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 entrées, 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 Recipe (4 servings)
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
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.
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
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
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.
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