Pumpkin Taquitos with Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed about 1 ½ inches
1 small red shallot, chopped
1 dried chipotle chili (preferably mecca variety), crumbled
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grated
Avocado oil
16 soft corn tortillas, small
Maldon salt
Fresh local ricotta cheese
Dried Cherry Mole Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Toss together the pumpkin, shallots, chilies, and spice in a large bowl. Toss in a few tablespoons avocado oil until lightly coated. Place on a greased baking dish and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft and the shallots are beginning to char. Place the pumpkin mixture in a shallow bowl and mash coarsely.

Steam the tortillas or dip in hot water before rolling the Taquitos. Place a few spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture in each tortilla and roll tightly without cracking tortilla. Place seam side down on the baking sheet (no need to clean the baking sheet first!) Repeat until all the tortillas are used. Place in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and sprinkle with a little maldon salt.

To serve, place two taquitos on a little plate with a dollop of local fresh ricotta, drizzle the Dried Cherry Mole Sauce over the top.

Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

Makes 2 cups

2-3 dried ancho chilies
2 dried guajillo chilies
2-3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion
½ cup raw almonds
3 whole cloves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons duck fat or pumpkin seed oil
1 cup duck stock
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 425ËšF.

In a large bowl combine, chilies, garlic, onion, almonds, cloves, peppercorns, coriander, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds, salt and dried cherries and toss with duck fat. Place in oven and allow the ingredients to char a bit about 5 minutes, watch it carefully. Place all charred items in a medium saucepan and add the stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes or until all items are soft. Take off heat and add chocolate pieces. Place in blender and blend until smooth.

Smoky & Fiery Chipotle Sauce

April 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

1 can chipotle in adobo sauce
3 dried ancho chilies, crushed and stems removed
2 dried meco dried chipotle peppers (light colored), crushed and stems removed
3 dried black morita dried chipotle peppers (dark colored), crushed and stems removed
1 tablespoon ground cumin powder
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rich pork stock or water, hot temperature
½ cup strong coffee

Directions

Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until dried chilies are soft and pliable. Allow to cool and blend in a blender until totally smooth, adding more hot water or stick to make into a thinner consistency.

Smoky & Fiery Chipotle Sauce

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

1 can chipotle in adobo sauce
3 dried ancho chilies, crushed and stems removed
2 dried meco dried chipotle peppers (light colored), crushed and stems removed
3 dried black morita dried chipotle peppers (dark colored), crushed and stems removed
1 tablespoon ground cumin powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rich pork stock or water, hot temperature
½ cup strong coffee

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until dried chilies are soft and pliable. Allow to cool and blend in a blender until totally smooth, adding more hot water or stick to make into a thinner consistency.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat you grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapenos, and cilantro and toss together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, zest, avocado oil, peach preserves and chipotles until a smooth sauce is formed. Season with a pinch or two of salt and pour over peach mixture and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 10-5 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)

Ger-Nis Tabasco

INGREDIENTS

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan, combine red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a bottle for dispensing.

Ger-Nis Tabasco

April 21st, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, combine, red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water.

Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a blender and add lime juice, lime zest and smoked salt. Blend. Add more salt as needed.

Chipotle Herb Glaze

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups thick glaze

This spicy south-of-the-border glaze or BBQ sauce will turn your Thanksgiving into a spicy zest affair. The sauce can also be used to fl avor mashed potatoes and is excellent outside of Thanksgiving on beef, chicken, fi sh and vegetables!

INGREDIENTS

1 can (12-ounce) of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2
1 or 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a mopping sauce for your bird!

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Turkey Sausages

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 sausages

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds turkey breasts, boneless and skinless and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ can chipoltle in adobe sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
**casings of your choice

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions.  If you are making or using the meat without the casing go right to that step.  If you are making links put the mixture back in the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for a little while.  In the mean time soak the casings in warm water and rinse a few times.  Get out your sausage stuffer and slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube, this is the part that you will need to tie the sausages off.  Remove the meat form the freezer and stuff it into the stuffer, if all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding) leave what will not fit in a bowl in the refrigerator.  Turn the stuffer on and begin the process, air will be the first thing to emerge.  As the meat begins to slide out use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output.  Let the sausage emerge into one long coil, the links will be tied later in the process.  When the sausage is done, turn off the machine and tie up the ends, you can use meat or butchers twine.  To make the links, pinch a section together, then spin the links and turn them opposite form each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link.  Make sure both ends are tied off.  Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles, using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be resolved.  Hang the links for about an hour and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight, use them or freeze them in about a week.

Cilantro Chipotle Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 pound medium conchiglie macaroni (conch shaped)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeño chili, deseeded and chopped fine

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño and stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and fresh herbs and mix well. Serve slices of chipotle flank steak over the macaroni.

Chipotle Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 13 oz.  cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup white onion, chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Juice of 6 limes and zest of 3
1 tablespoon cumin
2 jalapeños, chopped and seeds removed
Salt/pepper
2 pounds flank steak

PREPARATION

Blend chipotle peppers, onion, herbs, lime juice, jalapeño, cumin, and salt and pepper together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Marinate the steak in the sauce for approximately 1 hour. Grill steak on high heat using the remainder of the sauce for a mopping sauce while grilling.

Chipotle Herb Marinated Flank Steak

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 13 oz. cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup white onion, chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Juice of 6 limes and zest of 3
1 tablespoon cumin
2 jalapenos chopped, seeds removed
Salt/pepper
2 pounds flank steak

PREPARATION

Blend chipotle peppers, onion, herbs, lime juice, jalapeño, cumin, salt and pepper together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Marinate the steak in the sauce for approximately 1 hour. Grill steak on high heat using the remainder of the sauce for a mopping sauce while grilling.

Chili Chipotle Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
3 tablespoons of chipotles in adobo sauce
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped fine and de-seeded
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. A handheld mixer will also work. Use on chicken, fish and steaks whenever you want. It is also an excellent and versatile mayo. Grilled chipotle chicken salad sandwiches with this mayo are perfect for a summertime weekend!

Chipotle Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 6 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 small jalapeño, chopped and seeds removed
½ cup white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 2 limes

PREPARATION

Blend together all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth but with a slightly uneven and consistently coarse texture. This is excellent on grilled chicken sandwiches or Mexican-style burgers and is even pretty good on fajitas!

Chipotle Herb Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a sure fire south of the border specialty because it is spicy and zesty and fresh as can be. It’s also super easy, yet super decadent. You will never eat plain old fajitas again. The sauce is excellent on all meats and vegetables but our clear favorite is Chipotle Herb Grilled Flank Steak Fajitas (see seasonal entertaining section for complete recipe).

Makes 2 cups of sauce and takes 10 minutes to prepare

INGREDIENTS

1 12oz. can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2
1 or 2 jalapenos, chopped and seeds removed
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a marinade and then as a mopping and finishing sauce!

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