Roasted Cauliflower & Spinach Whole Wheat Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 cups cauliflower florets (bite size)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
2 cups baby spinach
Whole wheat tortillas
Sharp cheddar cheese (I use a local raw jalapeno)
Lime Wedges or tomatillo sauce ( I used my frozen tomatillos from the summer, which I freeze whole in zip lock bags)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Whisk together the oil, spices, salt, lime juice and zest and mix together with cauliflower florets. Place on a baking sheet and bake until tender and slightly browned about 35 minutes. In a sauté pan heat a little olive oil and sauté red onions for a few minutes, add the roasted cauliflower and baby spinach and sauté until the spinach is wilted but not overly cooked. Heat the tortillas up on a gas stove (preferably) or in the oven. Place a few spoonfuls of the cauliflower mixture in each tortilla and top with grated cheese. Squeeze a little lime juice on it along with tomatillo sauce and serve!

Ger-Nis Sriracha

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

4-5 red chilies, seeds intact and chopped
3 thai green chilies, seeds intact and chopped
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 teaspoons tamari
1⁄3 cup rice vinegar, yuzu-flavored preferred
¼ cup water (more as needed)
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons lime zest
Juice of ½ lime

Directions

In a medium sauce pan add chilies, bell pepper, garlic, tamari, vinegar, water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let boil gently on low for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool, add lime zest and lime juice and blend together in a blender until smooth and all is incorporated. Strain and place in a squeeze bottle and refrigerate. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 5 Cups

Ingredients

1 ½ cups molasses
2 cups white wine vinegar
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ tablespoon garlic paste (smashed garlic)
½ tablespoon ginger paste (smashed ginger)
2 tablespoons franks hot sauce
½ cup bourbon

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the bourbon, in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until a thick and properly desired consistency. In another small pan reduce the bourbon by half and add to the sauce at the end of cooking, stir allow to cool before using.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Panamanian Sancocho

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup zucchini or pumpkin, chopped, medium
1 large plantains, sliced in 1 inch sliced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock, or water
1 -2 ears of fresh corn on the cob, sliced in 2-inch sections
Cotija cheese

Directions

Season all the chicken parts with salt and pepper. In a large soup pan heat oil to a high heat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Sauté garlic, onions and jalapeno until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the yucca, red pepper and carrot and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, the fresh herbs and the cumin and mix well. Add the squash, the plaintains, the lime juice and zest, the hot sauce and the chicken stock or water and add chicken. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the corn pieces and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve garnishes with cotija cheese. Serve over Arroz con Coco.

Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato chopped fine)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

Directions

Mix the salt with the yucca and set aside. In a large sauté pan heat a small amount of vegetable oil (about 3-4 tablespoons) on high heat. Add the garlic onions , jalapeño pepper and green pepper and sauté for a few minutes, or until onions are semi translucent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until ground beef is fully browned or about 3-4 more minutes. Add fresh herbs. Add the tomatoes or tomato paste and all the spices and hot sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until all liquid is cooked out of the beef mixture. Cool beef mixture. Form yucca mash into about 3 inch long circular shapes in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of the beef minute in the middle and form the yucca mash around the beef mixture in the shape of an oval. Make sure there is a tight seal and all beef is in the inside of the yucca mash. Set aside. After all yucca mash patties are made, heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan until hot, Place yucca patties in the hot frying pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes each or until golden brown. When browned place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Serve with Panamanian Salsa Chombo.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For the filling

1 pound pork butt cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh corn, chopped fine
½ cup long grain rice, cooked al dente
3 potatoes, 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
Salt
Pepper
Banana leaf squares

Directions

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest, and 2 cups of the reserved pork liquid. Mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until fully incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the filling & assembly

In a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the rice is well combined. In the center of each banana, place about 4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of the banana leaf. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat and vegetable mixture. Fold over the banana leaf like you are folding a present. Tie the wrapped package with banana leaf ties or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips from making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

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.

Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

INGREDIENTS

For the red chili pork

2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 red chile, torn into pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 cups pork stock, reserved from poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Corn husk wrappers
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

For the red chili pork

Place water, tomatoes, chile, onions, garlic, spices, pork butt, salt and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until pork is falling apart and soft. Take off heat and cool. Discard the bay leaf. Shred the pork by pulling apart the fibers using a fork or your fingers. Place shredded meat into a medium sized bowl and add fresh herbs and combine. Set aside.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine masa harina and lime zest with 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid from pork and mix well. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a kitchen aid mixer or with an electric hand held mixer, mix the lard until fluffy, about five minutes. Add the lard to the masa harina mixture, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling, water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. In the corn husk, place about ½ cup of the masa mixture topped with shredded pork and herb mixture. Fold over the corn husk like you are folding a present and tie the package with a corn husk tie or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips and tamales from getting soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 30-45 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with hot sauce.

Tostadas de Guacamole (Avocado Tostadas)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 tostadas

INGREDIENTS

8 corn tortillas
2 avocados, ripe
Juice of 1 lime (1 teaspoon reserved)
13 cup fresh cilantro leaves (2 tablespoons reserved)
Salt
3 spring onions or 1 small white onion
Hot sauce
Oil (canola)
Dry queso or cotija cheese, crumbled
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Lay the corn tortillas out flat on the counter to dry out, about 10 minutes. In a small mixing bowl smash up avocado until very smooth. Mix in the lime juice and the cilantro leaves and season to taste with salt. Thickly slice the white onion and place in a bowl and drizzle and reserved 1 teaspoon lime juice and season with a little salt. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over high heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, fry tortillas, one at a time on each side a minute or two until crispy, remove and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Spread a layer of the avocado mixture over the tostada, followed by a few sliced onions and garnish with the reserved cilantro leaves, queso or cotija cheese and hot sauce.

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.

Nicaraguan Chilero Rojo

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 dried red chilies
2-3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion
2 medium vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup chicken stock or water
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a low boil, except salt and cilantro. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and blend until smooth, season with salt and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Haitian Sauce Ti-Malica

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 ½ cup

Ingredients

Canola or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
2 scotch bonnet peppers (habaneros) destemmed and deseeded and chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped fine
½ red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup white vinegar (or pickled vegetable vinegar)
Juice of one lime

Directions

In medium sized skillet over medium high heat add oil. Cook onions, garlic, shallots and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add peppers and cook until peppers are tender. Add tomato paste to the pan and mix well. Cook a few minutes and then add the water, salt, black pepper and vinegar. Turn to a simmer and cook about 10-15 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Season to taste with more salt.

Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce

April 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, stems and seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice berries, freshly ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
½ teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ cup orange juice
¼ tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until soft. Allow to cool, place in blender and puree until smooth.

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