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The warmer months are upon us. Well, at least they're supposed to be - but we cranky sleet-enduring New Yorkers digress.
That means it's time to fire up those grills - and we've got Akhtar Nawab, the executive chef of La Esquina restaurant in New York City, helping tend the flame.
Five Favorite Dishes for a Mexican-Inspired Outdoor Party: Akhtar Nawab
1. Grilled shellfish with Mexican chorizo, olives, peppers, and oregano
"I love all grilled fish, particularly shellfish. When the shells start to roast on the grill, they pick up a very unique flavor and take on an intense aroma. The stewed sweet pepper, chorizo, briny olives and earthy oregano together add a very special elegance for a really pleasant dish.
Tip: Make sure to keep the shellfish liquor in the shell when transferring from the grill to the pot with the chorizo. Let everything cook together until the flavors start to combine in an intense stew. Serve with fried tortillas for a great lunch."
2. Bone-in carne asada with a Mexican “dry rub”
"This is a dish we offer at La Esquina. It’s great to make at home, as it’s so simple and tasty to grill for parties or a family dinner outdoors. Really splurge and get a good quality dry-aged bone-in sirloin.
The dry rub also has a lot of uses outside of this dish, great for roasted chicken or hearty fishes as well. In our dry rub, we use Mexican oregano, black pepper, cumin, coriander seed, onion powder and garlic powder. Toast everything in a pan until aromatic, allow to cool and grind in a spice grinder. Be sure to store in a cool dry place.
Tip: When buying the sirloin, ask the butcher to cut the steaks at least one-inch thick so the meat can spend some time on the grill charring before it reaches medium rare. This will help to avoid overcooking."
3. Elotes callajeros (grilled corn) with lime mayonnaise, cotija cheese and chile piquin
"A fun and different way to reinvent corn on the grill. This is the perfect dish for a party - it’s simple to make and fun to eat.
Get the freshest corn you can, peel, and grill them until the kernels are slightly charred and start to pop. Use a thick wooden skewer to create a handle for eating. Brush with some lime mayonnaise, generously dust with cotija cheese and finish with a little fresh chile piquin.
Tip: For those looking for a little less spice, substitute chile powder for the chile piquin."
4. Grilled Hen of the woods mushrooms cooked with mojo de ajo, epazote, and Fresno chilies and cebollitas (green onions)
"Mushrooms are one of my favorite things, especially hen of the woods. Like the corn, this is also a tasty, simple side dish which will go well with everything.
Carefully break the mushrooms into large pieces, brush with the mojo de ajo and grill over medium heat. In a separate pan quickly sauté the sliced shallots and chilies. When the mushrooms are tender, add the peppers and onions and cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms are coated with the peppers and mojo de ajo.
Tip: The mojo, like the dry rub for the steak, is easy to make and has so many different uses, so take a little extra time and make a big batch! Great with shrimp and fish also.
To make, simply mince garlic in a food processor, add to a pot, cover with olive oil, fresh chilies (I like to use chile de arbol), and cook slowly. When the garlic starts to caramelize, add some lime juice and the minced herbs. Cool and use on anything and everything."
5. Grilled tomatillo and ajo (garlic) salsa
"This salsa also has multiple uses and can be a tasty and simple way to add flavor to any dish. Or, of course, a great snack to enjoy on its own!
Simply place the tomatillos, serrano chile, garlic, and onions on a hot spot of the grill and cook turning only when necessary. An easy way to make this salsa is to put everything in a blender and process for a few seconds. Season with salt.
Tip: Make certain to purchase small tomatillos so they won’t have to spend as long on the grill charring. This will help to contain their valuable juices."
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I love elote! even better – tacos al pastor con nopales – grilled cactus leaves – and El Milagro tortillas.. with Pacifico, tecate, or victoria beer. yum!
Pretty clear that when he's referring to a "bone-in dry-aged sirloin steak", he means a strip loin (also called shell steak or NY strip steak). Meat from the sirloin (rather than the loin) is not a common "restaurant steak;" it's of lesser quality and is not generally sold bone-in or dry aged.
for carne asada it is usually a chuck steack with bone in it , also known as 7-bone steak
Mmmm. Carne Asada
Yes, but he's talking about a high-end re-imagining of carne asada. I don't think it's even possible to buy 7 bone steak dry-aged.
Plus, you wouldn't be cooking chuck steak medium rare.
i really like grilled veggies, just not burned. you really have to watch the timing of the grilling so the veggies don't burn.
Yep, I have Hen-of-the-Woods jusr running out my arse. How about an ingredient that more than .0001% of amateur chefs can procure?
err, how bout chicken?
It doesn't matter what cuisine it is, so long as it doesn't use shmeat - Check out the most recent article on NoShmeat, by the way - brilliant!!!
That article is pretty funny! And so sadly true too... Prolly go over most ppl's heads :/
"Akhtar Nawab" is telling us how to prepare Mexican food?
Oh! BTW... Corona sucks big time! That's the worst beer in Mexico.
agree, bohemia is the best
Come on! Every time I hear "Mexican food" it turns out to be crap... come down to Mexico and try real mexican food for God's sake! Just don't come down here with big trucks and american plates. Viva Mexico Cabrones!
ESO CHINGON ASI SE ABLA VIVA MEXICOOOOOO
i love elotes!!...especially with a bit of butter on top of the mayo and cheese...yum!!!
The one treat I miss most from a long stay in Oaxaca is the Elote. If you try this recipe, don't forget squeezing on lime juice at the very end. No need for measurements for this recipe....the more of everything the better! You can just boil the corn if you don't want to go through the hassle of grilling, but I must say grilling would be tasty! This recipe is a taste bud explosion...the sweet, spicy, and sour. Don't be afraid to try it! Also – you can buy Oaxacan cheese from most major grocery stores and just shred it. It is white and mozzarella like.
I'd tap that.
How about a real recipe with like measured amounts of ingredients??????????
a real cook dont need recipes, figure it out at your taste
I'm going to have to try some of these this summer. I've made that exact salsa before but used the broiler to char everything so if you're stuck in an apartment that's a good option.
The only good kind of food.
Jdizzle, my brah, how are you?
Just fine, my mang.
These are fine items for someone on a diet.... I lost my appetite reading them. Glass of water please.
If this were authentic Mexican, you'd be advised not to drink the water
these are authentic mexican
Now I'm hungry!!!
:) For what, exactly? (:
Do you wait around, salivating at the thought of a new article so you can write "Interesting!"?
do you wait for the first person to post so you can post something negative to make yourself (and no one else) laugh
Well, as a matter of fact, we used to have this daily contest...
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