Recipes 2017-03-29T16:35:48+00:00

Recipes

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Drinking Mexican Hot Chocolate is not just an indulgent custom in Mexico, but a way of life.  Many natives drink it with water, but the creaminess created by adding milk makes it a favorite for all, young and old alike.  The health benefits of Cacao are numerous and the flavors of the pure ground and roasted cocoa beans are enhanced by fresh cinnamon and coarse sugar.

Serves 4

Brussel Sprout Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

This salad is colorful, flavorful and healthy.  The dressing has a sweet and slightly spicy kick from our Pepper Jelly.  Use your choice of Red, Green or Yellow Jelly from the Seasons Of My Heart line of products.

Serves 8

Red Mole (Mole Rojo)

Going through the markets in Oaxaca, you will pass piles of seasoning pastes in various earthy colors and flavors. Instead of having to spend all day in your kitchen, you can reconstitute mole paste and make this ceremonial dish in less than an hour. Although some stalls sell many kinds of pastes, the most popular are mole rojo (red mole), mole coloradito and the king of them all mole negro (black mole).

The Red Mole (Mole Rojo) is a very chile forward flavored sauce and works well paired with grilled pork, roasted vegetables and red meats.  This recipe can be as simple as adding roasted tomatoes and stock to the mole paste or for more complex layers of flavor and a greater yield, add one or more of the optional ingredients listed in the recipe: roasted onions and roasted garlic.

Makes 6 cups Red Mole Sauce for 10-12 servings

Mole Coloradito/Mole Negro (Black Mole)

Going through the markets in Oaxaca, you will pass piles of seasoning pastes in various earthy colors and flavors. Instead of having to spend all day in your kitchen, you can reconstitute mole paste and make this ceremonial dish in less than an hour. Serve a bowl of sauce with a generous portion of chicken, turkey, pork, and/or vegetables such as squash, carrots and potatoes. Although some stalls sell many kinds of pastes, the most popular are mole rojo (red mole), mole coloradito and the king of them all mole negro (black mole).

This recipe can be as simple as adding roasted tomatoes and stock to the mole paste or for more complex layers of flavor and a greater yield, add one or more of the optional ingredients listed in the recipe: fried plantains, toasted bread, roasted onions and roasted garlic.

Makes 6 cups mole coloradito/mole negro sauce for 10-12 servings

Roasted Chicken with Chintestle (Smoked Mole Paste), Orange and Honey

One of my favorite ways to use the chintestle is to grind fresh garlic up in the molcajete and add honey, orange juice, olive oil and salt. Mix it into a runny paste and smear it over a chicken and bake it. Try gilding the lily by surrounding it with big chunks of vegetables such as onion, carrot, celery, chayote, cabbage, potatoes and young or mature local squash. This makes a great one dish meal with fresh corn tortillas. Leftovers can be converted into a soup.

Serves 6 or more as mini tacos.

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Smokey, spicy, sophisticated and simple.....Serve as the quintessential Oaxacan table sauce with just about anything!   Substitute all or a portion of the roasted tomatillos with roasted tomatoes for a slightly different take on this delicious salsa.

Yields: approx. 1 1/2 cups

Mexican Chocolate Brownie

If you love chocolate and crave the flavors of Mexico this is the ultimate treat!  This brownie is rich and decadent and has a great texture with the addition of the toasted pecans.  If you like your desserts picante, try adding the chipotle powder.  Beware to not over bake it and I find that if you refrigerate the baked brownie for a few hours, it firms up nicely and allows you to cut  it more cleanly.  Eat it right out of the pan or finish it off with a simple dusting of a cinnamon powdered sugar, a rich ganache for a more elegant presentation or a combination of dulce de leche and our Oaxacan sea salt for an amazing salted caramel brownie.

Yields: 30 mini brownies (1 1/2 x 2 1/2")