I’m laughing to myself as I write this because when I told my friend Fernanda (of chicken chilaquile fame) that I wanted to write a piece featuring recipes for Cinco de Mayo, she smirked and teased me a bit. There might have even been an eye roll. “Pffft …. Cinco de Mayo is an American holiday, Leah. It’s not even really celebrated in Mexico, because it isn’t our real Independence Day. It was only a teeny tiny battle against the French!” Well … okay, I was schooled in a little bit of Mexican history the day we made the chilaquiles. But this Saturday, plenty of Americans will be thinking all foods Mexican, and I’m here to help.
And when the real Mexican Independence Day rolls around on September 16th, I’ll recruit Fernanda to teach me a thing or two again. For now, here are some great recipes to have in your arsenal if you’re entertaining this weekend:
You can begin your party with these awesome Shrimp Quesadillas, but I have a few friends that even serve these as a weeknight main course. Look for sale Sendik’s Extra Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Azteca or LaBanderita Brand Flour Tortillas, limes, jalapenos and Daisy or Shurfresh Brand Sour Cream.
I went back and pulled up two different taco options – one to fit anyone with carnivorous tendencies, and another for any vegetarians you might need to feed. I happen to love both. Chili Rubbed Flank Steak Tacos are awesome party fare and also a favorite of No Thank You Boy (who you know by now is exceedingly difficult to please). Apart from entertaining, when I make these for a DamFam dinner, I nearly always make two steaks at once – the first night we have these tacos; the next I use leftovers for tostadas. Flank steak is not on sale in the current ad, but it’s a reasonably priced cut of beef that I don’t feel badly about splurging on every now and then. Sale ingredients for this recipe are Azteca or LaBanderita Flour Tortillas, Sargento or Shurfresh Shredded Cheeses, Sendik’s Homemade Salsa and limes.
Finally, these Poblano and Crimini Tacos are a simple, unique and grownup vegetarian main course. I absolutely love them, but I’ll tell you right now, my kids won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. I don’t fight them on it. Arguing over tacos is a battle not worth picking. Look for sale poblano peppers, roma tomatoes, Sendik’s Homemade Salsa and Sargento or Shurfresh Shredded Jack Cheeses. Corn tortillas would be preferred here; although they’re not on sale, they are one of the least expensive-regular priced items you could possibly find. If you’re not in to corn, swap in either of the sale flour tortillas (Azteca or La Banderita Brands).
Happy Cinco de Mayo — official Mexican holiday or not. Eat something delicious and wash it down with something good. : )Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | May 3rd, 2012