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January, 2014


Latin-Asian fusion is hot right now, but Asian immigrants have been influencing traditional Mexican cuisine for centuries. Pati goes food shopping with her good friend chef Janet Yu and gets inspired to create a menu full of Asian-inspired Mexican meals.


Five Spice Pecan Plum Empanadas

Five Spice Pecan Plum Empanadas
Empanadas de Ciruela y Nuez

Serves: makes 10 empanadas

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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 stick), diced

1 egg

3 tablespoons sour cream

1/2 pound plums, pitted and diced (about 11/2 cups)

1/4 pound apricots, pitted and diced (about 3/4 cup)

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

1/4 cup dark brown sugar or shredded piloncillo

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1/8 teaspoon five spice powder

1 egg beaten, for brushing

Granulated sugar for dusting, or you may use turbinado or dark brown sugar

La Lechera dulce de leche or cajeta, to drizzle on top or on the side for dipping (optional)

To Prepare

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and sour cream.

With your fingers, combine the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles a coarse meal (it should be crumbly). Rinse your hands and pour the beaten egg and sour cream into the large bowl with the crumbly butter mixture. Mix with a spatula until it comes together into smooth malleable dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

In a large bowl, combine the plums, apricots, pecans, brown sugar, cornstarch, lime juice and five spice powder and mix well.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously flour your kitchen counter and rolling pin. Roll out the dough about a to 1/4- to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the dough into rounds about 4-inches in diameter. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with any leftover dough scraps until you have used up all your dough. Place a heaping tablespoon of the plum filling in the middle of each circle to make chubby empanadas, brush around the edges with the beaten egg and fold to make a half moon, gently pressing with your fingers to close the edges. Finally, use the back of a fork to seal the dough without breaking it.

Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the empanadas on them, as you may need to bake 2 batches or use 2 baking sheets. Brush the tops of the empanadas with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake the empanadas for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Serve warm or cooled and, if desired, drizzle with dulce de leche or cajeta.

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Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol

Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol
Ejotes con Cacahuate y Chile de Árbol

Serves: 4 to 6

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Ingredients

1 pound green beans or Chinese long beans, ends removed and diagonally cut into about 2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

3 chiles de árbol, stemmed and thinly sliced

4 to 6 scallions, thinly sliced, light green and white parts only

To Prepare

Bring salted water to a boil, then add the sliced green beans and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes until al dente. Strain beans and set aside.

Combine the soy sauce, chicken broth, sugar and salt and mix well.

Heat the peanut oil over high heat in a large heavy skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the peanuts and fry, stirring constantly, for about 20 seconds (careful, they brown faster than it seems!). Add the garlic, stir, add the chiles de árbol, stir, add the scallions and stir.

Add the green beans to skillet and mix to combine all the ingredients, and finally pour in soy sauce mixture. Let it all cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately or turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.

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Amaranth & Panko Crispy Chicken CremaDipping Sauce

Amaranth and Panko Crispy Chicken with a Sweet and Spicy Crema Dipping Sauce
Pollo Empanizado con Panko y Amaranto con Crema Picante

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

For the chicken:

2 large eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 cup amaranth seeds (if not using amaranth, add another cup of panko)

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin

Vegetable oil, for cooking the chicken


For the dipping sauce:

1/4 cup Sriracha sauce

1 cup Mexican crema or Latin-style cream, or substitute sour cream

1 teaspoon Maggi sauce

1 tablespoon La Lechera sweetened condensed milk

To Prepare

To make the dipping sauce: In a mixing bowl, combine the Sriracha sauce with the Mexican crema, the Maggi sauce and the sweetened condensed milk until fully mixed.

To make the chicken: Place 1 chicken breast at a time in between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or skillet, or roll with rolling pin, to flatten. In a medium-to-large bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. In another bowl or on a plate, combine the panko breadcrumbs, amaranth seeds and salt.

Submerge each chicken breast in the egg mixture, then coat it on both sides, pressing slightly, with the panko-amaranth mixture so the whole breast is covered. Set aside on a cutting board or baking sheet. If making ahead, layer sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper between the prepared breasts, wrap tightly, and refrigerate or freeze.

Pour enough oil into a large skillet to reach 1/4-inch up the sides. Heat the oil over medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes until it is hot but not smoking, then place as many chicken breasts as will fit in a single layer without crowding the pan. If the edges aren’t bubbling in the oil, raise the heat to medium-high. Resist the urge to move the breasts around in the pan, as this my cause the amaranth coating to fall off. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side until golden brown, then gently flip and repeat on the other side. When the second side has crisped, remove the breasts from the pan and set them on a paper-towel-covered plate or wire rack. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces, adding more oil if needed.

If you’re not eating immediately, place the fried chicken breasts in a baking dish and keep them warm in a 250°F oven. Serve with the dipping sauce.

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Nana Jose's Flourless Chocolate Cake

Nana Jose’s Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake
Pastel de Chocolate y Nuez de la Nana Jose

Serves: 10

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Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for buttering the pan

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1 cup pecans

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Lightly sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Berries (optional)

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

Bring about 2-inches of water to a simmer in the bottom half of a double boiler or in a medium saucepan. Place the top half of the double boiler, or a metal bowl or heatproof pan if not using a double boiler, over the simmering water and melt together the chocolate and the 1/4 cup butter. Set aside to cool.

Using a blender, chop the pecans finely. Add the eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt and melted chocolate mixture, blending until smooth. Pour the batter into the buttered springform pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out moist but not wet, about 40 minutes.

Once it has cooled a little, run the tip of a knife around the pan and release the cake from the pan. Invert onto a plate, and then again, or serve directly onto plates if left on bottom part of springform pan. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve with whipped cream and berries.

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When you’re a busy mom to three boys and you have a job, you have to make an effort to set aside time for just you and the hubby. So today, Pati is preparing a special meal for a date night with her husband, Dany. And since he loves seafood, she’s going to make seafood dishes for their romantic night in. A trip down to the state of Michoacán where Pati meets the Butterfly Net Fishermen helps the inspiration.


Rodrigo-Style Fish

Rodrigo-Style Fish
Pescado Rodrigo

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

For the sauce:

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (white and light green parts only)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño or serrano chile, or to taste

1 tablespoon Maggi sauce or soy sauce

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste


For the fish:

6 tilapia fillets (about 6 ounces each) or other mild white fish fillets (sea bass, grouper, red snapper or rockfish), rinse and pat dry

1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

All-purpose flour, to coat fish fillets

Vegetable oil

12 corn tortillas, store-bought or homemade

To Prepare

To make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the scallions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, chile and Maggi sauce, and stir to mix well. Set aside for at least 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste, if need be.

Sprinkle the fish fillets with the salt and pepper. Spread flour on a large plate and coat each fillet thoroughly on both sides.

Heat 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the fish, in batches to avoid crowding, and sear for about 3 minutes, until crisped and browned on the bottom. Don’t fiddle with the fillets, let them brown so they don’t stick to the bottom and can be released. Turn and brown for about 3 minutes on the second side. The fish is ready when the thickest part is cooked through and it flakes easily with a fork. Put the fish on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a low (250°F) oven, if you won’t eat it in the next 10 minutes.

Transfer the fish to a platter and pour the sauce on top. Or, you can do as I do, flake the fish and serve drizzled with the sauce, ready to make tacos. Serve with corn tortillas.

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Shrimp Cocktail Pacifico

Shrimp Cocktail Pacífico
Cocktail de Camarones del Pacífico

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled

1 cup ketchup

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Maggi sauce or soy sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup finely chopped white onion

1 jalapeño or serrano chile, finely chopped, or to taste

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives

1/2 cup seeded and chopped ripe tomato

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican, or 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh

1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

1 ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted, meat scooped out and cubed

Tortilla chips, store-bought or homemade, or saltines

To Prepare

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Immediately drain the shrimp and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sauce and olive oil. Add the shrimp and toss to combine. Add the onion, chile, olives, tomato, parsley, cilantro, oregano and salt, and mix gently until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

When ready to serve, stir the avocado into the shrimp cocktail. Serve with tortilla chips or saltines.

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January 15, 2014

“One of the great joys of my life is writing cookbooks. Danny and I are deep in development on our next cookbook, American Classics Reinvented…We think, all day long, about the way these recipes taste to us and how we can meticulously measure and write more clearly so these recipes will taste good in your kitchens. We both hope to be doing this for decades.

Another of my great joys in life is letting you know about other great cookbooks, especially the ones written by friends. We speak this weird language — grams, headnotes, pub dates, Amazon rankings — that only other people who write cookbooks understand. But more than that, when we meet people like Dorie Greenspan or David Lebovitz or Julie Van Rosendaal, we feel like we’ve met family somehow. These are folks who love to spend most of their time in the kitchen, feeding friends or fussing over how the sauce is reducing. These are our people.

One of our favorite cookbook authors is Pati Jinich. Do you know her? Oh, you should! Pati is all life, a huge smile, an enormous heart, and one great cook. We had the chance to meet through this crazy internet cooking world a few years ago and I’ve loved following her food and cooking adventures since…”

To read the entire article, click here.


January 15, 2014

I really enjoyed taking part in this fascinating discussion led by guest-host Jennifer Goldbeck, from the University of Maryland, on the preserving culinary culture and the merits of the United Nations’ cultural arm UNESCO’s commitment to culinary traditions. Other guests included Frank Proschan, from UNESCO, and Matt Goulding, chief editor and publisher of Roads & Kingdoms.

To listen, click here.


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