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Mexican Style Turkey Breast with Ancho Chili

November 18, 2018

Compound Butter

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Zest of one orange
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the butter with orange and lemon zest, garlic and salt.

 

 

Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon acho chili powder

Mix all the spices together and set aside.

  • ½ cup chili barbecue sauce
  • 1 7 to 10 pound turkey breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 orange, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into eight pieces
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Have your gravy ready either the day before or the morning of. Transfer it to a large saucepan and keep aside.

Preheat convection oven to 325 degreed F.

Place the turkey onto a rack in a roasting pan. Turn the turkey over and place the cut up orange and lemon inside the cavity. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally and turn it breast side facing up. Loosen the skin and carefully spread half the compound butter. Spread the rest all over the skin. Sprinkle the spice rub all over the top. Pour the broth to the bottom of the roasting pan. Keep aside.

With a brush add the chili barbecue sauce (recipe below) all over the turkey. Roast the turkey glazing every 15 minutes. Roast till internal temperature reaches 158 to 160 degrees F. Take out of the oven and place onto a platter and cover with foil to rest for at least 20 minutes. While the turkey is resting, take the drippings from the bottom of the pan and pour them into a small glass bowl. Let the fat separate, remove from top and pour the liquid into the prepared gravy and bring to a boil. Check for seasonings and heat the gravy through. Serve with the turkey.

Chili Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 dried ancho chilies, stems and seeds discarded and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 14 ounces can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice and zest of 3 clementines
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a medium saucepan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ancho chilies, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, zest, juice and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer on a low flame for about 20 minutes. Take off heat and transfer to a blender and blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Check for seasonings and take out into a small bowl.

 

 

Mango Tomato Salsa

January 17, 2017

I made this with yesterdays fajitas and since it was made in the summer- I used mangos and nectarines. Mangos are still available although they are not as yummy as they are in the summer. You can substitute pineapple for mango and apple for the nectarine… so good!

  • 1 large mango, chopped
  • 1 large nectarine, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the ingredients and let the salsa sit for an hour before serving.

 

Quick Pork Tacos with Poblano and Pineapple Salsa and Avocado Crema

August 8, 2016

OMG, I am so excited about this recipe- this screams summer to me!! I love using Latin/Mexican ingredients in the summer… so good and delicious… this is perfect for through the week or to entertain with…

  • 1 to 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cleaned and excess fat cut off and cut into 1 inch squares
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo and some sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Blend the peppers, honey, lemon juice, oil and salt together and marinate the pork pieces in the mixture for at least 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a grill pan with the oil and cook the pork pieces on a high heat till they are golden brown and just cooked through- about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep warm.

Salsa

  • 1 cup pineapple, sliced
  • 1 poblano pepper, cut in half
  • 1 onion, cut in half with skin on
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Juice of a lime

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Transfer the vegetables to a lined cookie sheet and drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Mix well and roast in oven for about 20 minutes till the vegetables are soft. Take out and let cool. Take the skin off the poblano pepper and chop all the vegetables. Place in a bowl and add lime juice and more salt if needed. Set aside.

Avocado Crema

  • 1 avocado, cut in half
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Juice on one lime
  • Salt

Transfer all the ingredients to a blender. Blend till a smooth consistency is achieved.

Serve the pork on warmed corn tortillas topped with the salsa and the crema!

 

Quick Vegetarian Refried Beans

March 31, 2010

Vegetarian Refried Beans

This is a quick, healthy side dish I came up with while I was cooking the rest of the meal for my friends. I had the enchiladas and rice. I was serving homemade salsa and guacamole with chips before dinner but something was still bothering me. I felt I didn’t have a balanced meal as yet. That is when beans came to mind.

As I started looking for recipe ideas for the refried beans, I realized most recipes called for frying the beans in pork fat or bacon. Normally I would add pancetta or bacon to the mix because as far as I am concerned, everything is better with bacon- but in this case I needed to make the dish vegetarian.

I started by cooking canned pinto beans in water and mashing them but left still them a bit chunky. As I was sauteing them with the onions and garlic, I kept thinking of a flavoring that would mimic the smokey flavor of bacon. Smoked paprika came to mind. That’s it- I thought. It was delicious paired with the creamy pinto beans, the onions and the garlic. In fact I would make this dish the same way again- why add extra calories with the bacon when I can achieve a similar flavor with the paprika?

I topped the dish with cilantro and queso fresco and the meal was well balanced, healthy and delicious!

Try these refried beans and you will never use the canned ones again!
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