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Wild Crunchy Granola

Wild Crunchy Granola
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4 from 5 votes

Wild Crunchy Granola

A crunchy granola loaded with nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, amaranth, and quinoa. You can sweeten it up with dried cherries, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes as you please. 
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola
Servings: 6 to 7 cups
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans very coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews very coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shelled, unsalted peanuts very coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup hulled, raw pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup amaranth
  • 1/3 cup white quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries optional to taste
  • Bittersweet chocolate chips optional to taste
  • Sweetened coconut flakes optional to taste

Instructions

  • Set the baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, add the rolled oats, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, amaranth seeds, and quinoa along with the salt. Toss to combine. 
  • In a small saucepan, combine the honey with the oil. Set over low heat and stir for a minute or so, until completely dissolved. 
  • Pour the honey and oil mixture over the nuts and seeds mixture and toss to coat. Spread over the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 55 minutes, stirring once in between.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool. Scrape onto a bowl and add the dried sour cherries, chocolate chips and coconut flakes to taste. Store in a closed container with a tight lid.
  • Use the granola as a snack to munch on its own, on top of yogurt, ice cream, over fruit, or mixed with queso fresco or on top of fresh ricotta cheese.

Notes

Granola crujiente

Asparagus Mushroom & Goat Cheese Enchiladas with Pine Nut Mole Sauce

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4.41 from 5 votes

Asparagus Mushroom & Goat Cheese Enchiladas with Pine Nut Mole Sauce

The tortillas are dipped into the luscious mole and wrapped around the filling of seared mushrooms and crisp-tender asparagus seasoned with orange zest and thyme, and goat cheese, which melts when the enchiladas are topped with the hot mole sauce. When you have vegetarians coming over for dinner, this dish is a must.
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Antojos, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: enchiladas, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

For the Pine Nut Mole:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 2 ancho chiles stemmed, seeded, and coarsely chopped or broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth homemade or store-bought
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon packed brown sugar or to taste

For the Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound white button or baby bella (cremini) mushrooms cleaned and diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound asparagus tough ends removed, peeled from just below the tips tothe bottom, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To assemble:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 6 ounces goat cheese cut into chunks (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted, for garnish

Instructions

To make the mole:

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large casserole or heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until completely softened.Stir in the pine nuts and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the garlic becomes fragrant and changes color and the pine nuts are light brown and smell toasty. Raise the heat to medium- high, add another tablespoon of olive oil and the tomatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and break down, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the ancho chiles, orange juice, broth, salt, and brown sugar and bring to a simmer.Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chiles have rehydrated and plumped up and the sauce has thickened, about 8 minutes more.
  • Transfer the contents of the pot to a blender and let cool for a few minutes, then puree, in batches if necessary, until completely smooth.
  • Rinse out and dry the pot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and heat over medium heat. Add the pine nut mole, cover partially, and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has darkened and thickened a bit more. Cover and set aside.

To make the filling:

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet or casserole over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and let them sear and brown, without stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Push the mushrooms to the sides of the pan and add the butter to the middle. When the butter begins to foam, add the asparagus, thyme, orange zest, salt, and pepper to taste, stir together with the mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus is crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

To assemble:

  • Heat and lightly toast the tortillas on a hot comal or skillet.
  • Dip a tortilla in the mole, place it on a plate, and top with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mushroom and asparagus mixture and a tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese. Roll up into a chubby enchilada and place seam side down on a serving platter. Continue with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  • Reheat the sauce if necessary. Spoon a generous amount of sauce on top of the enchiladas (use it all if you wish), garnish with the chives and toasted pine nuts, and serve.

Notes

Enchiladas de Espárragos, Cahmiñones y Queso de Cabra con Mole de Piñón

Pickled Poblanos

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Pickled Poblanos

Pickled Poblanos recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 6, Episode 13 "More Than Just a Meal"
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pati's mexican table, pickled, Poblano
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 8 poblano chiles charred, sweated, peeled & seeded (but left as whole as you can)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup white onion thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  • Place the prepared poblano chiles in a heatproof container deep enough to hold liquid.
  • In a large 12-inch, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and let them cook, as you stir occasionally, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until completely cooked, softened and the edges are barely beginning to brown. Add the garlic, stir and cook for a minute, until it has softened and become fragrant. Add the the oregano, thyme, bay leaves, whole cloves and peppercorns, stir and let them cook for a minute.
  • Pour in the vinegars, salt and sugar and stir. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking for about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Pour the pickling marinade on top of the chiles and let cool. Once it cools, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate. If using same day, let them marinate for at least an hour. The pickled chiles will keep in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.

Notes

Chiles Poblanos en Escabeche 

Quick Charred Green Beans

Quick Charred Green Beans
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Quick Charred Green Beans

Quick Charred Green Beans recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 12 “Alan Goes to College”
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chile piquín, green beans, lemon, pati's mexican table
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces green beans ends trimmed
  • 2 lemons one thinly sliced, one halved
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes or ground chile piquín

Instructions

  • Preheat the broiler. Place oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the heat source.
  • Spread the green beans evenly on a baking sheet. Add lemon slices, drizzle with olive oil and salt, and toss well.
  • Broil green beans for 6 to 7 minutes, tossing and flipping once in between. Transfer to a plate, season with the red pepper flakes or chile piquín, and let each guest squeeze on as much of the remaining lemon as they would like.

Notes

Ejotes asados con limón

Spiced Up Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Up Pumpkin Seeds
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Spiced Up Pumpkin Seeds

One of my favorite ways to eat Pepitas is hulled, toasted or lightly fried and tossed with ground dried chile piquín, salt and sugar. It takes five minutes to make this tasty crunchy nibble.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chile piquín, pepitas, pumpkin seeds, snack, spiced
Servings: 1 1/2 cups of pepitas
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn, safflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile piquín or ground Mexican chile, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Once it is hot but not smoking add the pumpkin seeds. Saute, stirring often, for about 4 to 5 minutes, they will have begun making popping sounds and some of them will begin gaining a nice tanned brown color.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving the remains of the oil behind in the pan. Sprinkle with the ground chile, salt and sugar and toss to coat. As they cool down, they will dry up and become crunchier. Eat or store covered with a lid. They will keep for about a week, if you don't finish them before then.

Notes

Pepitas

Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas

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4.67 from 6 votes

Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas

Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 8 “Mexican Brunch”
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Brunch, Chihuahua cheese, flour tortillas, jalapeno, Mexican Manchego, Monterrey Jack cheese, onion, pati's mexican table, refried beans, serrano chiles
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile seeded and chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups Mexican Manchego Chihuahua, Monterey jack or light chedder, shredded
  • 12 Flour tortillas medium size
  • salsa of your choice

Instructions

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into a medium sized skillet set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and let it cook 4 to 5 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add the chile, give it a couple stirs and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 15 to 30 seconds more. Incorporate refried beans along with 1/4 cup water and mix well. Let it cook and season for a couple minutes as you mash it all together. Turn off the heat.
  • In a comal or skillet set over medium-low heat, heat flour tortillas one at a time, about 15 seconds on each side, to soften so they won’t break when folded. Add about 2 heaping tablespoons each of refried beans and cheese near the edge of the tortilla, one at a time. Begin rolling as if making a chubby taco, after the first fold, tuck in both edges of the tortilla, continuing to roll to make a thick bundle. Flatten a bit with your hand.
  • Reheat remaining oil in the same saute pan or comal, over medium-low heat. Place chimichangas in batches and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until they achieve a lightly browned crust on both sides. You may also use more oil and deep-fry them over medium heat for less time, but I like the first option more…
  • Serve along the side of the Rabo de Mestiza eggs and spoon some of its sauce on top, or serve with the salsa of your choice.

Notes

Chimichangas de Frijoles con Queso

Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

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Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream

Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 3 “Avocado”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, coconut, coconut milk, ice cream, lime, pati's mexican table
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups sugar or more to taste
  • 3 large ripe avocados halved, pitted, meat diced (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup dried shredded coconut or sweetened coconut flakes lightly toasted, optional for garnish, or toasted almonds, pine nuts or pistachios

Instructions

  • Pour the coconut milk in a sauce pan along with the sugar and place over medium heat. Stir, once the sugar dissolves, turn off heat. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop the pulp out. Cut the pulp into chunks and place it in the blender or food processor. Add the coconut milk mixture and lime juice, and puree until completely smooth.
  • Process the avocado-coconut puree in you ice cream maker, according to the manufacturers instructions. Place in the freezer for a couple hours for firmer ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can serve it as a cold mousse, or you can also freeze it and serve it as ice cream, but it will be a little less fluffy. But its still good!
  • Lightly toast the shredded coconut on a small saute pan set over medium-low heat, stirring constantly so it does not burn. It will take less than a minute. Once the coconut becomes fragrant and acquires a tan, remove and set aside. Sprinkle over the ice cream.

Notes

Helado de Aguacate y Coco

Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Pati Jinich Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas
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Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 1 “Quesadillas”
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Antojos, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pati's mexican table, Plantains, Quesadilla, refried beans
Servings: 6 to 8 quesadillas
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound yellow mature plantains
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup refried beans store bought or home-made
  • Safflower or corn oil to fry

Instructions

  • Place the whole plantains in a large pot filled with boiling water. Simmer, partially covered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until they are thoroughly cooked. Remove from the water and let cool. Peel the plantains, slice, and place in a food processor along with the sugar. Process until smooth. If the dough seems to soft and runny, you may add some all purpose flour to thicken it a bit. You may also let it sit in the refrigerator, covered, for a half an hour so it will harden too.
  • Make round balls of about 1 to 2″. Press in between plastic rounds in a tortilla press or roll with a roller until you get a flat disk of about ¼”. Place about a tablespoon of refried beans right in the center and fold like a turnover. Press down along the edges so they will be tightly sealed.
  • In a large deep skillet set over medium heat, heat enough oil to have about an inch high. About 3 to 4 minutes later, when it is hot but not smoking, insert the quesadillas a few at a time. The oil should be bubbling around the quesadillas as you do. Let them fry, about 2 minutes on each side until nicely tanned and lightly crisped. Don’t let them brown too much. Remove them and place on a paper towel to drain excess of oil.
  • Serve with your favorite salsa.

Notes

Quesadillas de Plátano Macho con Frijolitos Refritos

Oaxaca-style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas

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Oaxaca-style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas

Oaxaca-style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 1 “Quesadillas”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Antojos, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: corn tortillas, epazote, jalapeno, Monterrey Jack cheese, mozzarella, Muenster cheese, Mushroom, Oaxaca cheese, onion, pati's mexican table, Quesadilla, serrano chiles
Servings: 12 quesadillas
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp safflower or corn oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 chile serrano or jalapeño, finely chopped (seeding optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms white or baby bello or any that you prefer, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh epazote leaves chopped, optional
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1 cup Oaxaca cheese shredded (also good with mozzarella, muenster or monterey jack)
  • Corn tortillas store bought or homemade
  • Salsa of your choice

Instructions

  • Heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan, set over medium-high heat. When butter starts to sizzle, add white onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the serrano chile and chopped garlic and cook until fragrant, for about a minute.
  • Incorporate the thinly sliced mushrooms and cook them for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Their juices will begin to come out and after a couple minutes they will begin to dry out. When they do, mix in the epazote leaves if using, and salt, stir and cook for another minute. The mushroom mix should be moist, not wet or too dry, which will be perfect for filling the quesadillas.
  • Heat the tortillas on a hot comal or dry skillet over medium heat for about 20 seconds. Place a tablespoon or two of the mushroom mix and a tablespoon or two of the shredded cheese (depending on how chubby you want them!) on the center of each tortilla. Fold it as if it were a turnover and press down. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until cheese is completely melted and tortillas have begun to crisp a bit on the outside.
  • Serve with a side of a salsa of your choice.

Notes

Quesadillas de Hongos con Queso Estilo Oaxaca

Fluffy Plantain and Pecan Bread

fluffy plantain bread
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Fluffy Plantain and Pecan Bread

Fluffy Plantain and Pecan Bread recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 13 “Naturally Vegetarian Mexican”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: banana bread, pati's mexican table, pecans, Plantains, vanilla
Servings: 1 10-inch loaf
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks or 6 oz unsalted butter plus more for the pan
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 pound ripe plantains peeled, sliced, and roughly mashed (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter sides and bottom of the loaf pan and lightly dust it with flour; set it aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the sugar and keep beating until fluffy. Beat in the eggs until well mixed.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Lower the speed on the mixer. Alternate between adding the plantains and the sifted dry ingredient mixture.
  • Add the vanilla and pecans and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and gently place a piece of aluminum foil on top. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for an additional 15 to 18 minutes, or until the top of the bread looks golden brown and puffed-out. If you inset a toothpick, it should come out moist but not wet.

Notes

Pan de plátano macho y nuez

Cactus Paddle Tostada

cactus paddle tostada
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Cactus Paddle Tostada

Cactus Paddle Tostada recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 13 “Naturally Vegetarian Mexican”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cactus, cilantro, jalapeno, nopales, onion, pati's mexican table, refried beans, Tomatoes, tostadas
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons safflower or corn oil
  • 3 pounds fresh nopales rinsed, cleaned and diced; or, if canned, rinsed thoroughly
  • 1/2 pound ripe tomato chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped, optional
  • 1 jalapeño pepper chopped, seeding optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt to taste

For the tostadas:

Instructions

To clean fresh cactus paddles:

  • Rinse fresh cactus paddles under cold water, being careful not to prick your fingers with the small thorns on its surface. Using a vegetable peeler or small sharp knife, peel away the darker bumps where thorns grow, as well as the thorns, trying not to peel off all the outer dark green skin. Lay the paddles flat on a chopping board, then trim around approximately 1/4 inch of the edges and 1/2 inch of the thick base. Once cleaned, rinse and dice into 1/2-to-1-inch squares, to your liking.

To use cactus from a can, bag or jar:

  • After you have removed the diced cactus from the jar or can, rinse it under water and drain well.

To cook the cactus:

  • Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a thick, large-sized skillet (one that has a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the diced cactus, stir in the salt and stir for a minute or two. Place the lid on the skillet.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and let the cactus cook and sweat for about 20 minutes, until it has exuded a gelatinous liquid that will begin to dry out (NOTE: If using cactus from a can or jar, already cleaned and cooked, just cook for an additional five minutes).
  • Take the lid off the skillet, stir and make sure most of that gelatinous substance has dried up. If it hasn’t, let the cactus cook for a few more minutes until it does. Let the cactus cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, toss the cactus with the tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Like this, it can be eaten as a cactus paddle, nopal salad!

To assemble the tostadas:

  • Spread a layer of refried beans on each tostada. Spoon some the cooked cactus mixture on top, and add the garnishes of your choice. I add avocado slices, queso fresco, Mexican crema and salsa verde!

Notes

Tostadas de nopales

Zucchini Soup with Tortilla Crisps

zucchini soup
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Zucchini Soup with Tortilla Crisps

Zucchini Soup with Tortilla Crisps recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 13 “Naturally Vegetarian Mexican”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno, leeks, mozzarella, Oaxaca cheese, onion, pati's mexican table, tortilla chips, Vegetarian, Zucchini
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

For the soup:

  • 1 tablespoon corn or safflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 cup leeks white and light green parts, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno chile sliced in half, seeding optional
  • 3 pounds green zucchini ends removed, diced
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground, or more to taste

For the garnish:

  • 1 1/2 cups tortilla crisps or totopos optional
  • 1 cup Oaxaca cheese or mozarella, diced, optional

Instructions

  • In a soup pot set over medium-low heat, add butter and oil. Once the butter bubbles, stir in the onion, leeks and jalapeño. Cook, stirring sporadically, until the onion has softened, its color has become translucent, and the edges are beginning to brown lightly, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Raise the heat to medium, incorporate the zucchini and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring here and there. Pour in the broth, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, until the zucchini is thoroughly cooked and the soup has seasoned. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Place it all in the blender in batches and purée until smooth. Return the soup to the pot and let it thoroughly heat over medium heat. Serve very hot. Either spoon some diced cheese and totopos into each soup bowl right before eating, or let your guests add as much as they fancy.

Notes

Sopa de calabacita con totopos

Squash Blossom Quesadillas

squash blossom quesadillas
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Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Squash Blossom Quesadillas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 9 "Xochimilco: Cooking with Flowers"
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Antojos, Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, Chiles, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Poblano, Quesadilla, queso, squash blossom
Servings: 12 quesadillas
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 2 poblano chiles charred, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or corn oil
  • 1/4 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic finely chopped
  • 12 ounces fresh squash blossoms rinsed, dried and chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 8 ounces Oaxaca or mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 cups instant Maseca corn masa flour if making fresh masa tortillas, or substitute 1 package store-bought corn tortillas
  • 1 3/4 cups water for the masa, if making fresh masa tortillas

Instructions

To Prepare Filling:

  • Place the poblano chiles on a tray under the broiler, directly on the grill, or directly on the open flame or on a comal or skillet set over medium heat. Turn them every 2 to 3 minutes for a total of 6 to 9 minutes, until they are charred and blistered all over. Transfer them to a plastic bag, close it tightly and let them sweat for 10 to 20 minutes. Working under a thin stream of cold water, peel off their skin; make a slit down the sides to remove and discard the seeds and veins, then remove and discard the stem. Cut them into 1/2-inch-wide strips or squares.
  • Add butter and oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter is bubbling, add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and fragrant, for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the prepared poblano chiles, then the squash blossoms and salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the blossoms exude their juices and the mixture begins to dry out. Remove from the heat.

If Using Fresh Corn Masa:

  • Mix Maseca or instant corn dough masa with the water and knead for a few minutes until soft. Make 1-inch balls and flatten between plastic rounds on a tortilla press.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the filling at the center of the dough disk and, leaving it on the plastic round of the tortilla press, fold it over and press to seal the edges. Repeat to form the rest of the quesadillas, using all the dough and filling.
  • In a deep and large skillet, add enough oil so that it’s at least ¾-inch deep; heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, about 3 to 4 minutes later, add a few quesadillas at a time to the hot oil, making sure not to crowd the skillet. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crisp. Transfer, with a slotted spoon, to a paper towel-lined platter to drain. Serve hot, with the salsa of your choice.

If Using Store-Bought Tortillas:

  • If using pre-made corn tortillas, add the cheese and filling to the center of the tortilla. Place on an already hot comal, griddle or skillet, and let them cook until the cheese has melted and the tortilla has begun to lightly crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Notes

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza

Green Chilaquiles in Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

chilaquiles verdes
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Green Chilaquiles in Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Green Chilaquiles in Roasted Tomatillo Sauce recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 7 “Family-Style Breakfast"
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cotija cheese, feta, garlic, jalapeno, mexican crema, onion, queso fresco, serrano chiles, tomatillos, tortilla chips
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 18 5″ corn tortillas
  • 2 pounds green tomatillos husked and rinsed
  • 1/2 of a large white onion
  • 1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño chiles
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 or 3 cilantro sprigs
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for brushing tortillas

To garnish:

  • 1/2 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or cotija or substitute with Farmer’s cheese or mild feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Mexican cream

Instructions

To prepare the tortillas:

  • Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Cut the tortillas into 2-inch, bite-sized pieces, lightly brush with oil, sprinkle salt. Set them on a baking tray and bake in the oven until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let the pieces cool. Alternately, you can fry the tortilla pieces.

To prepare the tomatillo sauce:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the tomatillos, onions, garlic and serrano chiles in a bowl. Add about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and rub all the ingredients until everything has a light coat of oil. Lay the ingredients in a baking tray. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake until tomatillos are soft and plump and all the ingredients look charred. Let the ingredients cool. Add the charred vegetables, the cilantro and the broth to a blender and mix well.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat, adding one additional tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, add the sauce from the blender and finish cooking over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Season to taste.

To serve:

  • When the sauce is hot, quickly but carefully add the tortillas. Stir the tortillas into the mixture so that they are fully coated with the sauce.
  • Serve the tortillas and salsa in a large platter, garnished with the sliced onions, crumbled Mexican queso fresco, drizzle with the cream, garnish with chopped onion and cilantro. Eat immediately.

Notes

Chilaquiles verdes

Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad

chayote squash salad
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Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad

Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 4 “Easy Comfort Food”
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chayote, oregano, pati's mexican table, pickled red onions, red wine vinegar
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chayote squash
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Place unpeeled chayotes in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and cover the pan, then reduce heat to low; simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the chayotes are cooked through. A knife will cleanly go through them, but they won’t be completely soft or mushy.
  • Drain, and once cool, peel the chayotes. Cut them in half, then slice into sticks.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, except for the onions, and whisk into a vinaigrette. Add the onions, mix well and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It can also be made ahead a day before and left in the refrigerator.
  • Toss the chayote sticks with the vinaigrette and onions. Serve or cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Notes

Ensalada de chayote y cebolla morada

Baked Fruit Mixiote

baked fruit mixiote
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Baked Fruit Mixiote

Baked Fruit Mixiote recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 12 “Baked!”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked fruit, banana leaves, blackberry, blueberries, fruit, mint, orange juice, pati's mexican table, peaches, vanilla, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup or honey
  • 2 large peaches pitted and cut into 6 wedges each
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • Banana leaves thawed from frozen
  • 12 fresh mint leaves
  • kosher or coarse sea salt
  • Kitchen twine

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring the orange juice, vanilla and agave syrup to a simmer. Leave it at a steady simmer for 15 minutes or until it has reduced by half (to about 3/4 cup). Remove from the heat.
  • In a bowl, place all the fruit. Pour in the orange juice syrup and gently toss.
  • Pass the banana leaves over the open flame, steadily, without toasting them. Pass them slowly, just until you see them shine and they become fragrant. It’s steady and slow and should only take a few seconds.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place one banana leaf in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • Cut 12 pieces of about 14-inches in length. They should be between 8 and 10-inches wide. Arrange two cut pieces on top of each other, crossing one another. Place about 1/6 of the fruit mixture right in the middle, place a couple mint leaves on top and add a pinch of salt. Close as in a bundle, making a package and tying a piece of twine around it to close the package. Repeat with each bundle and place them in the baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Serve the bundles by themselves, or alongside ice cream, pound cake or cinnamon rolls.

Notes

Mixiote de Frutas 

Sami’s Smashed Potatoes

Sami's Smashed Potatoes
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Sami's Smashed Potatoes

Sami's Smashed Potatoes recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 9 “Sami’s Big Day”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ancho, baked potato, Chipotle, garlic, pati's mexican table, potatoes, queso anejo, roasted potatoes, rosemary
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil plus more to brush dish
  • 8 to 10 garlic cloves pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ancho or chipotle chile powder or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried and crumbled rosemary
  • 1 cup grated parmeggiano reggiano or queso añejo

Instructions

  • In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Drop in the potatoes and cook until completely cooked and soft, about 20 minutes. The tip of a sharp knife should be able to completely and easily go through one.
  • Brush olive oil on a large baking sheet or dish. Place the potatoes, one by one, on the baking sheet. With the back of a soup spoon, smash each potato lightly but firmly until it flattens, albeit unevenly, halfway; as if just lightly smashed, but not completely broken apart. Continue with all the potatoes. Don’t let them cool too much, or it won’t be as easy to smash and lightly flatten them.
  • Place the oven rack in the upper third tier and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix the olive oil with the pressed or finely chopped garlic, chile powder, rosemary and salt. Spoon some of the garlic mixture on top of each lightly smashed potato. Cover with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until they are golden and crisp. Serve hot.

Notes

Papas Aplastadas para Sami

Warm Nopalitos with Sauteed Corn and Guajillo

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Warm Nopalitos with Sauteed Corn and Guajillo

Warm Nopalitos with Sauteed Corn and Guajillo recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 1 "Good Morning, Mexico!"
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Aguachile, cactus, cactus paddles, Corn, grill recipes, Guajillo, Mexican, Nopalitos, noplales
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons safflower or corn oil seperated
  • 3 pounds fresh nopales rinsed, cleaned and diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 ounces (about 7 or 8 chiles) guajillo chiles cleaned, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels from about 3 cobs, or thawed from frozen
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions

  • Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large heavy skillet (that has a lid) over medium-high heat. Add the diced nopales, sprinkle the salt and stir for a minute or two. Place the lid on, reduce the heat to medium and let the nopales cook and sweat for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. They will have exuded a gelatinous liquid that will begin to dry out. Take off the lid, stir and make sure most of the liquid has dried up; if it hasn’t, let them cook for a couple more minutes until it does.
  • Pour in the third tablespoon of oil, mix with the nopales and incorporate the garlic, chopped onion, guajillo chiles and corn. Mix well and let it cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Squeeze in a tablespoon of fresh lime juice, mix and place the lid back on. Let the nopales cook for another 3 to 4 minutes and turn off the heat. Taste for salt and add more if need be.
  • If you have any leftovers, they make a wonderful filling for quesadillas.

Notes

Nopales con Elote y Guajillo Salteado

Black Beans from the Pot

frijoles de olla or black beans from the pot
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4.5 from 6 votes

Black Beans from the Pot

Black Beans from the Pot recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 1 “Good Morning, Mexico!”
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans, cilantro, epazote, onion, pati's mexican table
Servings: 5 cups, plus cooking liquid
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 white onion
  • A few sprigs of cilantro or epazote optional
  • kosher or coarse sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a big heavy pot and cover with enough water to cover the beans by at least 3-inches, about 12 cups of water. Incorporate the onion and bring to a rolling boil. You may also add cilantro or epazote. Let the beans simmer over medium heat, partially covered, for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the beans are soft and then add the salt. Don’t add the salt in the beginning, or it will toughen the beans.
  • Let them continue simmering for another couple minutes, or until the beans are so soft, they come apart if you hold one between your fingers, and the broth has thickened to a soupy consistency. If the beans are not yet soft and the broth is drying out, add more hot water. Remove the cooked onion and herbs with a slotted spoon before serving.

Notes

Frijoles de Olla

Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol

green beans with peanuts and chile de arbol
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Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol

Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 8 “Asian Influences in Mexican Cooking”
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken broth, chiles de arbol, garlic, green beans, pati's mexican table, Peanuts, scallions, soy sauce, Vegetable, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans or Chinese long beans ends removed and diagonally cut into about 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 4 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 3 Chiles de Arbol stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 4 to 6 scallions thinly sliced, light green and white parts only

Instructions

  • Bring salted water to a boil, then add the sliced green beans and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes until al dente. Strain beans and set aside.
  • Combine the soy sauce, chicken broth, sugar and salt and mix well.
  • Heat the peanut oil over high heat in a large heavy skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the peanuts and fry, stirring constantly, for about 20 seconds (careful, they brown faster than it seems!). Add the garlic, stir, add the chiles de árbol, stir, add the scallions and stir.
  • Add the green beans to skillet and mix to combine all the ingredients, and finally pour in soy sauce mixture. Let it all cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately or turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.

Notes

Ejotes con Cacahuate y Chile de Árbol

Papaya Fruit Cocktail

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5 from 2 votes

Papaya Fruit Cocktail

Papaya Fruit Cocktail recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 4 “Meals in a Minute”
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agave syrup, honey, lime, mint, papaya, pati's mexican table
Servings: 4 servings as cocktail, 10 as relish
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 6 cups ripe papaya diced peeled and seeded
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey maple syrup, or sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine diced papaya, lime zest, lime juice, and agave syrup, or other sweetener, and toss well. Sprinkle on finely chopped fresh mint to garnish. Serve with the pound cake or on its own.

Notes

Cocktail de Papaya

Pico de Gallo Salsa

pico de gallo pati jinich
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Pico de Gallo Salsa

Pico de Gallo Salsa recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 3 “My Three Favorite Boys”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro, jalapeno, lime, onion, Pico de Gallo, serrano chiles, Tomatoes
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile finely chopped, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and top part of stems or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Place the tomatoes, onion, chile, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil (if using) and salt in a bowl and toss well. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.

Notes

Pico de Gallo

Fava Bean Soup: Time to go Mainstream!

When I think about my mother, I think about her fava bean soup (fine, and a couple other things too…). That’s how strong an impact that soup has had on me.

But not many people are wild about favas, habas in Spanish. Different from pasta or potatoes, Favas haven’t gone mainstream.

Okay. I can see why.

First, the fact that they come in many forms can be confusing (fresh in their pod, fresh out of the pod, dried with their skin on, or dried and peeled). Also, the ways to cook them in their different forms haven’t been widely publicized. On top of that, favas have a strong flavor that can be overpowering, and to some, hard to bear.

Now, bear with me here. If you know what form of favas to get for which kind of dish, the confusion is almost gone. With the right recipe, the confusion evaporates further and their overpowering flavor is tamed. Thus… beloved cooks, favas become what they must: filling, rich, wholesome and deliciously intense.

dried and peeled favas

Since we are almost in the middle of winter, and I started talking about my mother’s soup, let’s consider dried favas which can be found year round and store forever in your pantry (fresh ones are found from Spring to Summer).

You can find them with shells on, like these on top. They are pretty, but you need to soak them, cook them and peel them. Quoting my mother: “Ay no Pati, eso de pelar una por una es una monserga” (translates to something like: peeling them one by one is a pain).

If you are looking for a relaxing therapy that will take hours, that’s fine. If you are not, go for the already peeled dried favas, like the ones below. They don’t look as pretty, but have more personality.

dried favas skin on
To cook: Soak them in cold water anywhere from 2 to 12 hours. If you forgot to soak them, they will take a bit longer to cook, that’s all.

soaking favas
Now, drain them and place them in a pot with chicken broth and let them simmer, with the cover ajar, for about 50 to 55 minutes. They will be soft, thoroughly cooked and coming apart. That’s what you want.

See the broth? Its thick and lightly hay colored. Soothing looking already…

cooked fava beans
Next step, seasoning base: tomatoes, onion and garlic. My mom makes a rustic kind of soup. She chops the tomatoes, onion and garlic, cooks them with a little oil for 5 minutes and adds it to the cooked fava beans and broth.

I prefer a more smooth version of the soup because:
a) It lets me trick my monsters into eating the beans.
b) It looks more fancy if I want to serve it to guests.
c) With this cold, I find it much more comforting.
d) I like creamy things, so let me indulge myself.

So, I puree the fava beans with the broth once they are ready.

pureed fava beans
As for the seasoning base, with the blender in working mode, I puree the tomatoes with the onion and the garlic too….

tomatoes garlic onion
Cook that nice and thick puree over medium high heat for 5 or 6 minutes, until it thickens and darkens its color. Which means that the ingredients have seasoned and transformed from having a raw flavor to a cooked one.

tomato puree
Pour the fava bean and chicken broth puree right on top of that seasoned tomato base. Add salt, pepper, a pinch of cumin and let it all come together and season for about 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, slice some bolillos, teleras or baguettes.

slicing baguette
Brush them with a light coat of olive oil, on both sides, if you must. Toast them until tanned and crispy.

brushing baguette
With the soup seasoned and thickened, you are ready to pour it into a bowl.

serving soup
Lay a piece of toast right on top…

place bread on soup
Crown it with some Pasilla chile crisps if you want an extra layer of flavorful crunch (see recipe below).

garnish with pasilla crisps
And jump in.

fava bean soup
Just watch as that piece of toast jumps in along with me.

fava bean soup
And if this blog had sound you would have heard the toast crack in the midst of that fava bean bath…

fava bean soup
And yes it is fabulous! What are you waiting for?

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Fava Bean Soup with Crunch Toasts and Pasilla Crisps

When I think about my mother, I think about her fava bean soup (fine, and a couple other things too…). That’s how strong an impact that soup has had on me. But not many people are wild about favas, habas in SpanishDifferent from pasta or potatoes, Favas haven’t gone mainstream.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bolillo, chicken broth, cumin, fava beans, garlic, onion, pasilla, pati's mexican table, Tomatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fava beans peeled and dried
  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound ripe Roma tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup white onion roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil corn or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of cumin
  • 2 pasilla chiles stemmed, seeded, and cut into small strips and quickly fried
  • 6 diagonal slices of bolillo telera or baguette, lightly brushed with oil and toasted
  • Olive oil to brush over the toast

Instructions

  • In a bowl, cover the fava beans with cold water and let them soak anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. Drain. Place the lima beans and chicken broth in a large soup pot set over medium heat. Let it come to a medium simmer with the lid ajar and cook until the beans are thoroughly cooked and tender, about 50 to 55 minutes. Turn off the heat and let them cool a little bit. Puree in batches in the blender. Place in a container or a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, puree the tomatoes along with the onion and garlic until smooth. In a large soup pot, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Once it is hot, but not smoking, pour in the tomato puree. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, until it deepens in color and thickens, about 5 to 6 minutes. Pour in the lime bean puree. Sprinkle the salt and black pepper, and continue cooking for about 8 to 10 minutes, until all of the flavors have combined.
  • Ladle the soup in individual bowls. Garnish with a piece of toast, brushed with olive oil, and sprinkle some crunchy chile strips on top.
  • Note: To make the chile crisps, quickly fry the chile pieces in a saute pan with 1/4" oil set over medium heat. Once oil is hot but not smoking, quickly fry the crisps, literally 2 seconds, remove and place on a plate covered with paper towel.

Notes

Sopa de Habas con Pan Tostado y Chile Pasilla

Bossed Around at El Bají­o: Plantain Quesadillas

Each time I go back to Mexico City, even before the plane lands, I know there are some formal plans that can never, ever, be messed around with. They are all with my father and they all involve eating in the same places. Each single time.

One of the places is El Bají­o. If you know my father, you know he doesn’t let me order. You also know that he knows the Restaurant manager, waiters, bar servers and valet parking attendants by name. And they all know him too.

Continue reading “Bossed Around at El Bají­o: Plantain Quesadillas”

The double life of an avocado

My friend Vered walked into my house carrying a pound of French feta cheese and some freshly baked pitas she found at a Middle Eastern store. It was the kind she used to cook with in her Israeli home. Just a taste made us realize how hungry we were, though we were not near any mealtime. Nonetheless, we had 20 minutes before we had to run, so that’s a great excuse for a snack.

The last beautifully ripe Mexican avocado I had in the basket was staring at me. So I offered to make a Mexican Farolada out of her pita, of course to top with some fresh Guacamole.

The Farolada, named after the Farolito chain of taco restaurants, consists of pita bread stuffed with Mexican Manchego cheese (similar to Monterey Jack), thrown on the grill until the cheese oozes out. If let to sit there per your request, it will become crispy too.

I turned around to start chopping some Serrano chile for the guacamole when Vered said she had another plan for my avocado and her pita: the Israeli way. Which, she said in a challenging fashion, was incredibly tasty.

Now, you can’t just walk into my kitchen and tempt me with something I have never eaten before.

We split that creamy, perfect avocado in half.

She mixed hers with feta cheese, green olives, lime juice (much to her dismay since she never uses limes, but it is very strange to find a lemon in my kitchen) olive oil and salt. She didn’t fill her pita with anything, just heated it up.

While the Farolada was getting nice and crunchy, I prepared my favorite guacamole version: smashed avocado with rivers of lime juice, generous amounts of serrano chile and cilantro and a healthy sprinkling of salt. No chopped tomatoes in there, thank you.

She ate my Mexican version and nodded in approval; I ate her Mediterranean one and loved it. In fact, I think I liked hers more. It seemed more exotic, plus I really enjoy the tangy taste of French feta.

Nonetheless, I finished with a piece of mine, if only because it tasted like home.

Here, you can try them both! See what you think.

Avocados main
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Vered’s Avocado Salad with Toasted Pita Bread

My friend Vered's avocado salad the Israeli way. She mixes the avocado with feta cheese, green olives, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Israeli, Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, cheese, Eggs, feta, lemon, olives, pita, Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Mexican avocados halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives chopped (preferably the cracked bitter ones)
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (she asked me to point out that she meant lemon and never lime)
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Israeli or French feta cheese crumbled (optional)
  • Hot or toasted pita breads

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, mash the avocados with a fork to a chunky paste. Add the olives, scallions, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. Add chopped egg and/or crumbled feta if you are going to use.
  • Spread the avocado salad over toasted pita bread or a slice of bread. For the perfect Israeli dinner – eat with a side of an Israeli salad and scrambled eggs (she pointed out I should add that too…)

Notes

Ensalada de Aguacate con Pita Arabe
avocado
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Pati’s Guacamole Ranchero with Faroladas

The Farolada, named after the Farolito chain of taco restaurants, consists of pita bread stuffed with Mexican Manchego cheese (similar to Monterey Jack), thrown on the grill until the cheese oozes out. If let to sit there per your request, it will become crispy too.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Antojos, Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Avocado, cheese, Farolada, guacamole, Mexican Manchego, pita, Ranchero, Recipe, serrano chiles
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

Guacamole:

  • 2 ripe Mexican avocados halved, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1 serrano chile or to taste, minced (seeding is optional and may substitute with jalapeño)
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Faroladas:

  • 4 whole pita breads
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican Manchego cheese or Monterey Jack

Instructions

To make the guacamole:

  • Gently mix ingredients in a bowl and serve. It can be prepared a couple of hours in advance if covered and stored in the refrigerator.

To make the faroladas:

  • Heat a comal or heavy dry skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Gently heat the pita breads over the comal or skillet for about 15 seconds per side. Remove and make a horizontal slice halfway through, making a long and wide pocket.
  • Stuff each pita with about 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Place them back on the hot comal or skillet and heat for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, to your liking, until cheese is melted and depending how crunchy or soft you want the pita bread. For crunchier, leave longer. Remove from heat, cut into 4 pieces and eat with the guacamole.

Notes

Guacamole Ranchero con Faroladas