Monday, May 2, 2011

cinco de mayo

Cinco de Mayo is approaching! I don't know about you but Mexican dishes are one of my absolute faves. Anything with a plethora of cheese, meat and salsa is my type of food. Why not join in and celebrate the festivities this year with some easy-to-make Mexican treats? These are two of my favorite simple (and original) recipes, and they each require only a few minutes to whip up!

Guacamole Trio
(makes 3 cups)

6-8 ripe avocados, halved, core removed, scooped into large bowl
juice of 2 limes
1 large handful of cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
green Tabasco sauce to taste 
1/4 cup chopped pineapple, mango, or strawberries
3 slices of good quality bacon cooked, cooled, and broken into small pieces

Mash avocados in bowl and add the lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Mix to combine. 

Divide the guacamole into thirds and separate into serving bowls. In one bowl add the fruit, mix to combine and top with some additional fruit to garnish. In another bowl add the bacon, mix to combine and top with a few bacon pieces to garnish. Add a bit of cilantro to garnish the plain guacamole. Serve with tortilla chips. 

photo credit: Erin's blog

Prickly Pear Margaritas

3 ounces tequila blanco
1/2-ounce Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
2 ounces prickly pear syrup 
Kosher salt and turbinado sugar, for garnishing the glass
Kumquats and lime peels, for garnish

Combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and pear syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to incorporate. Wet the rim of a margarita glass and dip into salt and sugar mixture. Pour margarita into glass over ice. Garnish with a kumquat and a curled piece of lime peel.

photo credit: Melody's blog

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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