Thursday, October 9, 2014

2nd Cancun trip recipes

Tortilla soup

Put a couple of Tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pot on medium high.
Add 1 sliced white onion and saute.
Add a couple of cloves of smashed garlic.
Add 4 Roma tomatoes cut into quarters.
Add 6 epazote leaves.
Add 2 dried guajillo peppers that have been deseeded.
Add a good handful of tortilla chips.
Add chicken broth to cover.
Simmer until completely soft.
Blend in a blender.
Put through a fine mesh strainer.
Add more broth for consistency of soup.
Add salt to taste.

Dried guajillo peppers sliced thin and fried
Tortilla strips
Avocado sliced
Diced Panela cheese

Lentil soup

Heat 2 T vegetable oil in a pot on medium high heat.
Sauté one sliced white onion.
Add 2 sliced of bacon and 1 big slice of prosciutto. Cook until browned.
Add 1 Roma tomatoes sliced into quarters.
Add 2 c brown lentils.
Add chicken broth to cover and simmer until lentils are cooked. Add more broth or water if needed.
Blend when everything is cooked.
Strain in fine mesh strainer.
Add broth for texture.

Diced cooked bacon
Sliced and fried plantain and sweet potato (optional)

Ranchero sauce

In a pot put sliced tomato, diced white onion and a few springs of cilantro. Simmer until very very soft (about an hour) Add salt. Blend. Add water for texture.

Arrachera Mexicana

Flank steak cut lengthwise almost all the way through so it makes the steak long enough to roll marinated in chimichuri sauce and seared on both sides.
Chimichuri: white & red onion, parsley, lime juice, oregano, salt, pepper, white vinegar (updated: 1/2 medium red onion chopped, 1/2 medium white onion chopped, 1.5 oz fresh parsley (about 2 good handfuls), 1 T dried Mexican oregano, 1 t salt, 1 t pepper, 1/4 c white vinegar, 1/4 c lime juice, 1/2 c olive oil. All ingredients blended together.)

Poblano corn side dish
Heat oil in a skillet. Add sliced white onion.
Add crushed garlic.
Add poblano peppers roasted and sliced.
Add corn.
Add cream cheese and cream.

Mashed potato side dish
Mash potatoes
Add cream cheese, cream and Parmesan.

Shrimp dish at Latin
Shrimp is marinated in above chimichuri sauce with guajillo peppers added to the blend.

Clarified butter to dip it in:
Clarified butter, add rosemary, thyme, salt and garlic

Nopalitos salad:
Sliced nopalitos, lime, tomato, red onion & salt

Tuna tartar from Roma
Diced fresh tuna
Diced red onion
Capers chopped
Lime vinegarette: lime, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, white vinegar, olive oil

Tuna tartar from Blue
Diced fresh tuna
Red onion
Vinegarette blended: capers, olive oil, regular mustard, salt, pepper, lime juice

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