Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Recipes from Fonda San Miguel

Austin locals know the restaurant Fonda San Miguel as a great place to gather with families for a special occasion. Its Sunday brunch is legendary. As one of the Southwest's top restaurants, not only is the food top quality, its ambiance and art transport patrons to
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a romantic hacienda in Mexico.

When the Fonda San Miguel cookbook was first published in 2005, it was an instant hit and won awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Independent Publishers Association. Fonda San Miguel: Forty Years of Food and Art is now updated and reissued with a lavish compilation of recipes and art from one of America’s premier restaurants serving interior Mexican cuisine.

To celebrate, we've pulled a few recipes from the book for Thanksgiving week. Feast well!

We've partnered with BookPeople and
 Edible Austin for a talk with restauranteur and author Tom Gilliland on Thursday, December 8th at 7pm. He'll speak about the book and there will be some bites to taste along with his talk. Don't miss it!

From Fonda San Miguel: Forty Years of Food and Art

Spicy Red Snapper Bloody Mary—or María

This is your spicy Bloody Mary but with a fun twist. You can make it with your choice of gin, vodka, tequila, or mezcal.

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato juice (the best you can get)
  • 2 ounces gin, vodka, tequila, or mezcal
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons bottled hot pepper sauce (Salsa Valentina)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon brine from a jar of olives
  • 1 pinch hot chili powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon prepared or freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 celery stalk with leaves (from the heart of the celery)
  • 1 small dill pickle
  • 2 stuffed green olives
  • 1 freshly cut lemon wedge

Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour in all liquid ingredients and season with all the rest. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty.

Pour all contents, including ice, into a 12-ounce highball glass. Before serving, garnish with celery, pickle, olive, and lemon wedge. Serves 1.

Higaditos con Higos Y Jalapeños
Chicken Livers with Figs and Jalepeños

This may sound like a strange combination, but the sweet/sour/spicy joining of figs, onions, jalapeño, and vinegar is a perfect foil for the livers and their savory richness. These are great served with cocktails.
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced 
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, chopped 
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken livers, trimmed of sinew 
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 
  • 4 ripe figs, stems removed and halved 
  • 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup fl at leaf parsley, roughly chopped 
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

Melt half the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions, jalapeño, and a pinch of salt. Cook over gentle heat for 20 minutes, until the onion is soft and starting to brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Thoroughly pat dry the chicken livers on paper towels. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the remaining butter to the frying pan and, once it foams, add the livers. Fry over medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Cook in batches if needed. Set aside with the onions.

Turn the heat to medium-low. Sprinkle the sugar over the pan and add the figs, cut side down. Cook for about 1 minute, until the cut side starts to bubble and brown; turn over. Add the vinegar and bubble for a few seconds, until syrupy. Return the onions and livers to the pan. Correct the seasonings and stir together.

Spoon the fig and liver mixture over the toast. Splash with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley and lemon zest before serving. Serves 4.

Budín de Elotef (Corn Pudding)

This delicate soufflé-like dish, the Mexican counterpart to the spoon bread of the American South, is invariably the most popular dish on the Hacienda Sunday Brunch Buffet. It is especially good served with grilled meats, ham, or turkey in mole.

  • 2 pounds frozen corn kernels, thawed 
  • Whole milk as needed (about 1 cup) 
  • 6 eggs, separated 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Chihuahua, Monterey Jack, or cheddar cheese 
  • 1 poblano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch strips C 
  • Half of a red bell pepper, cut into strips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and set aside. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the corn with only enough milk to make a smooth puree, not to exceed 1 cup. With the machine running, add egg yolks, one at a time, and process 30 seconds after each addition; next, add the sugar a little at a time and continue processing until mixture is lighter in color and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add butter and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder; fold into corn mixture. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into corn mixture, alternating with the shredded cheese. Pour into the prepared baking dish and garnish with strips of chile and red bell pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8 or more.

Chilaquiles de GuajolotefTortilla Casserole with Turkey

This tortilla casserole is a great holiday dish to prepare when you want to use up leftovers. Miguel uses shredded leftover turkey as well as whatever vegetables remain from the holiday feast. It is a reliable dish for brunches or luncheons, paired with a seasonal salad. The tangy tomatillo sauce in this dish can also be used in recipes for other chilaquiles as well as Enchiladas Verdes. Though often referred to as “green tomatoes,” tomatillos are members of the gooseberry family.

  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • 18 corn tortillas
  • 3 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chayote or other squash, thinly
  • sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups green beans, steamed and cut into
  • 1-inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 cups leftover turkey, shredded
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey
  • Jack or panela cheese
  • 6 cups Salsa de Tomatillo (see below)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Salsa de Tomatillo

Makes 5 to 6 cups.
  • 60 tomatillos, husked and rinsed (about 3 pounds)
  • 8 serrano chiles (seeded and deveined for a milder dish)
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Prepare the Salsa de Tomatillo. In a heavy, 6-quart, nonreactive saucepan over medium-high heat, combine tomatillos, chiles, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the tomatillos are tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 to 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Working in batches, combine tomatillos, chiles, reserved cooking liquid, garlic, and cilantro in a blender and blend to a smooth puree. In a heavy, 12-inch, deepsided skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and cook the tomatillo mixture for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add salt to taste.

Prepare the casserole. In a heavy, 10-inch skillet, heat 3/4 cup of the corn oil over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Using tongs, submerge the tortillas, one at a time, in the hot oil for about 10 seconds (the tortillas should remain pliable). Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Lightly oil a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and set aside. In a heavy, 12-inch, nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add both kinds of squash and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add the corn and green beans and cook until just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange 6 of the softened tortillas in the prepared baking dish, overlapping the edges. Cover with half of the shredded turkey, half of the vegetable mixture, 1 cup of the cheese, 1 cup of the the layering process with 6 additional tortillas, the remaining turkey, vegetable mixture, and cheese, 1 cup of the Salsa de Tomatillo, and 3/4 cup of the sour cream. Top with the remaining 6 tortillas. Drizzle with 1 cup of the Salsa de Tomatillo, cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes, or until heated through.

During the last few minutes of the cooking time, heat the remaining 3 cups Salsa de Tomatillo over low heat and keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup sour cream and the milk; drizzle over the hot casserole when it comes out of the oven. Serve the hot casserole with hot Salsa de Tomatillo on the side. Serves 8.


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