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Guajillo Chili, Tequila & Apricot Glazed Turkey

Guajillo Chili, Tequila & Apricot Glazed Turkey

Are you tired of the same old, dry turkey every Christmas? Our Mexican twist on the classic will have you making this turkey year round!

Ingredients

5 Guajillo Tajín chilis, stemmed and seeded

3 3/4 cups chicken broth, divided

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons tequila

Salt

1 (14-pound) turkey, giblets removed and reserved

1/3 cup apricot preserves (recommended: Bon Maman)

2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled

2 cloves garlic

Freshly ground black pepper

Dried apricots, California chiles, fresh cilantro, for garnish

Special equipment: poultry flavor injector (available at gourmet stores)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the chiles and 2 cups of chicken broth in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat. Let the chiles stand for 5 to 10 minutes to soften.

Mix 3/4 cup of chicken broth, melted butter, and tequila in a small metal bowl. Season with salt. Using a kitchen flavor injector, inject the mixture into the thighs, breasts, and legs of the turkey. If the mixture solidifies, place the bowl over a gas burner or in a warm oven until the butter melts.

Place the turkey on a rack set in a large roasting pan. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey body. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Place the giblets in the pan.

Transfer the chiles with their liquid to a blender. Add the apricot preserves, oregano, and garlic and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer the chile puree to a medium saucepan. Rub about 1 cup of the chile puree all over the turkey (reserve the rest for the sauce at the end), working some of it between the breast and the skin. Season the turkey generously with salt and pepper.

Add 1 cup broth to the roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue roasting the turkey until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 2 hours longer, basting every 20 minutes with drippings. Cover the turkey loosely with foil if it begins to brown.

Transfer the turkey to a platter, reserving the pan juices, and allow to rest while preparing the sauce.

Strain the pan juices into a large, heavy saucepan and discard any solids. Spoon the fat from the top of the liquid and discard. Add the remaining chile puree to the saucepan and stir until well combined. Boil over high heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Marcela Valladolid, Food Network.

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Romeritos with Nopales, your new Christmas favorite!

Romeritos with Nopales, your new Christmas favorite!

Are you tired of the same old Christmas dishes every year? Do you want to debut a dish that will be a definite showstopper? How about a traditional Mexican dish called Romeritos made with Nopales, or Mexican cactus paddle. It is a dish that will WOW everyone and will appease even the Vegans at your Christmas table!

Romeritos con Nopales

Ingredients

(Serves 2 to 4 people)
4 cups rosemary or romeritos
2 cups Doña Rosa nopalitos (cactus paddle), cut into strips
1/2 white onions
1 pinch sodium bicarbonate/baking soda
2 cups potatoes, peeled
1 cup dry shrimp
1 egg
Enough oil to fry
2 cups Mole Poblano Doña Rosa
Salt to taste

Directions

Place the romeritos in a saucepan with water to cover, cook them over medium heat without being completely cooked.

In a pot, place the nopales and the onions, cover with water and the pinch of sodium bicarbonate/baking soda, together with salt. Let them boil over high heat, reduce the flame, cover and cook over low heat until soft, 15-20 minutes.
Cook the potatoes in boiling water until they soften and you can easily chop them with a fork, about 15 minutes.
Cut the heads and tails of the shrimp and reserve them. Soak the shrimp in hot water for 10 minutes.
Dry grind the heads and shrimp tails, beat the egg to the nougat point and mix it with the shrimp power, form pancakes and fry in oil.

In a large pot, dissolve the Doña Maria Mole Poblano Paste in the water in which the shrimp soaked. Add the romeritos, nopales, potatoes and shrimp. Cook over medium heat and season with salt to taste.

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Buñuelos with Lavender Piloncillo Syrup

Buñuelos with Lavender Piloncillo Syrup

Have you ever heard of a crunchy, sweet, buttery dessert called Buñuelos? Well you are in luck because at Casa Mexico we are in the Christmas spirit and that means rolling out the dough and making buñuelos!

Ingredients

Makes about 18 buñuelos
10 fresh lavender flowers (optional)
1 7.5 ounce cone Piloncillo
1 cup water

Peel of 1 orange

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour plus 4 tablespoons for dusting

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract

1/3 to ½ cup warm water

Vegetable oil for frying

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Place lavender, piloncillo, 1 cup water and orange peal in heavy small sauce pan and bring to boil to dissolve piloncillo. Reduce heat to low and let cook 30 minutes to infuse flavors. Cool slightly and strain.

Place 1 2/3 cup flour in large bowl. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add egg, butter and vanilla. Using fingertips, mix until coarse crumbs form. Add warm water, a couple of tablespoons at a time, until dough comes together but is not too sticky. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and shiny, about 5 minutes. Place a little oil on fingertips and coat all of surface of dough with a little oil. Place in medium bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature (not to cold) for 30 minutes.

Divide into 14 to 15 balls, each about a tablespoon of dough. I use a scale, and each is about 1 ounce, but you can eyeball.

Coat each ball lightly with oil again and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 10 minutes.

Heat enough vegetable oil in skillet to come ½-inch up of the sides of the pan to 350°F. Working with one at a time, and on floured surface, roll each into paper-thin round using a rolling pin and constantly rotating. Fry each individually until golden brown, turning occasionally. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon and place on small baking sheet. Stand buñuelo upright on sugar mixture and carefully pour additional sugar all over buñuelos. Serve with syrup.

Recipe Courtesy of "Casa Marcela" Cookbook.

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How to make corn tortillas 101

How to make corn tortillas 101

Tortillas, the staple in every Mexican table, they breathe life into Mexican dishes, accompany through all our happiness and sorrys. They never disappoint, especially homemade tortillas, when they puff up perfectly in a heated comal. Here is the mother of all recipes, because every Mexican dish starts with a tortilla, so we will call it Masa Madre! Here is the true and tested way to make masa for corn tortillas, sopes, gorditas, empanadas, chochoyotes (don't worry we'll get to those too), and of course a Christmas specialty the tamales, its easy, its versatile and we can't live without it!

Ingredients

Makes about 12 tortillas

2 cups / 260g masa harina

1 to 1¼ cups / 240 to 300ml water

1 tsp pinch of salt

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the 1 cup / 240ml water with the salt then add the masa harina and mix well. Continue adding water 1 Tbsp at a time until you have formed a smooth and thick dough that has the consistency of stiff cookie dough.

Form 12 golf ball–size balls and lay a moist dish towel over them so they don’t dry out.

* This masa you can also use to make tamales, gorditas, corn empanadas, tlayudas, and other corn goodies!

Warm an ungreased comal or two skillets over medium heat.

Lay a precut sheet of plastic on the bottom of a tortilla press and place a ball of masa on top of the plastic. Place a second sheet of plastic on top of the ball and then squeeze the press firmly so that the dough is sandwiched between the two plates. You want the tortilla to be about ⅛ inch / 3mm thick. Open the press and remove the flattened masa, which will be stuck between the two sheets of plastic. Place it on your left palm (if you’re right-handed) and use your right hand to peel off the top sheet of plastic. Then flip it over and transfer it to your right hand, so that it rests in your right palm. Carefully peel off the other sheet of plastic, freeing the raw tortilla.

Gently deposit the raw tortilla onto the preheated comal or skillet. You should hear a faint sizzle as it hits the metal. Watch for the edge of the tortilla to begin turning opaque, a signal that it is cooking. When this happens (after 30 to 45 seconds), flip it to the other side and let it cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until the whole thing starts to turn opaque. Now flip it back to the first side and let it cook for a final 30 seconds. After the second flip, it should start to puff up a little, a sign that all of the water in the masa has evaporated and the tortilla is done.

Getting your technique down takes some fiddling. If the edges of your tortilla look grainy and dry, add 1 Tbsp water to your dough, massaging it in thoroughly. But don’t add too much water, or the masa will stick to the plastic and to the bottom of your pan. Make sure that your tortillas aren’t too thinly pressed and that the thickness is uniform, which makes it easier to flip them. You may also need to adjust the heat of your stove if you feel they’re cooking too quickly or too slowly. Once you get the moisture and temperature right, each tortilla should take a total of about 2 minutes to cook through.

As each tortilla is finished cooking, set it in a basket or a deep bowl and cover the growing stack with a dish towel to keep them warm as you add to it. Wrapped up well, in a basket or a box with a lid, they should stay warm for about 1 hour.

You can reheat a tortilla on a hot comal or in a skillet, flipping it a few times until it’s completely heated through. It’s okay if your tortilla gets a little charred. The black flecks add flavor. You can also reheat them in a stack. Begin by heating one tortilla. After you flip it, add another on top of the already hot side of the first one. After 30 seconds, flip them both together so that the cold side of the second one is now on the hot surface of the pan, and add a third tortilla to the top of the pile. Keep flipping and adding until you have as many warm tortillas as you need. There’s really no limit. Once they’re stacked, they will all keep each other warm.

Recipe Courtesy of Gabriela Camara's “My Mexico City Kitchen" Cookbook.

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Mole Rojo para Enamorarse

Mole Rojo para Enamorarse

Every time I think of mole my memory goes first to my paternal grandmother and great inspiration, my Tita, as she was the ultimate mole queen and cook galore. My second thought goes to Laura Esquivel's novel 'Como Agua para Chocolate' or 'Like Water for Chocolate', the main character, also named Tita (crazy coincidence, maybe all Tita's make the best mole) says something about love which I think can be applied to cooking, especially the cooking of such an intricately delicate dish like mole, she says "El amor no se piensa, o se siente o no se siente" or "You don't have to think about love, either you feel it or you don't". When you endeavor on a dish like mole, the task sometimes seems so daunting with almost 30 ingredients on your list, that you feel it or you don't. Like Tita in Laura Esquivel's novel when she wasn't feeling it her food could basically poison her guests but when she was in the mood her guests could feel it from very deep within ;)

So I invite you to be brave and try one of Mexico's most beautiful dishes the Mole, and to send you off with extra courage and love I share with you the Mole Rojo, so make it with love, for a loved one, a husband, boyfriend, or soon to be, and you'll see how they'll be swooning after just one bite!

Ingredients

Serves 10-12 people

9 oz / 255g mulato chiles, stemmed and seeded
Pinch of aniseeds
Pinch of cumin seeds
2 black peppercorns
2 allspice berries
2 cloves
½ cinnamon stick
4 to 6 Tbsp / 50 to 75g lard
2 whole chickens, cut into serving-size pieces
¼ cup / 30g pine nuts
3 Tbsp / 30 g pumpkin seeds
Scant ¼ cup / 30g black raisins
3 Tbsp / 30 g almonds
¼ cup / 30g hazelnuts
3 Tbsp / 30 g peanuts
¼ cup / 30g pecans
3 Tbsp / 30 g sesame seeds
6 Ritz or other rich-tasting crackers
1 corn tortilla
2 slices fluffy white bread (dinner roll or ciabatta)
½ white onion, coarsely chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, cored and quartered
1 very ripe (black) plantain, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large garlic clove
5 oz / 140g semisweet chocolate
¼ cup / 60ml water
6 cups / 1.4L chicken stock

Directions

First, lightly toast the chiles by placing them on a hot, ungreased comal or in a skillet over medium heat, turning them constantly as they heat up and begin to release their fragrance. Before they turn brown, remove them from the heat and submerge them in a bowl of water to let them soak and soften while you prepare everything else.

Next, you are going to toast all of the spices on your hot, dry comal or in an ungreased skillet. You should do this in batches because they have different toasting times, beginning with the ones that will toast the fastest: the anise and cumin. As soon as you can smell these toasted seeds, take them off the comal or skillet and place them in a spice grinder. Now do the same with the peppercorns, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon stick. After they’re toasted, add them to your spice grinder and grind the spices together. Dump the ground spices into a large bowl. You will be frying things in batches that you will be adding to this bowl. Eventually, all of this will go into the blender, but for now, you need a place to store the mole ingredients as you prepare them to be blended together.

Now sear the chicken that you are going to cook in the sauce. Melt 4 Tbsp / 50g of the lard in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottom skillet over medium-high heat. When the lard has melted completely and is shimmering, place as many pieces of the chicken in the pot as you can fit without crowding. The goal here is to brown each piece, so be sure they’re not overlapping. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and flip them over so that both sides get seared. When they look golden, using tongs, transfer them to a platter and repeat with the rest of the chicken pieces, adding more lard to the pan as needed.

The chicken should be just seared and not be cooked though at this stage because it will continue cooking in the mole sauce.

Once you’re finished searing the chicken, keep whatever grease and drippings remain in the Dutch oven or skillet to fry other things. You want about ½ inch / 12mm of shimmering oil in the bottom of the pan, and you will have to add more lard as needed. You are going to be frying the nuts and seeds in batches because, depending on their sizes, they will cook at different rates. You are looking for each thing to turn golden but not dark brown.

Begin with the pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, and raisins. Once you can smell the fragrance of these nuts and seeds and they look golden, remove them with a slotted spoon and place them in the big bowl with the spices. Now fry the almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pecans until they are fragrant and golden and then add them to the big bowl. Fry the sesame seeds by themselves, being extra careful to monitor them the whole time and moving them around with a wooden spoon or spatula as they fry because they can burn quickly. Add the sesame seeds to the big bowl.

Remember to add more lard to the pan when you need it, since the nuts and seeds will likely have soaked it up. Once the added lard has melted and is shimmering, fry the Ritz crackers very briefly, because they burn fast, then the tortilla, and finally the bread, placing it all in the big bowl with all of the previously toasted and fried ingredients. Add more lard if needed and fry the onion, tomatoes, plantain, and garlic until everything is golden and a bit stewy, then add it all to the big bowl.

In a small saucepot, combine the chocolate with the water and heat until the chocolate melts. Turn off the heat while you blend your sauce ingredients. Due to the amount of volume here, you are going to need to blend your sauce in batches. Know that from this point on, everything is getting blended together and then simmered, so the order in which you blend things doesn’t much matter.

You want a ratio of about 1:1 of stock to solid ingredients. I would suggest blending a couple of cups of solids at a time (4 cups / 960ml total, including the stock). When the contents of the blender are liquefied, dump it into your largest stockpot and then repeat the process. Finally, blend the soaked chiles with the remaining stock and add this to your pot, along with the melted chocolate, and stir well to combine.

Bring the mole to a simmer over medium-low heat. Drop the chicken into the pot and cover. Let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, then serve. The mole can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

Recipe Courtesy of “My Mexico City Kitchen” Cookbook.
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Pollo Pibil Rápidito

Pollo Pibil Rápidito

Pibil is such a mouth watering word for us Mexicans, we immediately transport ourselves to the beautiful Yucatán Peninsula, where this dish originated, also one of Mexico's most important cuisines, known for its assertive, pungent flavors. Pibil traditionally involves centuries-old traditional methods of cooking which include digging underground pits known as pib in the Mayan language, and burying a full pig wrapped in layers and layers of banana leaves, spices and achiote paste goodness.

Unfortunately we don't all have the privilege of being in the beaches of the Yucatan enjoying a traditionally made pibil, but we do have most everything we need for this Pibil Rapidín recipe below, it can be made with any regular chicken as well as with turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Ingredients

Serves 4 to 5 people

8 oz ripe tomatoes

1/4 red onion

3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

1/3 tsp kosher or sea salt

2 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons canola or sunflower oil

1/4 cup grapefruit juice

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup cane sugar vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons achiote paste

6 cups cooked shredded chicken, leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken

Picked Purple Onions with cane sugar vinegar (for serving)

Shredded Cabbage (for serving)

Warmed Komali Tortillas (for serving)

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler. Line small baking sheet or roasting pan with foil and place the tomatoes, onion and garlic cloves on the foil, set the broiler, 3 to 4 inches from the heat, broil for 4-5 minutes, until charred on one side. Flip over and broil for another 4-5 minutes, until the skin is blistered and completely charred; the tomatoes should be very soft with the juices beginning to seep out. Remove from the heat.

  2. Once everything is cool to handle, quarter the tomatoes and place in a blender, with the juices in the pan. Peel the garlic cloves and add to blender, add the onion, salt and 1 cup of the broth, puree until smooth.

  3. In a casserole or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Pour in the puree, stir occasionally for 7-8 min, until it thickens and darkens considerably.

  4. Meanwhile, combine grapefruit, orange and lime juice with vinegar, oregano, allspice, cumin, pepper to taste, achiote paste, and remaining 1 cup of broth in the blender and puree until smooth.

  5. Stir the juice mixture into the tomato sauce, bring to a simmer for 5 min

  6. Add the chicken, stir together and cook uncover until the meat has absorbed most of the sauce about 5 min, the dish should be very moist but not soupy.

  7. Serve the Pibil with a side of lime, pickled purple onions and cabbage, make into tacos, or serve with rice or for quesadillas with our homemade flour tortillas!

 

Recipe Courtesy of “Mexican Today” Cookbook.

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Tamales Dulces con ate de membrillo y queijo de azeitaõ

Tamales Dulces con ate de membrillo y queijo de azeitaõ

Because we know you can't get enough of our sweetness, here we have one of our favorite savory sweet tamales with quince paste and in ode to our host country of Portugal, we will use a very traditional sheep's cheese called queijo de azeitaõ.

Ingredients

Makes about 12 tamales

2 cups / 260g masa harina, mixed with 1 to 1¼ cups / 240 to 300ml water (as directed on this page)

5 Tbsp / 70g butter, softened

⅓ cup / 65g granulated sugar

6 oz / 170g queijo de azeitaõ cheese

6 oz / 170g ate de membrillo / quince paste

Greek yogurt for garnish

Directions

Begin by placing your corn husks to soak in a large bowl of warm water to soften while you prepare the ingredients.

Place the fresh masa or mixed masa harina in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or, if you prefer to do this by hand with a whisk, in a large bowl. You want to whip up your masa to get as much air into it as you can, making it fluffy. The more it’s worked, the lighter the tamales will taste. After beating it for 3 to 4 minutes, add the butter 1 Tbsp at a time and continue to whip it until it’s well incorporated. Then add the sugar and mix for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

Cut your azeitaõ cheese and ate de membrillo into 12 equal logs, approximately 2 x ½ inches / 5cm x 12mm. They should look like half of a string cheese stick. It’s not crucial that they be perfectly tidy and uniform as they will be tucked inside the tamales; you just want them to fit within the masa and for each tamal to have about the same amount of both cheese and quince paste.

Take your softened corn husks out of the water they’ve been soaking in, squeezing out any excess moisture. Open one up and place “about 3 Tbsp / 55g of the masa mixture in the center of the husk. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread it into a rectangle that’s about 3 x 2 inches / 7.5 x 5cm and about ½ inch / 12mm tall. It doesn’t need to be precise, just big enough to hold the fillings with enough corn husk on all sides so that you can wrap it up and no filling will ooze out. Place one log of cheese and one log of quince paste at the center of the masa and then bring the sides of the corn husk together, sealing the filling inside the masa. Now fold up the bottom of the corn husk so that the whole tamal is contained “inside the corn husk, then roll it up from the side.

The tamal should be “closed” on the bottom and open on top. Use a second corn husk to bind it further. There really isn’t a science to wrapping tamales. What’s important is that the insides stay as tight as possible and that no masa comes out during steaming. Repeat this process with the rest of the masa and filling. If you want, you can cut one of the corn husks into ribbons and use these ribbons to tie up the tamales for extra insurance.

Once you’ve finished, place a steamer basket in a stockpot and add 2 to 3 inches / 5 to 7.5cm of water. Place all of your tamal packages in the pot and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and let the tamales steam for 20 to 25 minutes, monitoring about halfway through the process to make sure that there is still a good inch or two of water at the bottom of the pan and adding more water if necessary. After 20 minutes, take one out and open it up to test if it’s done. Cut into one with a knife to ensure that the masa has the consistency of firm polenta and doesn’t ooze at all; the halves should cut cleanly and stay intact. Serve with a spoonful of the yogurt.

As with savory tamales, these can be cooked, stored in the refrigerator, and then reheated simply by steaming them again, and they will taste just as good as when they were freshly made.

Recipe Courtesy of Gabriela Camara's “My Mexico City Kitchen" Cookbook.

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Why you'll want to make Pozole for your next fiesta!

Why you'll want to make Pozole for your next fiesta!

Pozole is one of Mexico's most famous meals in a bowl, it's a favorite for the holidays, and any kind of parties! And as many party dishes conveniently its even better when prepared a day ahead, allowing you to sit, relax and enjoy your friends and family while the pozole simmers in the stove ready to serve.

 You can make it with chicken or pork or both, as well as white, green or red, the colors of our beautiful flag :) why it's also a dish that is served for our Fiestas Patrias, the 16th of September, contrary to popular belief not on the 5th of May. So now you can make your own pozole for your special celebrations, because pozole means sharing, happiness, laughter and of course lots of compliments after dinner!

       Red Chicken Pozole

Ingredients

Serves 12

 3 29-oz cans of hominy, drained and rinsed

2 3-pound chickens, cut into serving pieces (For Pork Pozole, substitute with 6-pounds pork shoulder/butt)

1 white onion
5 cilantro sprigs

Kosher or coarse sea salt

For the Chile Puree (what makes it red and spicy good),

2 ancho chiles, rinsed, stemmed and seeded

3 guajillo chiles, rinsed, stemme d and seeded

1/4 cup chopped white onion

3 garlic cloves

Pinch of ground cumin

2 whole cloves

1 teaspoon Kosher or coarse sea salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Accompaniments, as desired

5-6 limes
10 radishes, halved and thinly sliced

1 head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped white onion in small cubes

Dried ground chile, such as piquín

Dried Mexican oregano

Tortilla chips or tostadas

Refried beans

Directions

Place the chickens in a large pot and add water to cover by at least 2 inches. Add the onion, cilantro and 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 40 minutes. Drain, reserving cooking broth.

When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and bones and shred into bite-sized pieces. In the pot, combine the hominy and 2 cups of water with the shredded chicken and its broth. Taste for salt, add more if necessary and cook for 10 minutes or more; the pozole should be soupy.

Mexican cook's trick: Keep in mind that if you decide to substitute for the Pork option, the pork takes twice as long to cook, reserve the broth to add to the pozole.

For Chile Puree,

Place the chiles in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or until soft. Place the chiles, along with 3.4 cups of their cooking liquid, the onion, garlic, cumin, cloves and salt in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, pressing on the solids with the back of the wooden spoon to extract as much liquid and essence as possible.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chile puree and bring to a boil, then simmer for 6-8 minutes, partially covered with a lid (because it will be pungently good you may cry), stirring occasionally, until thickened, remove from the heat.

Stir in the chile puree to the while pozole and cook for 20 minutes for the flavors to fully macerate. Taste and adjust the salt.

Serve the pozole in large soup bowls, with the garnishes in bowls on the table so guests can customize their pozole experience.

Hominy, or maíz cacahuacintle, also known as giant white corn or maíz mote pelado, looks like corn kernels gone wild. White and super meaty, these giant kernes are an excellent and healthy choice for any stew our soup. Hominy is rich in Vitamin b, has about 4g of fiber per single cup, almost half the calories than white rice (120 calories vs. 250 calories in rice), naturally gluten-free and virtually zero fat (1 gram per cup).

Recipe Courtesy of "Pati's Mexican Table" Cookbook.

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Rompope de Monjas, the Mexican Eggnog

Rompope de Monjas, the Mexican Eggnog

Rompope is a custardy mixture of eggs, milk, sugar and alcohol (usually a sugarcane alcohol or rum), basically the Mexican equivalent of the American eggnog but better!

The most famous Rompope is made by the nuns or monjas of the Santa Clara Convent in Puebla, because in addition to evangelizing the local population, nuns in convents all over Mexico made the most delicious sweets, mixing European techniques with Mexican ingredients. Convent kitchens were bustling with activity the nuns usually competed with one another for culinary prestige!

Rompope usually contains alcohol but there are versions without, it can also be used instead of milk in a tres leches cake (more on that later;) or simply served on ice.

As we are in the festive spirit, we hope you enjoy your drink with history!

Ingredients

Serves 10 to 12

 

6 cups of milk

3 whole cloves

1 stick of cinnamon

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 cup sugar

12 large egg yolks

3/4 pure sugarcane alcohol like rum, cachaça, brandy or grog to taste

 

Directions

Combine the milk, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and baking soda in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 - 20 min. Remove from heat, add the sugar but don't stir, allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, make an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice or ice water.
Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until the thicken and are pale yellow 1-2 min. With a whisk or spatula, stir the sugar into the milk, it will dissolve easily now, slowly whisk in the egg yolks.
Rinse out and dry the egg yolk bowl and place in the ice bath. Set a fine sieve or strainer lined with cheesecloth over the bowl.
Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring with a heat-proof spatula, until thickened and creamy; do not allow the mixture to boil. It is ready when it leaves a channel when you run your fingers down the middle of the spatula. Remove from the heat and whisk in the alcohol. Pour through the strainer into the medium bowl and cool completely in the ice bath, stirring occasionally.
Once cool, transfer to a jar or container and refrigerate, serve chilled.
Recipe Courtesy of "Mexican Today" Cookbook.
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Baja Fish Tacos Ensenada Style

Baja Fish Tacos Ensenada Style

These beer-battered fish tacos are served just how we remember them from childhood, with the tangy crema, vinegary jalapeños and amazing tortillas it will immediately transport you to the magical beaches of my dearest Baja.

For the recipe you can use any type of white flaky fish, cod stands up well to frying but halibut is our favorite. You can also try it with shrimp! For vegetarians you can also replace this with banana blossom or jackfruit which are known to be the best options for replacing fish in this occasion.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 2 cups plain flour

  • 1 tablespoon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning

  • 1 cup dark Mexican beer (If you can't find that use any type of similar beer)

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 2 pounds of cod, cut into 5-inch strips (about 16 strips)

  • 1 tablespoon sugar cane white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon chile de arból oil (made by steeping chile de arból in warm olive oil to desired spiciness)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled Mexican oregano

  • 1 cup of shredded white cabbage

  • 1/2 cup of cilantro

  • Corn tortillas, warmed

  • Pickled jalapeños and carrots, for serving

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

  • Mexican crema, for serving (or any type of sour cream or greek yogurt no sugar will do)

  • Thinly sliced red onion, for serving

 

Directions

  1. Combine 1 cup of the flour, Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of salt, the oregano and the pepper in a medium bowl, Gradually add the beer and whisk until combined, set aside.

  2. Pour enough vegetable oil into a large, heavy skillet to come 1 inch up the sides of the pan and heat to 180C, Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon salt on a large plate.

  3. Season the fish pieces with salt and pepper and coat with the seasoned flour.

  4. Dip the fillets into the beer batter, then transfer to the skillet and fry in small batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan, until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  5. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil. Repeat with remaining fish.

  6. Combine the vinegar, chile oil, olive oil and oregano in a medium bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the shredded white cabbage and the cilantro and toss to combine.

  7. To assemble the tacos, place a warm tortilla on each plate, top with fried fish, cabbage and pickled jalapeños, Mexican crema and red onion slices.

  8. Serve immediately!

Recipes Tips:

You can also serve these tacos with an array of salsas on the side, the ones that go best with this dish are a deep chile de arból salsa and a pico de gallo, more recipes to come!

Recipe Courtesy of Casa Marcela
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Vegetarian Pozole Verde

Vegetarian Pozole Verde

When it comes to pozole, many people choose a side—Team Rojo, Team Verde, Team Blanco. But this vegetarian mushroom number is so good, it just might inspire a defection.

 You could have an unforgiving day at work, an unexpected late night, a bad hangover, or a sudden broken heart—no matter what it is that ails you, it can be soothed by a bowl of pozole. That’s one reason the hearty, filling, one-stop-stews are so beloved in Mexico. The other reasons are that they’re fun to eat (a key thrill of pozole is that you garnish and customize them as you please) and they hold beautifully, tasting even better when reheated after a good sit in the refrigerator. Pozoles are so big in Mexico that there are restaurants, fondas, and stands that serve the dish exclusively—they go by the name of pozolerías.

But not everyone holds all pozoles on the same pedestal. People—and even entire regions, cities, and towns—tend to have deep loyalties to only one camp: red (pozole rojo), green (pozole verde), or white (pozole blanco).

From the day I could hold a spoon, I’ve been partial to rojo. Bold, bright, rich and festive, I love it not only because I grew up eating it, but because it speaks to me of celebration. (My mother used to make pozole rojo for every and any event, including my wedding.) So you can imagine how shocked my family was when I let a second type of pozole deep into my heart: the velvety, sleek, and nurturing pozole verde.

Of course, at their core, most pozoles are the same. They start with the earthy, sink-your-teeth-in depth of cooked hominy along with its thickened broth. Known in Mexico as maíz cacahuacintle or maíz pozolero (and sometimes known in the U.S. as simply “pozole”), the hominy is cooked just until the tops merely open, blooming to reveal its signature chewy texture. That base is typically mixed with pork or chicken, vegetables, herbs, and aromatics. If you stop here (and plenty of cooks do), you’ve got pozole blanco—all you have to do is garnish it with the usual suspects of dried oregano, radishes, cilantro, onion, one or another kind of crushed dried chile, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Eat it with a crispy tostada and you’ve got a meal.

 When a blanco pozole goes rojo, it’s thanks to a red seasoning sauce that’s added near the end of the process. This sauce is typically made of dried chiles such as anchos, guajillos, or colorados; some seasonings and spices; and, sometimes, tomatoes. To take a pozole to verde territory, a green seasoning sauce is added. The most famous versions come from the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast, and include green ingredients such as poblano, jalapeño and/or serrano chiles; fresh lettuce (sometimes); and radish leaves. Instead of using tomatoes, bright green and tart tomatillos are used; sometimes other green ingredients are added, like pumpkin seeds, which add a velvety finish and nutty taste.

 I’ve fallen for pozole verde of all kinds: chicken, pork, even a regional variation made with beans. But the bowl I can’t get enough of now is this Pozole Verde Con Hongos. A vegetarian pozole, the base is a generous pile of mushrooms (any kind works) that are cooked until their juices release and they start to brown. A green seasoning sauce made from tomatillos, poblanos, and an optional serrano is added and cooked to thicken, then the hominy and broth get mixed in. Finally, like all pozoles, it is garnished to taste—I like pungent radishes, fragrant oregano, crunchy onion, tender leaves of cilantro, and a healthy squeeze of lime juice. Chased with bites of crunchy corn tostadas and it’s a pozole that even a rojo devotee can love.

 This vegetarian pozole relies on meaty mushrooms and, of course, toothsome hominy to become a filling, soul-nourishing meal-in-a-bowl. As with all pozoles, the garnishes are the thing: Top this one with pungent radishes, fragrant oregano, crunchy onion, and tender leaves of cilantro, and squeeze in as much lime juice as you please.

Ingredients

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 340gr cans of tomatillos

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 3 poblano or green bell pepper chiles, halved, seeds removed, coarsely chopped

  • 1 serrano chile, coarsely chopped (optional)

  • 1 cup salted, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving

  • 1 cup chopped parsley, plus more for serving

  • 3 Tbsp. chopped white onion, plus more for serving

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided

  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more

  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 2 lb. mixed mushrooms (such as white button and crimini), thinly sliced

  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 860gr can hominy, drained

  • 2–3 radishes, trimmed, halved, thinly sliced crosswise

  • Lime wedges and dried Mexican oregano (for serving)

  • Tostadas (for serving)

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Easiest Mole you will ever make!

Easiest Mole you will ever make!

Mole sauce, the epitome of Mexican food, is made from chilli peppers, cocoa and corn, and was already used before the colonial period as a filling for tortillas served at important meals. The name mole is derived from chilmolli in nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the word chil meaning chilli pepper and molli sauce or ragout.

According to the conquistador Bernal Díaz, the emperor Moctezuma used to eat chilmolli from a terracotta dish. Rumour also has it that tribal chiefs greeted Hernán Cortès and his captains like princes when they landed in Mexico and served them this sauce, traditionally offered to the gods.

Although the origin of the most widely known mole, mole poblano, made from chilli peppers and bitter cocoa, is disputed. It is said that a nun at the Santa Rosa convent in Puebla may have invented the recipe in the 17th century, when she heard of the impending visit of the Viceroy of New Spain. To honour her guest, she emptied the larder, mixing indigenous ingredients (chilli peppers, tomatoes, cocoa, etc.) with products introduced by the conquistadors (onions, garlic, almonds, cloves, cinnamon), and voila mole was created!

This is one of the easiest Mole Poblano recipes we have found, as making this dish can sometimes be an elaborate affair, but you absolutely won't regret it, the taste and smells that will be created in your kitchen will be enough to inspire many mole evenings in your house!

Ingredients

Serves 5-6 people

10 ancho peppers

7 pasilla peppers

4 morita chilies

2  guajillo chilies

1/2 onion

2 garlic

3 tomatoes

2 cinnamon sticks

50 grams of almonds

3 cloves

1 pinch of cumin

1 plantain

1 liter of water

100 grams of raisin

100 grams of peanut

1 corn tortilla

1/4 of cup of oil

5 pieces of chicken

5 cups of rice

1 pinch of pepper

100 grams of chocolate abuelita

Plus more corn tortillas for serving

 

Directions

1. Cook the chicken with garlic and onion water, can be swapped out for roasted veggies. Reserve the broth. Clean the chiles, remove the tails and seeds and roast them in a frying pan without oil, being careful not to burn them.

2. Now repeat the procedure with the other ingredients and grind the chilies with the tomato, onion and garlic adding a little broth.

And separately grind the rest. In a saucepan add both mixtures, add broth as needed.

3. Add the chocolate and don't stop moving. Cook for 45 minutes before adding the chicken, then let it boil for 20 more minutes. Serve and accompany with rice or tortillas.

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