Quintana Roo Style Empanadas

Quintana Roo Style Empanadas

There is an ongoing debate in Mexico about whether a folded patty may be called quesadilla even if it has no cheese (queso) inside.  Mexico City dwellers say "yes", while pretty much the rest of the country says "no".  In Southern Mexico, patties are called empanadas, which means "with bread", and this recipe from the state of Quintana Roo really fits the bill, since wheat flour and baking powder are added to masa (corn dough) for a softer, fluffier, more "bread-like" patty.  Other unique features are the filling, traditionally seasoned shark meat called cazón, and the condiment, consisting of marinated onions and Habanero peppers, instead of bottled salsa. I am starting with nixtamalized corn flour (masa harina) since already-prepared masa is not available in my region in Canada, and instead of shark, I am using cod filets from frozen ... click on title for more

Quintana Roo Style Pork and Cabbage – Makum de repollo

Quintana Roo Style Pork and Cabbage – Makum de repollo

All the states in the Yucatan peninsula share common Mayan roots, so it is not surprising that their cuisines also share many traditional dishes, such as it is the case of Makum, a stew that is made with marinated meat, traditionally tightly wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a clay pot for long times. In the state of Yucatan, the most elementary ingredients for makum are fish and annatto sauce, but in the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo, a unique regional version is prepared with pork and cabbage ... click on title for more

Chico Zapote – Sapodilla Fruit (and a No-Churn Recipe for Sorbet)

Chico Zapote – Sapodilla Fruit (and a No-Churn Recipe for Sorbet)

Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) is a tropical tree originally from Southern Mexico, and parts of Central America. The fruit is considered a berry, about two inches (5 cm) in diameter, with one to six hard, dark seeds inside; when fully ripen, the taste is very sweet, unique and mild, perhaps a little like caramel. Sapodilla sorbet may be prepared in an ice cream maker, or as in this case, the fruit and other ingredients may be chilled beforehand, and then just finished in a blender ... click on title for more