Quince de Mayo! OLE!
I conducted my first cooking class at the home of a dear friend. She asked that I put together a class for her networking group. Since the class was scheduled for the 15th of May, I called it Quince de Mayo! and came up with a Mexican menu. Here’s what we made:
- Corn Tortilla Chips, Grilled with a Touch of Sea Salt for a No Fat, Crisp and Tasty Dipping Chip. We laid fresh, uncooked corn tortilla chips on a hot grill and sprinkled them with coarse sea salt. The heat of the grill causes the sea salt to stick to the tortilla. Using tongs, we peeked at the undersides and when they had nice grill marks, we flipped them. After just a few minutes, they were nicely charred and we tossed them into a bowl. We kept grilling them until we had a nice big pile. We cracked them by hand into approximate quarters.
- Skinny Guacamole is Lightened Up by adding Roasted Tomatillos to Fresh Avocado – So Fresh and Yummy! Tomatillos look like green tomatoes. They come with a lose papery skin that feels like tissue paper. They are very acidic and have a flavor similar to a lime, but a little more intense. I discovered that if they are added to guacamole, the guacamole never turns that horrible grayish brown color. Yeah! Also, they are fat free and very low in calorie, so they thin down the calories in quacamole. Yeah again! Two problems solved! Everyone loved this new twist on an old favorite! It was so good, we had to make a second batch.
- Roasted Tomato Salsa, Earthy and Surprisingly Light. We grilled whole tomatoes for about 10 minutes, until they had nice char marks and the skin was beginning to peel off. At the same time, we had pablano peppers on the grill. The grill was set to high. We grilled the pablano peppers until they were completely black on all sides. Then, using tongs, we popped them into a zip bag and sealed it up so the pepper would steam. After about 10 minutes in the bag, the blackened skin on the peppers slips right off. We slipped them out of their skins over the sink because it can get a little messy. Then, we cut the tops off the peppers and removed the seeds under running water. The tomatoes and the peppers went into the food processor along with a few grilled tomatillos we had left over from the guacamole.
- Chicken Seasoned with Mrs. Bentley’s Secret Mole Spice Blend and Baked for an Aromatic Savory Treat! I taught the participants how easy it is to make this delicious chicken, and it can me made for a crowd just as easily. We had 30 chicken thighs in the oven while we made the other items on the menus. Normally, a tray of chicken for a family dinner would cook in about an hour. For 30 thighs on 4 trays, it took an hour and a half to cook.
- I modified my basic Green Rice recipe by adding onions, peppers, garlic and cumin to give this dish a Mexican flair.
- My friend had asked that I make everything “healthy”, so instead of making a Mexican flan, I made Panna Cotta, the Italian gelatin based dessert. This is another basic recipe that can be changed up in so many ways. It is essentially, milk or cream and gelatin. You can add any flavoring you like. You can sweeten it with sugar or Splenda. I’ve made chocolate, key lime, raspberry and vanilla before. Look at the basic recipe and then use your imagination.
- Everyone really enjoyed the Skinny Margaritas we made! We made them with fresh lime juice, orange juice, tequila and the secret ingredient – Diet Mountain Dew! I’m not kidding, we used Diet Mountain Dew and they were incredible.