Monday, January 9, 2017

The Three Caballeros Dinner

I had some guava paste from a Try the World box that was about to expire, so we decided to do a dinner for The Three Caballeros.  Oddly enough, the food was way better than the movie!  

*Not that the movie is bad, the food was just really, really good!

For dinner we had Jose Carioca's Guava BBQ Chicken Wings, Ponchito's Sopa Azteca, Donald's Cheese and Quackers, Mock Margaritas, and for dessert, a Tres Leches Cake.

Jose Carioca's Guava BBQ Chicken Wings
I found this recipe for Guava BBQ sauce and changed it up for the crockpot. 

1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 of onions, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
10oz guava paste
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 cups of water
1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
Black Pepper

1. Heat oil over medium heat.
2. Saute onions until translucent.
3. Add garlic and cook for one minute.
4. Add remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to low and simmer for five minutes.
5. Add chicken wings to the crockpot and cover with the guava sauce.
6. Cook on low for six hours.  

Ponchito's Sopa Azteca
I got this recipe from the Mickey's Gourmet Cookbook.  It's a recipe that's used in the Mexico Pavillon in EPCOT where The Three Caballeros ride is!  It was excellent!

3 Tablespoons of olive oil, divided
1/2 of an onion, chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped and seeded
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 quart of chicken broth
2 teaspoons of dried dill
2 whole red chili peppers
4 soft corn tortillas
1 avocado, peeled and cubed
4 Tablespoons of sour cream
1/2 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

1.  Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large pot.
2. Saute onion, tomatoes, and garlic until tender (5ish minutes).
3. Add chicken broth and dill; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Remove seeds and stems from peppers and cut each lengthwise.
5. Cut the tortillas in strips and set aside.
6. Heat one tablespoon of oil and saute peppers for two minutes.
7. Remove the peppers and place tortilla strips in oil until golden brown.
8. Place peppers, tortilla strips, and avocado in bowls (see below)
9. Spoon hot broth into the bowls and garnish with sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese. 

Donald's Cheese and Quackers

Mock Margaritas
I made Mock Margaritas with Frozen Lemonade concentrate, Frozen Limeade concentrate, and Sprite. 

*It was a little tart for my liking. 

Tres Leches Cake 
I found the recipe here and boy, was that an excellent cake! 

Yellow Butter Flavored Cake Mix
5 Eggs
1/2 cup of milk
4oz of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of rum flavoring
3 teaspoons of vanilla
14oz of sweetened condensed milk
5oz of evaporated milk
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Pinch of salt
1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of water
1 Tablespoon of corn syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Add the cake mix to the KitchenAid mixer, milk, and add 2 eggs plus three yolks. (Set the egg whites aside) Mix until well blended on low.
3. Add cream cheese, sour cream, melted butter, rum flavoring, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.  Mix on medium speed until well-blended. 
4. Spread the batter into a pre-greased 9x13 inch cake pan and bake for 23 minutes. 
5. While the cake is baking, in a bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, evaporated milk, the heavy cream and a pinch of salt 
6. Once the cake is out of the oven, use a fork to poke holes all over the cake.
7. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the entire cake and tilt the pan around to distribute the liquid. 
8. Cover with saran wrap and chill for 3 hours. 
9. Place sugar, water, corn syrup, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for three minutes.
10. Once the sugar mixture gets to a boil,  place egg whites in a bowl of the electric mixer and attach the wire whisk and turn on high.
11. The egg whites should form stiff peaks.  
12. Slowly and carefully pour the syrup down the side of the mixing bowl into the egg whites. Continue to beat the meringue for 2 minutes longer.  Stir in remaining vanilla.
13. Cover cake with meringue topping. 

It was an awesome dinner!

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