Celebrating the cuisine of México with July's Spiced Pantry box! Yes, I know it's September. I'm still a little behind from the summer's busyness.
Spiced Pantry is a monthly food subscription box featuring a different cuisine each month. Every box includes four ingredients (custom spice blends, grains, legumes, etc), an information card introducing that month's cuisine and ingredients, and the recipes to make with them. Recipes usually serve 4-6 people so, if you are small household like mine, either expect leftovers or be prepared to halve the recipes.
Subscribers can chose between the standard or vegetarian plan. While I selected the standard plan, several of the meat-based recipes I've received include easy modifications to make them vegetarian, anyway. As with many subscription plans, it renews automatically every month until cancelled.
Ingredients in July's Spiced Pantry box:
- Al Pastor Spice Blend
- Ancho Chile Powder
- Dried Guajillo Chile
- Masa Harina
Recipes in July's Spiced Pantry box:
- Al Pastor Tacos (Tacos Al Pastor)
- Elote (Grilled Corn)
- Enchiladas Rojas
- (Bonus Recipe) Mexican Hot Chocolate
These enchiladas were quite a lot of fun to make! I did cheat and use the meat of a rotisserie chicken, rather than poach a pound of boneless breasts, and doubt anyone could have told the difference. The recipe came with a black bean option and, next time, I think I'd use a combination of beans and chicken for extra flavor and texture.
I'd never cooked with dried peppers before and the whole experience was very interesting. Happily, the recipe's instructions were clear and, by following them as written, I ended up with a sauce I was quite proud of. While the sauce tasted quite spicy licked from a spoon, the overall dish was only mildly spicy -- by which I mean we could feel a gentle bloom of heat at the back of our throats and a very slight tingling on the lips.
Al Pastor Tacos ("Tacos al pastor," goshdarnit)
(omit grilled pineapple because James will not eat, garnish with salsa fresca in produce section, & cilantro, serve with lime wedges)
I followed the recipe for "al pastor tacos" recipe exactly as written, using a bork butt I picked up from the meat market and letting it marinate overnight, and the tacos were quite tasty.