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Here are the top ten articles for the Mexican Food Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Masa Tamales - Basic Tamale Dough
Tamale recipes vary throughout Mexico, reflections of different regions and tastes, but the common point will be in the “masa” or dough. A fluffy and flavorful batter is essential to delicious tamales. As we enter tamale season, we have a primer on the substance of a tamale, the dough.
2. Turkey and Mole Sauce
Here's an origin story that goes with the legendary sauce "mole poblano," Mexico's culinary contribution to the world's great sauces. You many not have the opportunity to make a mole sauce from scratch, but a bit of improvising with a ready-made mole base provides a new life for turkey leftovers.
3. The Spanish Influence in Mexican Cuisine
The discovery of the Americas resulted in the dissemination throughout Europe of a multitude of hitherto unknown crops. But just as many Mexican foodstuffs crossed the Atlantic and were introduced to Europe, so too did non-American ingredients make their way back in the opposite direction.
4. Pumpkin Salad - Ensalada Cuaresmeña
This recipe is a dessert salad, but with a hearty frontier twist. The ingredients showcase the bounty of northern Mexico's autumn harvest delights, not the least of which is the cuaresmeña pumpkin or pumpkin Castilla.
5. Nopales - Cactus Paddles
Cooking with cactus may be daunting to cooks because of its prickly nature, but the leaves, or paddles, of the prickly pear cactus are an ancient food that still delivers loads of potential to cooks, it's versatile and delicious.This article offers the basics for cleaning and preparing nopales.
6. Queso Panela - Mexican Cheese
Mexico's cheeses are few but they are reliably delicious. Panela, a traditional fresh cheese made from cow's milk, tempts a cook's imagination with its ability to take-on flavors and hold its shape in heat. Consider turning to panela for a new twist to your kitchen repertoire.
7. Mexican Chicken Broth
Mexican food is based on layers of flavor. A basic flavor is the simple umami of homemade chicken broth, from a flavorful chicken. If making and freezing homemade stock isn't already part of your chicken routine, now is a good time to start with this super easy method.
8. Veracruz - Arroz a la Tumbada Recipe
The Spaniards brought rice – most likely from Europe or perhaps from Asia aboard the legendary Manila Galleons – and the rich coast of Veracruz provided the seafood for one of the state’s most renowned dishes: Arroz a la Tumbada, Tumbled Rice.
9. Basic Red Chile Sauce - Salsa Pasilla
A classic table condiment, this salsa is essential to any Mexican cook's repertoire. This recipe is not difficult to make and its ingredients are easily sourced. The result is versatile and offers the authentic and rich flavor of the pasilla chile, one of Mexico's most popular chiles.
10. Veracruz - El Torito Cocktail Recipe
Little Bull, the Jarochos’ favourite tipple, packs a powerful punch. Based on heady fire water and tinned milk, both evaporated and condensed, El Torito is sweet and sickly, yet deeply refreshing – let alone hopelessly moreish and a thirst quencher redolent of warm tropical climes!
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