Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Authentic Mexican Cooking - Delicious Traditional Recipes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Authentic Mexican Cooking - Delicious Traditional Recipes

If we could get away with it, my family would have Mexican dishes every night of the week. I am not talking about nasty fast food Mexican either. We like the real deal, and often travel a few towns over to get authentic Mexican dishes. Dining out is a special treat, something that we only get to indulge in every so often, so I am always on the lookout for recipes of our favorite meals that we can recreate at home.

I am a cookbook hoarder, and when I learned about a new cookbook called Authentic Mexican Cooking by Scott Myers and Gabriele Gugetzer, I knew it was a must to add to my collection.


Authentic Mexican Cooking (June 2014) makes it easy to cook a flavorful Mexican meal, complete with appetizers, cocktails, and dessert. Authors Scott Myers and Gabriele Gugetzer have included a history of Mexican culinary influence, information on the regional cuisines of Mexico, anecdotes on Myers’s Munich restaurant, gorgeous food photography, and, most importantly, the ever-elusive recipe for perfect guacamole. With ideas for vinaigrettes, soups, salads, and meat and seafood entrĂ©es, as well as valuable tips about typical ingredients, Authentic Mexican Cooking will turn every meal into a fiesta

 
When you first open the book, you will find a few sections that have some interesting trivia bits, like the origins of fusion cooking, regional cuisines of Mexico, and powerful women in the kitchen. There is also a section on basic cooking instructions, like browning vegetables, preparing chilies, and the perfect guacamole! 

Then we get into the recipes. What I love about the book is there is a section for all courses. Appetizers, beverages, grilled dishes, classic dishes, fish, and wrapped up with dessert recipes. The book is filled with lovely pictures of the dishes as well.



Looking over each recipe, I was pleased that none of them were too complicated to make, and they all had easy to find ingredients at the grocery store. A few recipes really caught my eye, and we ended up making 2 of them for dinner tonight. The Taquitos With A Cheese Filling, and Spritz Cookies (churros).

taquito

 
Taquito Recipe (4 servings)

Ingredients:

12 small cornmeal tortillas
1 cup vegetable oil for deep frying
2/3 lb boiled chicken meat
1/4 lb Gouda cheese
1/8 lb Feta cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper
toothpicks

Directions:

In a cast-iron skillet, gently roast the tortillas in vegetable oil on both sides very quickly. Let them dry on a kitchen towel or paper towel. They should still be relatively soft, so that they can still roll well.

Pick apart the chicken meat into pieces, crumble the cheese or finely grate, and mix the two together. Salt and pepper as desired.

Spread the filling on the tortillas, roll, and pin up the borders with toothpicks, so that the filling cannot fall out.

Heat the vegetable oil once more in the pan. Deep fry the rolled tortillas quickly while constantly turning until they are golden-brown and crispy.

Churro


Spritz Cookie/Churro Recipe (makes 12)

1/2 cup sugar
1 pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
5 eggs
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
salt

Directions:

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a plate.

Boil the butter, brown sugar, some salt, and the vanilla extract with 1 cup water in a pot.

First, carefully fold in the flour with the blended butter mix with a hand mixer and then quickly work in the flour until it forms a dough ball. Pull the pot immediately from the stove.

Carefully stir the eggs in thoroughly, one by one.

Heat up the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or in an appropriate sized pot. Either measure the temperature with a sugar thermometer (it should reach 360 degrees F/182 degrees C), or plunge the handle end of a wooden spoon into the pre-heated oil. If bubbles form around the handle, the oil is hot enough to start frying.

In serving-sized portions, fill the dough in a piping bag with a gagged medium-sized nozzle. Push out three to four strips, each about 6 inches long, from the piping bag into the hot oil. Turn them after two minutes, then they will be somewhat browned. If they are too light in color, they will quickly turn soft when removing them from the pot.

Immediately toss the fried churros into the cinnamon-sugar mix and serve hot.


More about the book:

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published by Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN Number- 1-62873-758-1
MSPR- $17.95 (Kindle Edition $9.99)

Authentic Mexican Cooking, 80 Delicious, Traditional Recipes for Tacos, Burritos, Tamales, and Much More was released in June, 2014. It is now available to purchase at Amazon and most major retailers.


 *Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.



21 comments:

  1. Chris and I are obsessed with Mexican food, but we can't really get GOOD Mexican around here. I think I need a copy of this so I can make it myself!

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  2. Never have been a fan of Mexican food, my taste buds run from it

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  3. I did make churros a couple of times before... but Dezzy, even though a cakebaker, prefers savoury dishes :)

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  4. We like Mexican to. Actually we like Mexico one night, Chinese another, Ethiopian the next. That's how we roll. Variety is the spice of life in the Apel house. The food you have pictured looks great!

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  5. We are Mexican-food obsessed and my husband is particular to authentic recipes. I'm going to check this out!

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  6. Yummy this looks so good and I like it's traditional Mexican cooking.

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  7. I love churro and always would buy them from the Mexican vendor on 34th street at the Manhattan Mall. Now I can make my own. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  8. I love churros-actually I love most Mexican dishes. Because I am single I really do not cook for myself or I would definitely get this cookbook. Luckily for me there are a couple of really good Mexican Restaurants around where I live when I start getting urges that won't quit!

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  9. Being a vegetarian and somebody who doesn't go much outside of American/European food, I've actually never had Hispanic cooking.

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  10. WOW! This is definitely no Taco Bell! Looks delish! And VERY authentic, for sure!

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  11. YUM YUM and YUM! My whole family likes Mexican food, we have it at least a couple of times a week.

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  12. Oh Theresa! MyGOSH, I am so out of the loop. I just have to start where I am and let the by-gones be just that. Thanks for saying that your Dad's head was fuzzy. I don't know what to do with my hair or lack there of. I look yellow and rather pasty these days, so no photo shoots for me for a while, that's for dang sure. On IG when I am holding my youngest grandson, you can barely tell there is a different cast of color on my skin compared to his and it is nasty. (now don't go look, - well ok - look cuz I mentioned, I guess. hahahhaha.

    Thanks for your constant friendship, I don't know where I'd be with out you!! ♥

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  13. Awe it's 10:30PM here and I really want a churro! I pinned it and maybe I will have them for breakfast! Is that wrong?

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    1. It is NEVER wrong to have churros for breakfast. If anyone tells you differently, get rid of them. You don't need that kind of negativity :)

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  14. I don't think I've ever had Mexican food. Must try!

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  15. I so need this book, I could eat mexican every day of the week!

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  16. Great cookbook. I love Mexican food, especially proper beans :)

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  17. I bet my husband would love it if I got that cookbook. Haha. He's definitely more into Mexican food than Elliott or me, but we all enjoy a few things. Burritos, tacos, and quesadillas are my go to Mexican dishes, but I occasionally make something else.

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  18. How fun! We like Mexican food here, but we rarely make it ourselves (outside of the box kits we make every now and then). I think it would be awesome to have this cookbook to make our own from scratch!

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  19. Oh yum... I do love mexican, but really never cook it much myself. We have a restaurant near us.

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