Originally I was planning to present this as a ‘south of the border’ post, as that automatically conjures the beauty and flavor of Mexico to mind for those of us in the United States.
But then I realized for so many of you that live in other amazing parts of our planet… I have absolutely no idea what ‘south of the border’ might mean to you! So I’ll play it safe… bring your own tequila and let’s head to Mexico.
Chicken mole with two different but authentic interpretations- one lighter and spice forward, the other deeper with bitter chocolate and pepper tones.
Spicy chicken tortilla soup… with house made corn tortillas and bright avocado lime garnish.
And no Wednesday is complete without a quick knife skills practical exam: concasse of tomato and small dice. Timers set… go! Concasse is a quick blanch and shock to enable easy skinning of the tomato, then the seeds and juice are removed and saved; the flesh is small diced into 1/4 in cubes. Whew… back to peppers…
Chiles rellenos with seasoned pork and queso stuffing and a perfect soft, spongy batter ready to absorb any sauce daring to come close. Brilliant execution of these guys today.
Fresh made- and surprisingly easy- flour tortillas deep fried and tossed in cinnamon sugar… squeeze bottle of local honey… and a respectable sopapilla was born.
Cheers to caliente cuisine. Margarita anyone?