I am putting on a pay for dinner party for some friends the beginning of next week. My cooking roots are mexican. I grew up in Ft. Worth Tx and lived in Austin for 10 years. Now I live in St. Louis and love introducing midwesterners to mexican flavors.
Below I've posted the menu I jave planned up to this point and was wondering if you guys had any feedback. I'm looking to add one course possibly a braise like a spin on Zarela Martinez' estofada de peurco con frutas. But there will be a number of vegetarians present and so I've come up with a few options for them that would appeal to both crowds, like the soup and like the appetizers (minus the totopos de vieira).
What could I add as a course?
What dessert should I do?
Here's the menu:
The White Mexican: Horchata, Kahlua, Rye Vodka
Mexican Greyhound: Ruby Red Grapefruit, Plata Tequila, Salt and Lime
Squash Blossom, Charred Poblano, Caramelized Onion, Salsa Verde, Queso Anejo
Cinnamon Black Beans, Salted and Spiced Tangerines, Pasilla Chile Puree, Queso Anejo
Totopos De Vieira: Pan Seared Scallop, Bacon Avocado Mousse, Pineapple Mignonette
Botanas de Jicama y Cacahuate: Jicama, Fried Peanuts, Grapefruit and Tangerine, Cilantro, Chile powder and Salt
House Made Totopos
Fogata: Charred Vegetable and Chile, Smoked Pasilla De Oaxaca
Salsa Verde: Tomatillo, Green Mango, Guajillo Chile
Salsa Mexicana: Beefsteak Tomato, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Onion, Garlic, Lime Charred Chilaca Chile
Toasted Chick Pea Soup: Tomato Mint Relish, Fried Green Tomato, Queso Anejo
Tacos al Pastor: Sous Vide Lamb Belly, Smoked Pineapple, Cilantro Shallot Gremolata
Tacos de Frutas y Verduras: Pickled Pan Fried Cauliflower, Blood Orange Cumin Ranch, Fennel and Chile Pico De Gallo
Mexican Ice Cream Sundae: Caramelized Banana, Avocado Ice Cream with Cajeta, Burnt Milk Ice Cream with Prickly Pear Syrup, Pimpo (Dent Corn Sugar Cookie)
Pan De Chocolate: Cinnamon Chile Buttercreme, Nata and Pecan Sorbet
Sorry for all of the explanations if you read this before I edited it. I had sent this to some folks I do some catering with and needed to explain some things.
Edited by G-rat, 14 June 2010 - 09:09 AM.