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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. 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.
2. Eating Cactus - Cholla Buds
The people of the Sonoran desert, for centuries, harvested from both cultivated crops and the wild. The spring desert bloom marked the time to harvest the delicate and delicious cholla cacti buds. Ciolim harvesting was nearly lost to the modern western diet, but it's making a tasty comeback.
3. Low-Carb and Sustainable Beans
An introduction to a lesser known marvel of an ancient bean, the tepary. Get to know this bean by way of a classic bean dish from Mexico's northern frontier. A dish known for its richness and generous use of dairy, "frijoles maneados".
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Pico de Gallo - Fresh Mexican Salsa
Fresh flavors and firm textures define this table condiment as one of Mexico's most common and versatile. It's earned a special place on tables throughout the nation and has universal appeal with a version for everyone. A hot food palate is not required to enjoy this salsa.
7. 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.
8. Wheat Flour Tortillas
A fundamental of the Mexican kitchen, the other tortilla, not corn but wheat flour. With its own history and flavor, sometimes it's the tortilla you crave.
9. Veracruz - Mole de Xico
Veracruz’s best known mole may not be as celebrated as those of other regions but it deserves a hearty accolade. Its flavours are nutty, rich and fruity – even steamy, lush and tropical – and the texture is thick and wonderfully jammy. It is not fast food but very manageable and worth the effort.
10. Mexican Cocktail - Michelada
Celebrate the change of seasons in September or Mexico's independence day with a classic Mexican cocktail. Instead of the ubiquitous margarita, introduce the savory michelada at your next event. It's also a cocktail equally delicious served in its non-alcoholic version and no fuss to make. ¡Salud!
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