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Olé to Mole – Two Recipes and More

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Some sauces are synonymous with their countries of origin – béarnaise from France, tomato-y Italian marinara, and intriguing curry of India. In Mexico, it’s mole (MOH-le), and Oaxaca is where it has achieved perfection. Continue reading Olé to Mole – Two Recipes and More

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Spicy seafood stew with tomatoes & lime

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 7.03.39 PM.pngIngredients

  • 2 dried ancho or guajillo chilli
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste or 1 tsp
  • smoked hot paprika (pimentón)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 250g chopped tomato, from a can
  • 200g large peeled raw prawn
  • 300g halibut or other firm white
  • fish fillets, cut into 2½ cm pieces
  • 300g clam
  • 500g small new potato, halved and boiled
  • juice 2 limes

To serve: lime wedges, 1 avocado, chopped, handful coriander leaves , 1 small red onion 

Toast the chillies in a hot dry frying pan for a few moments (they will puff up a bit), then remove. Deseed and stem chillies, and soak in boiling water for 15 mins. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, season and cook for about 5 mins or until softened. Add the chipotle paste, reconstituted chillies, cumin, stock and tomatoes. Sauté for 5 mins, then purée until very fine in a blender. Pour back into the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins. When close to eating, add the prawns, fish fillets, clams and potatoes. Place a lid on top and cook for 5 mins over a medium-high heat. Add the lime juice and serve with lime wedges, avocado, coriander, red onion and tortilla chips for sprinkling over.

*From BBC Food

Cauliflower a la Mexicana

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.14.31 AM.pngIngredients:

  • 2 large (8 ounces)
    fresh poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeds discarded
  • 3 pounds cauliflower cut into bite-size florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Mexican queso anejo or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan
  • Salt

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Mexican queso anejo for garnish

Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Lightly oil an 11 x 7 casserole dish.

Puree the roasted poblano in a food processor until smooth.

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Scoop in the cauliflower florets and blanch for 4 to 5 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Spread onto towels and let the florets dry completely. Once dry, transfer them to a large bowl.

In a 4 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter had melted, add the shallots and cook for several minutes or until the shallots have softened. Stir in the flour and continue stirring for 2 minutes to make sure that the flour has cooked. Whisk in the heavy cream slowly so you don’t get lumps in your sauce. Then stir in the queso anejo and the poblano puree. Bring the mixture back to a boil and continue stirring until the sauce has thickened. Remove it from the heat, season with 1 teaspoon salt and pour over the cooked cauliflower. Using a rubber spatula, gently toss the cauliflower to coat. Scrape the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, mix together the panko crumbs, almonds and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the top of the cauliflower and place into the preheated oven on the center rack. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top has browned. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons queso anejo over the top.

*From Rick Bayless

Toasted Guajillo Chile Salsa

IngredientsScreen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.31.24 AM.png

SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

  • 4 ounces dried guajillo chiles (about 18), stemmed
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Preparation

Heat a large dry cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, toast chiles until slightly puffed and fragrant, 15-20 seconds per side. Let cool.

Using kitchen scissors and working over a medium bowl, cut chiles into thin rings, reserving seeds. Cover with 2 cups very hot water and let soak for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook, turning often, until tender and skin is lightly charred, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Peel; trim ends.

Transfer chiles with seeds and liquid to a blender; add roasted garlic, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining ingredients. Pulse until a thick, coarse purée forms. Season with salt.

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 8.10.27 AMINGREDIENTS

  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 large egg yolks
  • 1 loaf challah bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (stale is best)
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Cinnamon Sugar Sauce, recipe follows
  • Freshly whipped cream, for serving

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Seared Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.36.28 AMIngredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets

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Chocolate Habañero Cake with Chocolate Avocado Buttercream

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 5.58.45 AMIngredients

  • 2  Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2  Cups  sugar
  • 3/4  Cups  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2  Teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1  Tablespoon  finely ground coffee
  • 1  Tablespoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground allspice
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ancho chile powder, or to taste
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  chipotle chile powder, or to taste
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  habañero powder, or to taste
  • 1 1/4  Cup  whole milk
  • 1/4  Cup  vegetable oil
  • 2  large eggs
  • 2  Teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 6  Ounces  unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2  Pound  unsalted butter, cubed, softened
  • 1  ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  Cup  confectioners’ sugar, sifted

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