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Fish over Fennel Salad with a Jalapeno and Olive Salsa

Fish over Fennel Salad with Jalapeño and Olive Salsa
Pescado con Ensalada de Eneldo y Salsa de Jalapeño y Aceitunas

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

For the fennel salad:

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (about 1/4 of a red onion)

2 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced or cut into segments, plus juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


For the olive salsa:

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 tablespoon tequila

1/4 cup chopped pitted black Italian olives in brine

1 jalapeño chile, thinly sliced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, leaves and upper stems, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley, leaves and upper stems, chopped

Freshly squeezed juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


For the fish:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

4 6-ounce red snapper fillets, or any mild fish of your choice, such as tilapia, rockfish or grouper

3 tablespoons olive oil

To Prepare

To prepare the salad: To toast the pumpkin seeds, place them in an already hot, small sauté pan set over low heat. Stir often, being careful that they don’t burn, until you start to hear popping sounds (similar to popcorn), and they begin to turn from green to a toasty brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl.

Combine fennel, red onion, orange segments and juice in a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add the toasted pumpkin seeds. Toss once more and wait to serve with the fish.

To prepare the salsa: Place the golden raisins in a medium mixing bowl and pour the tequila over the raisins. Allow the raisins to plump up in the tequila for a few minutes while prepping the remaining ingredients. Then add the olives, jalapeño, cilantro, parsley, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to the bowl with the raisins and tequila. Combine well and serve with the fish.

To prepare the fish: Combine the flour, a pinch salt and a pinch pepper on a flat plate and spread. Using a small knife, score each fish filet, cutting 3 shallow horizontal lines into the skin of each fillet – do not cut through the fillets. Dust the fillets on each side with a thin layer of the flour mixture.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot and ready (test by dipping a piece of the fish to see if it happily bubbles), place the fillets in the pan skin-side down. Cook until the skin is crisped and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. If at any point the fish begins to curl, use a spatula to press the fish firmly down in the pan. Flip with a spatula or tongs and cook on the other side until done, about another 4 minutes. Transfer the fish to a plate covered in paper towels to drain. Serve on top of the fennel salad and with the salsa on the side.

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Caballeros Pobres

Yucatán-Style French Toast
Caballeros Pobres

Serves: 6 to 8

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Ingredients

For the syrup:

4 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/4 cup raisins, or to taste

1 ceylon or true cinnamon stick

3 whole cloves

2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)


For the toast:

6 eggs, separated

1 cup milk

1 14-ounce can La Lechera sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 large French baguette or thick baguette of your choice, cut into 3/4-inch slices

1/2 cup chopped almonds

To Prepare

Place a medium saucepan with the water, sugar, raisins, cinnamon and cloves over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let it cook until it achieves the consistency of a light syrup and the flavors from the spices have infused the liquid, about 35 minutes. Turn off the heat. If you like a hint of alcohol in your dessert, add the sherry. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer over medium-high speed until they hold stiff peaks. Reduce the speed to low, add the yolks one by one and continue beating just until incorporated, so the volume will not decrease much.

In a large bowl, combine the milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, stir until incorporated.

Set the bowl with the milk mixture beside the bowl with the beaten egg whites and yolks.

Fill a large sauté pan with about 1/4-inch of oil and heat over medium heat until hot, but not smoking, and you see ripples in the oil when you tilt the pan.

One at a time, dunk each piece of bread in the milk mixture until soaked, immediately dip into the egg mixture to completely cover, and place the coated slice in the hot oil. Fry for about a minute on one side, until golden brown, flip to the other side and do the same. Add as many bread pieces as will fit into the pan without over-crowding. When finished frying, place the bread pieces on a baking dish covered with paper towels to drain.

Traditionally, the “poor gentleman” pieces are placed on a platter, covered with the syrup and refrigerated. But I think they are a thousand times tastier served hot! Cover the pieces with warm syrup, sprinkle chopped almonds on top and serve.

If you have leftovers, cover the battered and fried bread pieces with the remaining syrup and almonds, and store covered in the refrigerator. I admit they are also fabulous cold.

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Huevos Rancheros with Calabacitas

Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini
Huevos Rancheros con Calabacitas

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

For the salsa:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup chopped white onion

1 jalapeño, finely chopped, more or less to taste

1 1/2 pounds ripe Roma tomatoes (about 5 to 7 tomatoes), cored and chopped, don’t discard the seeds

1 large or 2 medium zucchinis, chopped (about 2 cups)


For the eggs:

8 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, to cook the eggs

To Prepare

To make the salsa: In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until hot, but not smoking, then add the onion and jalapeño, cook, stirring occasionally, until completely soft and translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the tomatoes and cook until they become soft, juicy and mushy, about 15 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low, add the zucchini, cover, and cook for about 6 minutes or until zucchini is cooked through but still with a crisp bite, and the tomatoes are completely mushy. Remove the lid and turn off the heat.

To make the eggs: Heat a small, 6-inch non-stick skillet over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes. Add half a teaspoon oil, once hot, crack two eggs at a time into the pan, sprinkle with salt to taste, cover with a lid, and cook to your preferred doneness. I give them about 5 minutes, as I like the whites fully cooked and the yolks runny. Serve with a generous amount of salsa on top.

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Mexican Style Gravlax with Cilantro and Tequila

Mexican-Style Gravlax with Cilantro and Tequila
Gravlax con Cilantro y Tequila

Serves: makes 24 small toasts

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Ingredients

For the gravlax:

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder, ancho chile powder, or a Mexican mix

2 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt, plus more for seasoning

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 cup finely chopped cilantro

Zest of 1 lime

1 pound fresh salmon, skin on, bones removed

2 tablespoons silver tequila


To serve:

6 5-inch flour tortillas or whole grain bread, toasted

1 cup Mexican crema

1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, chopped

1 lime, halved

To Prepare

Combine the cumin, chile powder, salt, pepper, sugar, lime zest and cilantro in a small bowl. Place the salmon flat, skin-side up, in a long baking dish. Make 10 to 12 1-inch slashes in the skin with the tip of a knife, just deep enough to reach the flesh. Rub 1/3 of the salt mixture into skin, then flip the fish over, spoon the tequila over the fish and rub the remaining 2/3 of the salt mixture on the salmon.

Cover the fish tightly with plastic wrap, then place a slightly smaller baking dish directly on top of fish and weigh it down with heavy unopened cans. Refrigerate for 2-3 days, basting with the resulting juices each night and re-covering and weighing back down again.

When ready to serve, remove the gravlax from the refrigerator. Thinly slice the salmon flesh, taking care not to cut through the skin and arrange the pieces on a platter. Serve with lightly toasted flour tortillas or toasted whole grain bread (keep warm in a clean kitchen towel, bread basket or tortillero), and let everyone garnish with the crema, avocado and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee
Café de Olla

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

8 cups water

6 tablespoons coarsely ground dark-roasted coffee beans

8 tablespoons grated or finely chopped piloncillo or dark brown sugar, or to taste

1 ceylon or true cinnamon stick

To Prepare

Bring the water to a rolling boil in a pot. Reduce the heat to low and add the coffee, piloncillo and cinnamon stick. Simmer partially covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and serve. Alternatively, remove the cinnamon stick and pour the drink into a French press; press down on the plunger and serve.

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Drunken Salsa

Drunken Pasilla, Prune and Orange Salsa
Salsa Borracha de Pasilla, Ciruela y Naranja

Serves: makes about 3 cups salsa

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Ingredients

6 to 8 pasilla chiles (about 2 ounces), stemmed and seeded

2 garlic cloves with husks on

1 cup boiling water

1 cup beer

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/2 cups pitted prunes

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

To Prepare

Set a skillet or comal over medium heat and, once hot, toast the chiles for about 1 minute per side, being careful not to burn them. Remove from heat.

Roast, or char, the garlic cloves for about 6 to 8 minutes either on the same skillet or comal, or under a broiler for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and peel away the husks once the cloves have cooled.

Place the toasted chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with the boiling water, beer and orange juice. Add the prunes to the pan and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Put the chiles, prunes and cooking liquid into a blender, along with the garlic and salt. Puree until smooth and serve.

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Papa Rellenas with Avocado Sauce

Papas Rellenas with Avocado Sauce
Papas Rellenas con Salsa de Aguacate
Recipe courtesy Sabrina Soto

Serves: 6 to 8

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Ingredients

For the Cuban picadillo:

2 cups diced white onion

1 small jar of pimento chiles

2 cups seeded and finely chopped green pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil, for sauteing

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds ground beef

3 large Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 cup chopped green olives

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

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste


For the papas rellenas:

4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 tablespoon warm milk

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

2 eggs beaten with 1 tablespoon water

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for frying


For the avocado sauce:

2 ripe avocados

Freshly squeezed juice from 4 limes (just over 1/2 cup lime juice)

1 medium bunch of cilantro, leaves and upper stems, roughly chopped

2 jalapeño chiles, seeded

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

To Prepare

To make the Cuban picadillo: Heat olive oil in in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, pimento chiles and green pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion has softened. Add the garlic and ground beef to the pan, stirring to break up the meat and combine it with the onion and peppers, and cook until the meat has browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cumin and oregano to the pan, stir to combine and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes to thicken. Stir in the olives and simmer 5 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To make the papas rellenas: Place the quartered potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft, then drain. Mash the potatoes with the salt and warm milk, and let cool enough to handle.

Grab a handful of the mashed potato mixture and form into a little “bowl” in your hand. Fill the “bowl” with some of the Cuban picadillo and cover with more of the mashed potato mixture - forming a ball about the size of a small baseball. Repeat until all the mashed potato mixture is used up.

Combine the bread crumbs and flour on a plate. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water.

Dip a ball into the beaten egg and roll to coat, then roll in the flour and bread crumb mixture until lightly covered. Dip the same ball, again, into the egg and roll a second time in the flour and bread crumb mixture to coat thoroughly. Repeat with each ball.

Refrigerate the balls for about 3 hours.

Add enough vegetable oil to a heavy skillet to come about halfway up the potato balls and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully place as many balls into the oil as possible without crowding the pan, working in batches if need be. Fry the balls for about 2 minutes or until the submerged half is golden brown, turn the balls and cook another 2 minutes until golden brown. Remove the balls from the pan and set them on a paper-towel-covered plate or wire rack. Serve hot with avocado sauce on the side.

To make the avocado sauce: Place the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeño chiles, garlic cloves, olive oil and cumin and puree until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.

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Beef Barbacoa Sliders

Beef Barbacoa Sliders
Bocados de Barbacoa

Serves: makes 24 sliders

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Ingredients

For the marinade:

10 guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded

10 ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded

5 cups water

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 medium Roma tomato, quartered

1/2 medium white onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

3 medium garlic cloves

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 whole cloves, stems removed

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt

3 tablespoons safflower or vegetable oil


For the meat:

4 pounds beef round roast or brisket, cut into 4-inch chunks

1 pound banana leaves, or aluminum foil

12 ounces (1 bottle) light beer


To assemble:

24 small slider buns (brioche or challah buns are specially good with this!)

Drunken pasilla, prune and orange salsa (optional)

Pickled jalapeños (optional)

To Prepare

For the marinade: Heat a large skillet or comal over medium heat. Add the dried guajillo and ancho chiles and toast them for no more than 20 seconds per side, taking care not to burn them. Transfer the toasted chiles to a medium saucepan and add the water, place over medium heat and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the chiles have softened and rehydrated.

Transfer the chiles to a blender, and add 2 cups of their cooking liquid (discard the remaining liquid), the vinegar, tomato, onion, garlic, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, cloves and salt. Puree until smooth.

Wipe out the medium saucepan and add the oil. Place over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the pureed chile mixture, being careful to avoid any splatters. Partially cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the color darkens and the mixture thickens to a paste-like consistency.

For the meat: Place the beef in a large bowl and cover it with the marinade. If you will not cook it that day, cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Wrap the individual meat chunks in pieces of banana leaf or aluminum foil as you would wrap burritos or tamales - making sure to add a generous amount of marinade in each packet.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the meat packets inside a large, heavy ovenproof French oven or casserole, pour in the beer and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Roast for about 3 hours, until the meat is succulent and comes apart when pulled with a fork. Transfer to the stovetop (off of the heat), and let everything rest for 10 to 15 minutes before opening the meat packets.

Serve on slider buns with drunken salsa and/or pickled jalapeños.

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Crab, Cucumber & Jicama Salad

Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad
Ensalada de Cangrejo, Pepino y Jícama

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Zest of 2 limes

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 small jícama, peeled and julienned

1 large English cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts, or more to taste

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 pint jumbo lump crab meat, picked through thoroughly for cartilage and shells

Romain lettuce, to accompany (optional)

Tostadas, homemade or store-bought, or crackers, to accompany (optional)

To Prepare

In a large bowl, combine the lime juice and zest, cayenne pepper, rice wine vinegar and honey. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the jícama, cucumber, scallions, peanuts and cilantro and toss well to combine. Then, add the crab and gently toss, taking care not to break up the crab meat. Serve over lettuce or in individual cups accompanied by tostadas or crackers.

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Michelada

Dressed Up Mexican Beer
Michelada

Serves: 1

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Ingredients

For a basic michelada:

1 beer mug, chilled

Kosher or coarse sea salt, for coating the rim of the glass

1 lime wedge

Ice cubes (optional)

2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 beer, preferably Mexican, chilled


Additional ingredients for a michelada especial:

Dash of hot sauce like Tabasco, Cholula or Valentina (optional)

Dash of a salty sauce like soy sauce, Worcestershire or Maggi Sauce (optional)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt (optional)

To Prepare

Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of a chilled beer mug with the lime wedge and dip the rim gently into the salt to coat. Place the ice cubes, if using, into the mug. If making a basic michelada, add the lime juice on top of the ice, then pour in the beer.

If making a michelada especial, salt the rim of a chilled beer mug as directed above, then place the optional ingredients, to taste, into the mug. Stir the mixture lightly then pour in the beer.

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