like love and marriage...or a horse and carriage...or like Oreos and milk...take your pick of matches! Just know that they just do!
Guava y queso pastelitos are puff pastry, sometimes triangular 'envelopes', sometimes round, or rectangular, and always delicious...that have been filled with guava and cream cheese...instead of making something like these, puff pastry triangles filled with cream cheese and guava...
I used (don't tell anybody...) a can of crescent rolls, cream cheese to which I beat in some vanilla yogurt, to fluff it up, and some pieces of guava paste and baked it in a small individual casserole.
Guava paste can be bought in Hispanic or Latino groceries and comes usually in bar, squares or round shapes. The one I use is one my sister sent me from Miami and it's the square Conchita brand
Place one layer (equivalent of two rolls) of the roll dough in the bottom, add a few spoon fulls of the cream cheese and plain or vanilla yogurt mix, a few thin slices of the guava paste and if you still have any more of the cream cheese mixture, spread it on top...then cover with another layer of the dough, brush with melted butter and for good measure, sprinkle some granulated sugar on top. Bake at 350 F until top is golden and the sides look bubbly.
This version of a 'pastelito de guayaba y queso' was a hit...Anthony ate all of his...I could only eat half, for now, and saved the other half for later...too good to 'waist' (pun intended)
I couldn't help adding this cute little stocking, included in our Christmas box, from our cousin Nancy!
Wishing everyone a wonderful day!