Saturday, April 13, 2019

#Complete Mexican Meal by Denise Swanson

Last February my husband and I took a cruise in the Western Caribbean. One of the stops was Cozumel, Mexico where we had an opportunity to take a cooking class with a master chef. He taught us to make a three course meal and then was generous enough to give me permission to share his recipes.

Spicy Shrimp Sopes
7 oz corn meal
7 oz flour
16-20 medium sized shelled shrimp
1 cup tomato puree
1 small can chipotle peppers
Shredded lettuce
Cheese crumbles
1 TBSP heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Place corn meal, flour, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add water until it is the consistency of Play Doh. Roll into four balls. 

Use tortilla press to flatten into a circle (not to thin)

Pour olive oil into a hot pan, then over low heat brown on each side. Remove from pan and pinch into a shallow bowl. 

In the same pan sauté the shrimp just until they turn pink. Blend chipotle peppers until the consistency of sauce and add to pan, along with the tomato puree. Add cream and a pinch of salt. Stir until heated through.
Place shrimp in sope bowl and add lettuce and cheese to taste.

Fish and Veggies with Tamarind Sauce
4 grouper filets
1 Tomato chopped
1 Onion chopped
1 small Zucchini chopped
1 Green pepper chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 cup tamarind sauce
1 TBSP chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Put a tablespoon (or more) oil into a hot pan. Salt and pepper the fish filets, then sear on each side.  Remove from pan and place fish filets in a large square of foil. 

Add another tablespoon of oil to the hot pan and sauté vegetables. Remove from pan and place cooked veggies on top of fish.

Pour tamarind sauce into hot pan and add chili powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over fish and veggies. Close foil like an envelope and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Serve over white rice.

Caramelized Plantains with Chocolate Tequila Sauce
4 plantains
1.8 oz of butter
3.5 oz of sugar
1 oz cinnamon
5.3 oz of dark chocolate chunks
1/4 cup milk
4 TBSP tequila

Slice plantains in half lengthwise. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on the flat side. 

Melt butter in a warm pan, add plantains flat side down. Cook 30 seconds, then flip and cook an additional minute. Remove from pan and place flat side up on a small plate.

In same pan add milk and chocolate. Cook until chocolate is melted. Add tequila, then pour over plantains.



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  1. This looks like such fun Denise--and what a wonderful dinner!

  2. It must have been great fun to take that class. You’re right, it was generous of the chef to allow that the recipes be shared. Can you point me in the right direction to purchase tamarind sauce?

    1. I haven't looked for it in the states. I bought a bottle in Mexico, but I would think if your grocery store has an international aisle they might have it.

  3. I bet I could make that fish. It looks very good. Not sure where to find the tamarind sauce. We have a very popular restaurant in town that makes interior Mexican food. So good. Thanks for sharing.