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Apps, Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Dairy Free, Recipes

Fiery Habanero Salsa

January 16, 2018
If you like spicy, this salsa is for you. This habanero salsa is not for wimps made with charred habanero chiles, onions, a little orange juice, and tomatillos it will warm you from the inside out.

How do you feel about habaneros? Really, spicy food in general? If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you have a bit of a tolerance and might even possibly enjoy a little belly warming heat every so often. Fiery habanero salsa is the way to go.

On a scale of 1 to burn your face off this salsa is around a nose hair singe—it be spicy. Suffice it to say, if you are sensitive, this may not be a recipe for you but I do think no human should go thorough life and most especially a bitterly cold winter without something POW!! Knock your socks off, I mean let’s live a little.

If you like spicy, this salsa is for you. This habanero salsa is not for wimps made with charred habanero chiles, onions, a little orange juice, and tomatillos it will warm you from the inside out.

I’ve been hearing rumors that there is a sporting event coming up. Something about a Souper Bowl or is it Super Bowl? Either way it sounds like a speed eating contest for the infirm. I’m not going to try to pretend I know anything about it, but if you plan on watching and gathering with friends, this Fiery Habanero Salsa might be just the way to spice up the partaaay!

If you like spicy, this salsa is for you. This habanero salsa is not for wimps made with charred habanero chiles, onions, a little orange juice, and tomatillos it will warm you from the inside out.

Fiery Habanero Salsa
 
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If you like spicy, this salsa is for you. This habanero salsa is not for wimps made with charred habanero chiles, onions, a little orange juice, and tomatillos it will warm you from the inside out.
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Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 7 habanero chiles
  • 1 white onion, cut in wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 large tomatillos
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. Heat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil and place chiles, onion, garlic, and tomatillos on the baking sheet.
  2. Broil until vegetables are charred on all sides, turning them occasionally and removing vegetables as they cook, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove stem and seeds from the habaneros (use gloves if you’re hands are sensitive to heat). Transfer to a blender with remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Taste and add more salt if needed.

 

Besides chips, here are some other things this salsa is good on:

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Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Dairy Free, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes

Beet and Persimmon Salad with Candied Peanuts and Smoked Paprika-Orange Dressing

January 10, 2018
A colorful winter beet and persimmon salad bursting with all the flavors of the season; citrus in the dressing, smoky paprika, and spicy maple candied peanuts for texture and crunch. Vegan and gluten-free!

Salads are clearly a January staple but that certainly doesn’t mean they need to be boring, they don’t even have to include lettuce as far as I’m concerned. In fact, a winter salad should be just as hearty as any other dish you crave this time of year.

This particular (non lettucey combination) is a take off of Pati Jinich’s Ensalada de Navidad or Christmas Salad. Pati uses jicama, thick slices of orange, and beets and I love that combination but I’m also particularly fond of persimmons and just don’t think they get the love they deserve, not to mention, beets and persimmons are an irresistible match.

A colorful winter beet and persimmon salad bursting with all the flavors of the season; citrus in the dressing, smoky paprika, and spicy maple candied peanuts for texture and crunch. Vegan and gluten-free!

The orange component appears in a smoky-sweet dressing made from fresh squeezed orange juice, smoked paprika, scallions, and garlic. This dressing should not be reserved simply for this salad but is amazing over warm grains, pan-seared steak, and of course lettuce, if that’s your jam.

Now the pièce de résistance that totally makes this salad are the spicy, maple-coated peanuts that sound lavish but are really nothing more than a go around in the oven. I have a soft spot for Runamok Smoked Maple Syrup which is absolutely divine on these peanuts and goes beautifully with the smoky flavors of the dressing. That being said, I’ve also made them with regular ‘ol Grade A maple syrup and they are still delicious!

A colorful winter beet and persimmon salad bursting with all the flavors of the season; citrus in the dressing, smoky paprika, and spicy maple candied peanuts for texture and crunch. Vegan and gluten-free!

Beet and Persimmon Salad with Candied Peanuts and Smoked Paprika-Orange Dressing
 
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A colorful winter beet and persimmon salad bursting with all the flavors of the season; citrus in the dressing, smoky paprika, and spicy maple candied peanuts for texture and crunch. Vegan and gluten-free!
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 2 pounds beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound Fuyu persimmons
  • 1 cup baby arugula
For the candied peanuts:
  • ⅔ cup raw peanuts
  • ⅓ cup smoked maple syrup or pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground arbol chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
For the salad:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Scrub beets and dry them. Place in a baking dish, rub with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and roast until a knife easily goes through, about 30 minutes. Remove, let cool, then peel and slice into ½-inch thick slices.
  2. Meanwhile make the peanuts. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and toss peanuts, syrup, chile powder, and salt together on the baking sheet until well combined. Bake peanuts in the oven with the beets 15-20 minutes, stirring a few times. Let cool then break into pieces.
  3. To make the dressing combine garlic, scallions, the zest of 1 orange and the juice of both oranges, with remaining dressing ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt or vinegar if needed.
  4. To serve, slice the persimmons into ½-inch thick slices then arrange the beet and persimmon slices on a platter. Spoon dressing over the top, sprinkle with nuts and arugula and serve.

Photos by David Mendoza III

A Vegetarian Winter Menu

Beet and Persimmon Salad with Candied Peanuts and Smoked Paprika-Orange Dressing

Roasted Squash and Kale Quesadillas

Blood Orange Tart with Vanilla Mascarpone

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Tahini Potato and Kale Tamales + Your Favorites from 2017

January 2, 2018
These tahini Potato and Kale Tamales are a vegan tamale that doesn't skimp on flavor. Fluffy masa surround a filling of tahini-garlic potatoes and kale.

Happy New Year Friends!!

How were your holidays? More importantly, what was the BEST thing you ate? For me it was lovely chunks of smoked salmon from Santa Rosa Seafood  that we enjoyed before our Christmas dinner with an equally lovely glass of Stony Hill Chardonnay, rye bread, and cremé fraiche. I could’ve easily stopped there but you know I didn’t.

2018 is upon us and you know what? I’m entering my 40th year on this crazy spinning planet! Holy Moly! So I’d like to set the intention to dream big and while I’m working towards those dreams, live the moments as they come with compassion, gratitude, and pride for who I am, what I have, and how far I’ve already come. With that in mind I’d like to say, thank you. Whether you visit every week or you stop by every once in a while, I am so incredibly grateful that you are here.

Before we move forward into a new year of cooking and parties and fun, let’s take a look back at 2017 and which posts you loved best from the past year.

10. How To Throw An Italian Polenta Party

9. Masa Harina Pancakes with Vanilla Strawberries

8. Red Lentil Picnic Salad with Sweet Cider Dressing

7. Loaded Black Mole Braised Beef Fries

6. Beer-Braised Beef Barbacoa

5. Smoky Chile Relleno Rice Bowl with Chicken

4. Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Coconut and Lime

3. Hibiscus Mimosa Kits: The Perfect Hostess Gift for the Brunch Lover In Your Life

2. How to Make a DIY Chambord Sangria Bar

1. Cinnamon Roll Capirotada

I hope you get a chance to try some of these favorites from last year. I love that you love the variety, everything from party posts to the more traditional stuff and here’s one more before I say good-bye.

Tahini Potato and Kale Tamales

These tahini Potato and Kale Tamales are a vegan tamale that doesn't skimp on flavor. Fluffy masa surround a filling of tahini-garlic potatoes and kale.

These unique tamales were ones I created for a tamale feast I threw with my pals at Municipal Winemakers in Santa Barbara. The potato-tahini combination is one I learned from the imaginative Susana Villasuso and it seemed like a natural fit for a vegan tamale. I added a fresh touch of kale for something green and to break up the fluffy, glorious carb-load that is potatoes stuffed inside masa.

The recipe is straight-up tamales. They are a project people, but don’t let that stop you. For step-by-step with photos see this post over here. Serve the tamales with your favorite guacamole or salsa or pico. I like the Trader Joe’s salsa verde when I don’t feel like making my own.

These tahini Potato and Kale Tamales are a vegan tamale that doesn't skimp on flavor. Fluffy masa surround a filling of tahini-garlic potatoes and kale.

Tahini Potato and Kale Tamales
 
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These tahini Potato and Kale Tamales are a vegan tamale that doesn't skimp on flavor. Fluffy masa surround a filling of tahini-garlic potatoes and kale.
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Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • For the Potato Filling:
  • 2 ½ pounds small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag chopped kale
  • For the Tamales:
  • 40 dried corn husks
  • 6 cups Maseca corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups lard or vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
  • 8-9 cups warm chicken or vegetable broth
Instructions
  1. Cover potatoes with cold, salted water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until just tender, about 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile combine tahini, garlic, smoked paprika, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Drain potatoes and immediately transfer to bowl with tahini mixture. Gently toss potatoes until they are coated, this needs to be done while the potatoes are still hot otherwise the tahini will be too stiff to mix in. Zap for a few seconds in a microwave to melt if necessary.
  3. Bring a separate pot of salted water to a boil. Add kale and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain and plunge kale into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and squeeze out any excess water.
To make the Tamales:
  1. Soak corn husks at least 2 hours in advance in hot water. Use a heavy plate to submerge husks in water.
  2. Combine Maseca, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add cubed lard or shortening rubbing it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it in very small pieces. Add 7 cups of warm broth and mix into a dough making sure all Maseca has been incorporated and there are no dry spots. It is best to mix together with your hands so you can feel any dry Maseca.
  3. Add more liquid if the masa is too dry, you want it to be easily spreadable but not runny, like fluffy mashed potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Assemble:
  1. Fill a tamale steamer with water just until it reaches the rack where the tamales will sit. Use a few of the small or ripped soaked corn husks to line the rack. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, turn heat to medium and keep covered.
  2. Dry a soaked corn husk with a clean kitchen towel. Hold the corn husk with the wide end toward you. Using a large spoon or tamale spreader, evenly spread about ½ cup masa from the middle of the husk down leaving about ½-inch border on the sides.
  3. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of potatoes and 1 tablespoon of kale down the middle.
  4. Fold one side of masa over the filling until the two edges of the corn husk meet, and holding onto one side of corn husk, pull the other side toward the middle to press the two edges of masa together. Fold the pointy end of the corn husk up over the large end, and place on a clean baking sheet. Repeat with remaining corn husks. You can use a piece of corn husk to prevent them from opening, but it is not necessary.
  5. Place tamales vertically, open-side up in the tamale steamer, keeping them snug in the pot so they don't unravel during cooking. Make sure water is at a steady simmer and producing lots of steam. Cover tightly and steam until masa is cooked through and not doughy in the middle, about 45 minutes. Check occasionally and add more water if the pot looks dry.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pot. Tamales can also be left in the pot, covered with a clean towel (and then covered with the steamer lid) for up to an hour before serving. They will stay warm and soft if you want to make them in advance.
  7. Serve with habanero salsa, pickled onions, and radishes.

 


A Winter Hibernation Party Menu

Salsa de Cacahuate {Creamy Peanut and Chile Salsa} with Chips

Tahini Potato and Kale Tamales

Braised Pork and Chile Stew

Prairie Garden Salad

Cookie Butter Muesli Cookies

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All tamale images are by David Mendoza III

Breakfast, Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes

Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake

December 26, 2017
This Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake is your new favorite brunch dish, filled with spiced Mexican chorizo & Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

On the surface savory coffee cake might sound weird, but hear me out. Think of this kind of like an egg dish but with a substantial crumb or like a chorizo cornbread, but with a lot more cheese and no corn. I think the best way to decide on the greatness of chorizo breakfast cake is to well, just make it!

This Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake is your new favorite brunch dish, filled with spiced Mexican chorizo & Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

In my limited internet searching, I believe sausage coffee cake is a Southern thing, Can anyone testify to this? I found a lovely sausage coffee cake created by the Runaway Spoon and combined that recipe with my Grandma’s coffee cake recipe to come up with this one. A soft, dense cake with a melting interior thanks to lots of cheese and eggs. There’s chorizo to spice things up and a lovely, crunchy topping for textural contrast. In my opinion, no coffee cake is complete without some kind of streusel-like something on top.

This Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake is your new favorite brunch dish, filled with spiced Mexican chorizo & Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

This pretty Sugar Pink Le Creuset skillet makes the perfect vessel for baking this chorizo breakfast cake. It is part of their new Sugar Pink Collection which has my heart all aflutter. The color is divine but the sturdy cast iron that Le Creuset is known for bakes like a dream.

This Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake is your new favorite brunch dish, filled with spiced Mexican chorizo & Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

A pan this cute basically begs to be shown off, so why not throw a Sugar Pink Boozy Brunch on New Year’s Day? You make the Chorizo Breakfast Cake and I’ll supply the booze in the form of chic sparkling wine cocktails from Pampelonne. Rosé Lime, Blood Orange Spritz, and my personal favorite the French 75, these drinks are all kinds of fancy.

This Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake is your new favorite brunch dish, filled with spiced Mexican chorizo & Gruyere cheese and topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

Have a wonderful New Year’s friends! Check below for a full New Year’s Brunch menu.

Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 9 ounces Mexican chorizo, casing removed
  • 1 small red onions, chopped
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle
  2. Grease an 10-inch cast iron skillet or an 8x8-inch baking dish or line with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper.
  3. Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and onion and let cook until onion is soft, about 10 minutes, breaking chorizo up with the back of a wooden spoon as you go.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Add cheese, thyme, egg, milk, and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to break up any lumps. Add the dry mixture to the chorizo mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Scrape into the prepared pan.
  6. Mix together Panko and Pecorino in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the batter. Bake until firm in the middle and toasted, about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Thank you to Le Creuset and Pampelonne for providing the cocktails and skillet for this post. 


NEW YEAR’S BRUNCH MENU

Pampelonne Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Fruit with Brown Sugar-Sour Cream Dip

Savory Chorizo Breakfast Cake

Lime Raspberry Poppy Seed Muffins

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Chile Verde Chicken Tamales

December 19, 2017
These Chile Verde Chicken Tamales are like fluffy masa present waiting to be unwrapped; stuffed with tender poached chicken and mild green tomatillo salsa.

A couple weeks ago I was asked to whip up a tamale spread for the good folks at Municipal Wine Makers. This being the Christmas tamale season I jumped at the chance to share some masa love with friends.

These Chile Verde Chicken Tamales are like fluffy masa present waiting to be unwrapped;   stuffed with tender poached chicken and mild green tomatillo salsa.

Chile Verde Chicken Tamales are a holiday classic; tender chicken stuffed inside a fluffy masa shell and drenched in green tomatillo salsa will bring just about anyone to the table and actually, my friends, go great with wine. Muni has some great options too (I’m especially fond of their sparkling selection) so check them out.

These Chile Verde Chicken Tamales are like fluffy masa present waiting to be unwrapped;   stuffed with tender poached chicken and mild green tomatillo salsa.

If you’re new to the tamale game this recipe is a great place to start. They are no less labor-intensive (that’s why you should always make them with friends…and wine) but they are pretty straight-forward, chicken, salsa, masa, wrap. I like to make a double batch of the salsa so I’ll have more to serve the tamales with. Other garnishes can include Mexican crema or sour cream, crumbled Cotija, pickled onions, and/or radishes tossed with lime juice and salt.

These Chile Verde Chicken Tamales are like fluffy masa present waiting to be unwrapped;   stuffed with tender poached chicken and mild green tomatillo salsa.

If you’d like a step-by-step tutorial on how to make tamales see this post for more photos and detailed description of each step.

Chile Verde Chicken Tamales
 
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Serves: 40 tamales
Ingredients
For the chicken:
  • 1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
For the chile verde:
  • 2 pounds tomatillos
  • ½ white onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeños, stemmed (seeds removed if you’d like it less spicy)
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, tough stems removed
  • For the tamales:
  • 40 dried corn husks
  • 6 cups Maseca corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups lard or vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
  • 6-7 cups chicken cooking liquid or store-bought broth
Instructions
To Make the Chicken:
  1. Rinse chicken and remove any neck or giblets (save and freeze for later or discard).
  2. Place in a large stock pot with remaining chicken ingredients and cover by an inch or so with cold water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook until chicken is very tender and falling off the bone, about 1-11/2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken to a baking sheet and let cool. Strain broth into a clean stock pot, discard solids. Keep broth warm to use in the masa.
  4. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-sized pieces removing any bone, skin, or fat, set aside.
To Make the Chile Verde:
  1. Combine tomatillos, onion, garlic, and jalapeños in a large saucepan. Cover with water by an inch or so and bring to a boil. Cook until tomatillos are soft but not falling apart, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and transfer vegetables to a blender, let cool slightly then add salt and cilantro and carefully blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt as needed.
  3. To make the Tamales:
  4. Soak corn husks at least 2 hours in advance in hot water. Use a heavy plate to submerge husks in water.
  5. Combine Maseca, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add cubed lard or shortening rubbing it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it in very small pieces. Add 5 cups of reserved chicken cooking liquid and mix into a dough making sure all Maseca has been incorporated and there are no dry spots. It is best to mix together with your hands so you can feel any dry Maseca.
  6. Add more liquid if the masa is too dry, you want it to be easily spreadable but not runny, like fluffy mashed potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
  7. Assemble:
  8. Fill a tamale steamer with water just until it reaches the rack where the tamales will sit. Use a few of the small or ripped soaked corn husks to line the rack. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, turn heat to medium and keep covered.
  9. Dry a soaked corn husk with a clean kitchen towel. Hold the corn husk with the wide end toward you. Using a large spoon or tamale spreader, evenly spread about ½ cup masa from the middle of the husk down leaving about ½-inch border on the sides.
  10. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of chicken and 1 tablespoon of chile verde down the middle.
  11. Fold one side of masa over the filling until the two edges of the corn husk meet, and holding onto one side of corn husk, pull the other side toward the middle to press the two edges of masa together. Fold the pointy end of the corn husk up over the large end, and place on a clean baking sheet. Repeat with remaining corn husks.
  12. Place tamales vertically, open-side up in the tamale steamer, keeping them snug in the pot so they don't unravel during cooking. Make sure water is at a steady simmer and producing lots of steam. Cover tightly and steam until masa is cooked through and not doughy in the middle, about 45 minutes. Check occasionally and add more water if the pot looks dry.
  13. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pot. Tamales can also be left in the pot, covered with a clean towel (and then covered with the steamer lid) for up to an hour before serving. They will stay warm and soft if you want to make them in advance.
  14. Serve with remaining chile verde.

 


Holiday Tamale Menu

Chimayo Cocktails

Mexican Goat Cheese Dip and Salsa Morita with Chips

Chile Verde Chicken Tamales

Easy Black Beans

Baby Kale, Avocado, and Pear Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Coconut Tres Leches Cake

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Apps, Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Mains, Popular, Recipes

Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Coconut and Lime

December 8, 2017
A super easy, ultra healthy shrimp ceviche tostada recipe with fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut milk, chiles, cilantro, and thinly sliced scallions.

The idea for this recipe came from a double dose of inspiration. First from a restaurant dish made many years ago and secondly, a trip to Baja last year that changed the way I thought of tostadas forever.

A super easy, ultra healthy shrimp ceviche tostada recipe with fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut milk, chiles, cilantro, and thinly sliced scallions.

Back in my chefing days at Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley we would frequently serve a ceviche very similar to this one made with scallops, coconut milk, an epic amount of lime juice, and lots of fresh herbs and chiles. Being a 80’s-raised, Midwestern girl I was new to the concept of eating raw seafood but this food was transformative. The lime juice “cooked” the scallops just so and the coconut milk added a buttery richness that calmed the chiles to a soothing hum.

I loved that ceviche and for as much as I think about it, you’d think I would’ve made it a million times by now, but alas, it took some subtle nudging from my partners at Guerrero Tortillas to get me to actually write it down.

When they asked me to collaborate with them on a recipe for their new Baked Tostadas with Sea Salt I immediately thought of that coconut milk ceviche and how delicious it would be piled high on their crispy tostada shells.

A super easy, ultra healthy shrimp ceviche tostada recipe with fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut milk, chiles, cilantro, and thinly sliced scallions.

 

Which leads me to my second source of inspiration. Up until last year I had only had tostadas (the flat, crisp corn tortillas) that were fried. I love them, they are deeply crunchy and have incredible corn flavor but then I took a little trip to Baja California and discovered the tostadas there were nothing like the ones I had eaten at home.

In Baja the tostadas are baked which gives the tortilla shells a completely different texture and flavor, one that is light as air, crisp, and subtle. Perfect for the delicately flavored seafood and fish they are known for. And this, my friends is what the Guerrero Baked Tostadas taste like. So good that you will eat them for their exquisite flavor, not because they are good for you—which they are, by the way, with less fat and calories than the traditional tostada shells.

A super easy, ultra healthy shrimp ceviche tostada recipe with fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut milk, chiles, cilantro, and thinly sliced scallions.

This ceviche makes a quick, easy meal during these busy holiday nights and is a great way to stay healthy during this indulgent season. It also is a chic appetizer for a cocktail party or sit down situation. Break the larger tostada shells into smaller mismatched portions and serve several on a larger tray. Bon Apetitos!

Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Coconut and Lime
 
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A super easy, ultra healthy shrimp ceviche tostada recipe with fresh squeezed lime juice, coconut milk, chiles, cilantro, and thinly sliced scallions.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound raw medium shrimp, peeled and diveined
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed if you'd like it less spicy)
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground chile de arbol
  • 4-6 Tostada shells, such as Guerrero Baked Tostadas with Sea Salt
  • ripe avocado slices, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add shrimp and cook until firm and opaque, about 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Chop shrimp into small pieces and combine with lime juice, coconut milk, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, radishes, salt, and ground chile.
  3. Cover and let chill 1 hour. Taste and add more salt or lime juice as needed.
  4. Serve on tostada shells with slices of avocado on top.

This post was sponsored by Guerrero Tortillas, all opinions however are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 

 


Menu

Honey Grapefruit Margaritas

Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas with Coconut and Lime

Oven-Baked Avocado Fries with Harissa Ranch

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Popsicles

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Coconut Christmas Cookies with Lime Icing

December 4, 2017
Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible

Over the weekend we started in big time on the Christmas cheer. The Christmas tree went up and cookies were baked. Lights were strung on the eaves of the garage even though earlier in the week Armando swore we weren’t going to put up Christmas lights outside.  I believe there was a, “I don’t have time for that” and there might have been a “we don’t have the” …..name some random thing you might have to run to the hardware store to get in order to put up Christmas lights on the exterior of the house.

Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible

Anyway, we’re feeling down right festive. I especially love the new addition to the Christmas cookie rotation. We typically make a traditional Christmas sugar cookie dough to roll and cut and decorate but I found these absolutely adorable ninja cookie cutters and I wanted to make a dough special for my little ninja in his favorite flavor.

Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible

He loves anything coconut and due to the butter Armando can’t eat the traditional dough anyway so I went full coconut with coconut oil, sweetened flakes of coconut, and even a dash of coconut milk to make the ultimate coconut cookie that can be rolled and cut into any shape you please–even ninja.

Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible

The coconut oil makes the dough a bit finicky so it will need to be chilled, but not for too long otherwise it becomes crumbly, so there’s a middle ground that just takes a bit of practice to get used to. Steer on the thicker side when rolling out the dough to make it easier on yourself.  The lime icing is subtle but is the perfect consistency for decorating and has a nice gloss when it dries. If you’d like more lime flavor add the zest of the lime as well, although then it won’t be perfectly white any more.

Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?

Coconut Christmas Cookies with Lime Icing
 
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Switch up your Holiday Cut-Outs with these Coconut Christmas Cookies. Made with coconut oil and coconut milk and even shredded coconut they are irresistible
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Serves: 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks (save whites for icing)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
For the Icing:
  • 4 cups (1-1 pound box) powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 5 teaspoons lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut oil, sugar, and flaked coconut in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse a few times until coconut is ground and mixture feels like sand.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.
  3. Divide dough into two pieces. Flatten into disks and roll each disk about ½-1/4 inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 375°F.
  5. Cut dough into shapes and place an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-roll.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until dry in the middle. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the Icing:
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low just until comes together then increase speed to high until smooth.

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Friends Who Fete: How to Throw a Stress-Free Holiday Party

November 27, 2017
How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

The wonderful thing about the holidays is getting together with friends and family for Christmas dinner, a tamalada, Hanukkah, or my personal favorite–no reason at all. The holiday season allows us to gather at the drop of a hat, simply because. The downside of all this merry-making is it can be stressful if you find yourself with a houseful of guests and an empty fridge. But it doesn’t have to be that way, the Friends Who Fete crew are here to help!

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

As we do every so often, Meg from This Mess Is Ours, Aida from Salt and Wind and I gather together to throw a party, document every part of it, and share it with you so you can do the same thing with your friends! This time around we were also lucky enough to have Dennise from Le Petit Eats join us and we wanted to give you the tools you need to throw an elegant, but easy, party that can come together in an afternoon with the help of some store-bought ingredients, a few simple florals, and some items we’re pretty sure you already have in your pantry. We wanted to show you how to throw a stress-free holiday party.

Setting The Mood

Chances are you already have your Christmas tree lit and decorated and maybe a wreath or garland to brighten up the house, so you really need little more to make your place party ready. We picked up some greenery from the grocery store and placed a few flameless pillar candles on the table and bar to set the mood (check out how Meg created a festive holiday table centerpiece). A few strands of battery-powered string lights give the party a nice glow and look beautiful tucked inside mason jars or other containers.

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

The Bar

If you have the space, a bar cart or separate table away from the kitchen or food is ideal. This spreads everyone out and gets your guests mixing their own drinks. You know having a signature cocktail for the evening makes your life easier, this Cranberry Dark and Stormy that Meg whipped up is so good it will soon become your signature cocktail of the holiday season.

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

It is also nice to offer a non-alcoholic drink and we teamed up with Torani Syrup to create a Handcrafted Soda Bar that can go either way. With all their holiday-themed syrup flavors the options are virtually endless. Aida created an Eggnog Italian Soda, using the Torani Italian Eggnog Syrup and a Spiced Cranberry Cinnamon Italian Soda, using the Torani Cinnamon Syrup, that are delicious with or without alcohol.

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

The Menu

We opted to go with a app-heavy cocktail party instead of a sit down dinner. It’s a low maintenece (and easier clean up) way to entertain. Our menu focused on using high-quality store-bought ingredients, plus pantry staples to create recipes that can either be made in advance and have on-hand or made in under an hour.

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

The Plan

The idea behind this party is that you should be able to throw it at the drop of a hat because you will have already have your cupboards and freezer stocked with a few essentials. Here are the things you should have on hand:

Tableware

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

Food/Drink

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

How To Prep

The next step is to go shopping for the perishable items to round out the menu and pick up some flowers for decorating, then head to the kitchen and get prepping.

Up to 3 days in advance:

  • Butternut Squash Hummus

Night Before:

  • Fry the sage
  • Make the sauces for the meatballs
  • Bake the cupcakes
  • Make the hot honey and balsamic glaze
  • Arrange flowers
  • Set up bar
  • Set up buffet

An Hour Before

  • Bake Tartlets
  • Wrap Persimmons
  • Bake Brazi Bites
  • Arrange Cheese Board
  • Warm sauces for meatballs

As Guests Arrive

  • Bake meatballs and toss in sauce
  • Set food out on buffet

We hope this party inspires you to entertain and if it still seems too daunting, do what we did and invite friends over to help or instead of making the whole menu yourself share the duties among a few of your guests. Most importantly, have fun and we wish you a very happy holidays!

How to throw a stress-free holiday party that can come together in an afternoon with a full menu, drinks, and decorating ideas for a last-minute party!

A big THANK YOU to This Mess Is Ours and Salt & Wind for all the photography!

Friends Who Fete are three gals (¡Hola! Jalapeño, Salt & Wind, and This Mess Is Ours) who love to throw parties big and small. Every season we do something new–find them all here!

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Apps, Dairy Free, Recipes

Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs

November 27, 2017
Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs make the easiest party appetizer, just spruce up store-bought meatballs with a sweet and spicy mango habanero sauce.

In my pre-dinner repertoire meatballs play a very small role. I often forget about their sweet, spicy, hearty existence in favor of some dip or salsa or hunk of delicious cheese. It’s strange that that they go forgotten, especially when I think about every Christmas party I attended as a child and remember the bubbling crockpot of meatballs at the center of the buffet table. They were the centerpiece and with good reason; in a sea of less filling options the meatballs were the main course, so to speak, at every cocktail party.

Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs make the easiest party appetizer, just spruce up store-bought meatballs with a sweet and spicy mango habanero sauce.

For our Friends Who Fete Holiday Party I made cocktail meatballs in the easiest way I knew how—without having to even make the meatballs in the first place. The idea for our party was to throw one that was absolutely doable, even at the last minute, therefore I went on the hunt for the BEST frozen meatballs I could find.

Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs make the easiest party appetizer, just spruce up store-bought meatballs with a sweet and spicy mango habanero sauce.

After dedicated research, my favorite meatballs were the Nature’s Ranch Angus Beef Meatballs from Whole Food’s. They had dense, meaty texture and rich flavor without too much overpowering seasoning, allowing me to slather them in any sauce I please.

Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs make the easiest party appetizer, just spruce up store-bought meatballs with a sweet and spicy mango habanero sauce.

These mango habanero cocktail meatballs are made with a very simple sauce that uses another one of my favorite store-bought products, Mrs. G’s Mango Ginger Habanero Jelly. This jelly, made and sourced in Southern California, has a telltale kick from the chiles but isn’t so overpowering that you can’t taste the mango or ginger, all ingredients come through clearly. In Southern California you can find this jelly in many grocery stores like Whole Food’s but you can also order it online. If you can’t find this particular habanero jelly, any brand of spicy jelly will do.

Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs
 
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Total time
 
Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs make the easiest party appetizer, just spruce up store-bought meatballs with a sweet and spicy mango habanero sauce.
Author:
Serves: 8 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 6 ounces frozen mini meatballs
  • 8 ounces habanero jelly
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mango juice
Instructions
  1. Bake meatballs according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Toss hot meatballs in sauce and serve.
Notes
Serve meatballs in a slow cooker to keep warm.

A big THANK YOU to This Mess Is Ours and Salt & Wind for all the photography!

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Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs

November 27, 2017
These Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs make a stunningly simple party appetizer with just three ingredients, they are made as fast as they disappear.

As far as store-bought, frozen meatballs go, there is a big difference between the good and the bad. Too often frozen meatballs are spongy, flavorless orbs with very little similarity to their homemade cousins and I should know because I tried just about every brand at my local grocery stores to find the very best one.

These Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs make a stunningly simple party appetizer with just three ingredients, they are made as fast as they disappear.

When us Friends Who Fete gals decided to throw a holiday party we decided to make it as easy as possible to replicate because if there is a time of year when we all wind up having people over it is now, and we wanted to give you the tools to do it as effortlessly as possible.

These Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs make a stunningly simple party appetizer with just three ingredients, they are made as fast as they disappear.

We came up with a menu that spruced up our favorite store-bought ingredients for a last-minute celebration you can pull together in an afternoon and my assignment: meatballs. I came up with two different sauce recipes, honey-chipotle and mango-habanero, both requiring little more than a turn in a bowl.

These Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs make a stunningly simple party appetizer with just three ingredients, they are made as fast as they disappear.

So what are your favorite purchased meatballs you ask? Well, after trying waaayyyy too many, my favorites were Nature’s Ranch Angus Beef Meatballs from Whole Food’s. They have great meaty texture and rich, beef-forward flavor that isn’t bogged down with too many seasoning allowing me to bathe them in whatever sauce I choose.

This is such a simple recipe that I hope you will also consider it for busy weeknight meals as well. Served with steamed rice and some veg I can see these meatballs taking center stage on a snowy December night.

Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
These Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs make a stunningly simple party appetizer with just three ingredients, they are made as fast as they disappear.
Author:
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 6 ounces frozen mini meatballs
  • 1 (7.76 ounce) can chipotle sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Bake meatballs according to package instructions
  2. Mix chipotle sauce and honey together in a large bowl.
  3. Add hot meatballs to sauce and stir to coat, serve immediately.
Notes
Serve meatballs in a slow cooker to keep warm.

A big THANK YOU to This Mess Is Ours and Salt & Wind for all the photography!

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