“The Works” Mexican Burger

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large avocado
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and pepper
1 (15 oz/470 g) can refried beans
6 1/2 oz (200 g) packet corn chips
1/2 head romaine (cos) lettuce, shredded
1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) prepared chunky-style salsa
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) sour cream
Fresh coriander (cilantro) sprigs
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) chili sauce

Burgers:
1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground (minced) chicken
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 green spring onions, chopped
2 1/2 cups (5 oz/155 g) stale bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to prepare

Heat the oil in frying pan, add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant.

Mash the avocado with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste – keep tightly covered.

Heat the refried beans in a saucepan or microwave on high (100%) for about 3 minutes.

BURGERS:

Combine chicken, coriander, cumin, salt, chili powder, garlic, green (spring) onions, 1 1/2 cups of the breadcrumbs and the egg in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 large flat patties, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Press the remaining cup of breadcrumbs onto the patties and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a large shallow frying pan and cook the burger patties over a medium-low heat until they are well browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes on each side).

Arrange the corn chips around the edge of the plates, pile the lettuce in the center. Top with a burger, then some of the beans, onions, salsa, avocado, sour cream and coriander (cilantro); drizzle with the sauce.

This recipe can be prepared a day ahead – reheat and assemble just before serving. The uncooked patties are suitable for freezing.

Stale breadcrumbs are made from 1-2 day-old bread – do not substitute dried packaged breadcrumbs. Stale breadcrumbs can be made in large quantities in the food processor and frozen in 1 cup bags for convenience.

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Jicama salsa

Ingredients

1 lb jicama, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp canola oil
dash freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt, optional
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

How to prepare

Place jicama, carrots, red pepper, onion, chiles, garlic and tomatoes in a large glass bowl. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients except cilantro. Pour over vegetables and toss lightly. Marinate several hours. Toss with cilantro and serve. Makes 12 cups.

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Tomatillo salsa

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green tomatillo
3 tbsp finely chopped sweet red onion
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
sugar to taste (optional)
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

How to prepare

Husk the tomatillos and wash them under very hot water. Cool under cold running water, and puree in food processor or blender. Add the onions, serrano chile, cilantro, and lime juice. Add a touch of sugar if the tomatillos are too sour add a little olive oil if you wish.

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Pollo al sale – chicken cooked in salt

Ingredients

3 lb chicken
1 clove garlic, unpeeled
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 lb coarse grained salt

How to prepare

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the garlic and rosemary in the cavity of the chicken. Use a terra cotta casserole. Make a 1″ layer of the salt in the bottom of the casserole. Place the chicken on the layer of salt. Pour the remaining salt over the chicken so that it is completely covered. Place the lid on the casserole. Place the casserole in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the casserole from the oven. Uncover. Let rest for several minutes. Use a wooden mallet to crack the solid white crust of salt. Remove the salt crust. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. The chicken should be golden and the skin should be crisp. Brush off any loose salt. Serve immediately. Yields 4 servings

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Thai fried noodles – pad thai

Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup small cooked shrimp
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
1-1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 eggs, beaten

3/4 lb (about 3 hanks) rice vermicelli (sen mee), soaked in hot water 15 minutes and drained
1 cup bean sprouts

garnish:
1 tbsp dried shrimp powder

2 tbsp peanuts, coarsely ground
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
2 limes, sliced into 1/8″ circles

How to prepare

Heat oil in a wok and fry garlic until golden. Quickly add shrimp, stir-fry until heated through. Add sugar, fish sauce and ketchup, stir until sugar dissolves. Add beaten eggs, letting them set slightly, then stir to scramble. Add noodles and toss and stir about 2 minutes. Reserving about 4 tbsp of bean sprouts, add remainder to the wok. Stir over heat until bean sprouts are barely cooked. Turn pad thai onto a platter, placing reserved, raw bean sprouts on one side. Sprinkle noodles with garnish ingredients in following order: shrimp powder, peanuts, chili flakes, green onions, coriander leaves. Ring platter with the lime slices and serve. 4 servings.

The fish sauce, rice noodles and shrimp powder should be available at southeast asian markets (in vietnamese markets fish sauce goes by the name nuoc nam, avoid the kind from the philippines).

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Posole

Ingredients

2 med onions, coarsely chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
1 med zucchini, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
2 cans (15 1/2 oz each) yellow hominy, drained
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheeses
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

How to prepare

Cook onions in a heavy lg skillet over med high heat 5 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Stirring frequently, add zucchini, garlic, chili powder, and cumin; cook about 5 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Reduce heat to med low. Add hominy, lime juice, salt, and pepper; stir until well blended. Continue cooking until hominy is heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and chopped cilantro. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve warm. Serves 12 note: you can add chopped chicken or chorizo if you want to add meat.

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Corn souffl

Ingredients

4 eggs
16 oz can creamed corn
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder

How to prepare

Beat the eggs lightly and stir in the corn, salt, pepper, melted butter, flour, sugar and milk. Mix well. Add the baking powder, mixing well. Spoon into a souffl

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Albondigas soup

Ingredients

6 tomatoes
2 qts beef broth
1/2 bell pepper, finely sliced
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork

1 egg
1 tsp oregano
3 sprg fresh mint
1/2 onion, chopped
1/3 cup raw long-grain white rice

How to prepare

For the broth: blanch, peel and seed tomatoes. Chop 3 of the seeded tomatoes and set aside. Crush the remaining tomatoes, add the peels, and simmer in the beef broth over a low flame. After 30 minutes, strain the tomato pulp and peels out of the broth. Add the bell pepper, onion, chile powder, and chopped tomatoes. For the meat balls: grind meat twice, or process until very fine. Whisk egg with herbs and onion then mix well into the meat. Soak rice in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and add to the meat and herb mixture. Shape into little balls smaller than a walnut, and drop into the boiling broth. Cover tightly and cook for 30 minutes. Note: if you load the broth with tiny meat balls, you won’t need an entree. Serves 6-8.

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Tortilla soup

Ingredients

1 cup minced onion
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 serrano peppers, seeds removed and minced
1/2 cup minced poblano pepper
2 cups chopped tomato pulp

1 quart rich chicken stock
4 dried chile rojos
1 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
2 day-old tortillas, cut into 1/2″ strips

1/4 cup crumbled fresh or farmer’s cheese
2 limes quartered coarse salt

How to prepare

Put the onion and oil in a kettle and put over a low flame. Cook and stir for a minute and add the garlic, serrano and poblano peppers. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the tomato pulp. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Let cook for an hour and divide among large bowls. Add the chiles rojos, avocados, tortilla strips and cheese. Serve piping hot with the limes on the side for further seasoning. Advise diners to leave dried chile in the soup until it has reached desired degree of spiciness. Servings: four.

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Pizza fondue

Ingredients

3/4 lb ground beef
1 sm chopped onion
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 (10 1/2 oz) pizza sauce
10 oz grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
12 english muffins

How to prepare

Brown ground beef and onion, drain mix cornstarch and seasoning in a bowl and add Pizza sauce add sauce mixture to meat and stir until thickens and bubbles pour into A fondue pot and simmer over low heat stir in cheese slowly slice and cut english Muffins into 1″ cubes place cubes on a cookie sheet and bake at 350

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