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Old 02-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Mexican Food

Hey..

I am currently doing a project a school which involves having to make 2 dishes (with accompaniments) from an international country.

I was thinking of doing Mexican and was wondering if any of you could possibly make any suggestions of what to make?

I know there are things like burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas etc but I want to make something more traditional/less popular?

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Hi. One of my favorite Mexican dishes is posole - a pork and hominy stew. It takes some time to make but it's delicious. You can serve it out of a slow cooker, too.

Another good dish is tamales. Here's an easy recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/m...ipe/index.html They can be cooled and then reheated before serving.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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^^^ So asking a cooking forum isn't figuring out how to use resources? Chances are, with only having one post, they found this site through a Google search in an attempt to locate resources... I say, good job OP use every resource available.

Anyway, I'd suggest if you want Mexico maybe look into carne guisada since it can hold well in a catering-like situation. Menudo is also a great option for something that will hold well and it's very traditional, especially for curing hangovers.
Want to really do it up? Make some barbacoa de cabeza de res.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Hi,

Guacamole.

I thnk Arroz con pollo ( chicken with rice) is good. You can cut up the chicken into bite size pieces, if you are going to share with a class.

Jicama( prounced HeeKama) is a raw vegetable served in salads. As a snack, peel it and cut into thin sticks, eat like carrots. Sprinkle with lime juice before serving and have a bowl of salt heavily laced with chile pepper powder for dipping.

Flan, a caramel pudding, makes a cool dessert.

Good luck with your class project.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:12 PM   #5
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Mexican cuisine is really diverse! There are many regional favorites. Some of our faves from the Yucatan: Cochinita pibil (slow roasted pulled pork) with pickled onions, fish or shrimp ceviche, shrimp cocktail (where we go, orange soda is the key ingredient in the cocktail sauce), fish tacos, flan (try it made with Kahlua), frijoles charro (bean soup, delish!), whole fried fish, all kinds of salsas, mole chicken.

Here's a menu from a very old Yucatan restaurant:

http://www.casadenis.com/menu.htm
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I'm tackling Pork Carnitas today. I'll serve them with flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato and salsa and add a side of Southern Brown rice - (white rice, butter, mushrooms, onions and cooked in beef broth.) Since my DH keeps saying he doesn't like Mexican food, we'll see how he likes this.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:30 PM   #7
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I'm tackling Pork Carnitas today. I'll serve them with flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato and salsa and add a side of Southern Brown rice - (white rice, butter, mushrooms, onions and cooked in beef broth.) Since my DH keeps saying he doesn't like Mexican food, we'll see how he likes this.
Sounds great! IMHO, saying you don't like Mexican food is like saying you don't like American food. There is such huge variety.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #8
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Homemade chorizo. Maybe a torta (sandwich). Chili rellenos or tamales. These are all typical, everyday items that aren't very envolved. If you really feel adventurous, try your hand at a mole.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:39 AM   #9
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Here are two tamale sites that feature sweet tamales. I have had these, when I lived in San Diego area. They were made by an elderly lady who I, and a companion visited. It was part of a church function that we did. We'd clean her bird cage, and visit with her, find out other household maintenance needs that she had, and she'd make wonderful Mexican foods to keep us coming back every month. Once of the outstanding things she made was sweet tamales.

Dessert tamales make a great holiday tradition

Mexican Sweet Tamales Recipe - CHOW

As others have said, there is such a variety of food in Mexico. One of my favorites is Carne Asada, a filling for tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. I'd serve the stuff over rice too. It is so flavorful and delicious. Here's the re3cipe I use:
Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. flank or round steak
1 fresh onion, peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, washed, and diced
2 jalapeno peppers, washed, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbs. freshly minced cilantro
juice of two limes
salt to taste.

Cook the steak over hot charcoal until medium rare. Remove and let cool.
Dice the meat into small dice, and add remaining ingredients, with the meat, into a heavy pan, with a little lard, or cooking oil (just enough to coat the pan bottom). Cook until the veggies are partially cooked through. There should be a mild crunch to them. Serve with fresh corn tortillas, softened in hot oil, with salsa or whatever you like in your tacos. Or, wrap in a flour tortilla with cheese and refried beans.

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Old 04-20-2013, 02:47 PM   #10
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Traditional Mexican Cooking

You should try making some authentic traditional mexican recipes. And making your own taco shells and tortillas.
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