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Cinco de Mayo

KellBell May 1, 2007 04:31 AM

Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner I am looking for some great Mexican recipes. Maybe also some recipes for your favorite salsa or guacamole. Thanks for sharing...

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    swsidejim May 2, 2007 09:15 AM

    This Saturday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo we will be grilling, and drinking tequila on the deck, hopefully on a sunny Saturday afternoon

    Menu:

    Arrachera (grilled, marinated skirt steak) tacos on corn tortillas.
    Home-made guacamole
    Blue corn tortilla chips
    Home-made salsa

    Pretty basic menu, I dont want to be cooking all day after mowing the lawn for 3+ hours.

    For drinks:

    A bottle of tequila (Patron, or Cazadores), and some cold beer (Probably Budwesier, my go to beer, not in tune with the theme, but I think thats ok), should be a great afternoon, early evening.

    1. enbell May 1, 2007 03:20 PM

      Serves 8 on paper, but more like 4-6 for me and my friends.

      1 cup raw cane sugar
      10 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
      1 cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
      1 small yellow seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
      1 seedless red watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
      1 honeydew melon, cut into 1-inch cubes
      juice and zest of 3 limes

      Bring sugar, 1 cup water and mint to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and steep 30 minutes. Seed melons, and cut into chunks. Strain syrup through fine mesh sieve into small bowl. Place fruit in large bowl. Add lime juice, lime zest and just enough syrup to lightly coat. Gently toss together. Garnish with remaining mint. Chill, or serve immediately.

      You can also use the remaining syrup for REAL mojitos!!!

      I add berries, kiwis and chunks of mango, papaya, pineapple and banana (squirt with lemon juice so not to turn brown) for more variety, color and texture. Frozen fruit also works in a pinch!

      1. hitachino May 1, 2007 01:17 PM

        isn't the kentucky derby on the same day?

        you could do a cinco de derby *grin*

        bourbon margaritas or tequila mint juleps anyone?

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        1. re: hitachino
          Rubee May 1, 2007 01:47 PM

          "cinco de derby"

          Ha - we were wondering what to call it. The bourbon chocolate cake is the Derby nod. ; )

        2. Rubee May 1, 2007 10:15 AM

          Here's a recent thread for some great ideas with lots of recipes:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390409

          Our menu, with contributions from various 'Hounds, is shaping up to be:

          Picadillo empanadas (Epi recipe) with cilantro crema
          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/696

          Guacamole (I use a molcajete - I think it makes all the difference).
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348644#2075046

          Chips, and 3 salsas - salsa borracha with guajillos; roasted jalapeno and tomato; and eat_nopal's Roasted Tomatillo, Garlic, Ancho & Arbol Salsa
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/390409#2515248

          Topolo Caesar salad with green chile, lime, and queso anejo - from Rick Bayless' "Mexican Kitchen
          http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/salad/topolocaesar.html

          Tequila-cured gravlax
          Steak, avocado, and salsa verde tostaditos
          Tamales
          Chile colorado
          Slow-roasted Yucatan pork
          Fresh flour and corn tortillas
          Chili Rellenos
          Frijoles Maneados - Refried beans with queso Chihuahua and chorizo

          Chocolate Bourbon Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream http://www.chowhound.com/topics/356047

          1. toodie jane May 1, 2007 09:23 AM

            CH-er dommy! has always contributed great Mexican recipes. here is a link to a short thread about carnitas. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/28329...

            maybe a mole-simmered chicken or pork chili verde for a main course? search those topics here on home cooking for some examples.

            For a simple fresh tomato salsa cruda, I use vine-ripened or hot house tomatoes, along with a fresh jalepeno and onion, salt, garlic and cilantro. I like lauren's use of the roasted veggies. Sounds very good.

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              laurendlewis May 1, 2007 08:43 AM

              My typical quick salsa:
              Chopped jalapeno
              Chopped tomato
              Corn
              Black beans
              s, lime juice

              Fun variation: I slow-roasted the tomatoes & fresh corn then chopped up the tomatoes and basically did the same thing (minus the beans). My mistake was that I added too much salt before roasting, but otherwise it was FABULOUS and so so so tasty.

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