the appetizer:

Mexican cuisine combines the traditional indigenous foods of the Aztecs and Mayas, like chocolate, corn, tomato, avocado, beans and chile peppers, with the meats, rice and garlic brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadores.

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Pickled Chiles and Vegetables

1/2 pound jalapeños
6 carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons salt
4 cloves garlic, peeled
4 peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2 whole cloves
8 small bay leaves
2 fresh sprigs of thyme
8 fresh sprigs of oregano
1/3 cup oil
2 large onions, cut into wedges
2 cups apple cider vinegar
6 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Remove the stems from the chiles, then cut each in quarters lengthwise. Remove seeds and place in a large bowl. Slice the carrots into 1/8-inch slices and add to the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and toss well. Let sit for 1 hour.

Place the garlic, peppercorns, cumin, cloves, 6 bay leaves, and the fresh herbs in a blender jar. Add 1/4 cup of water and purée mixture.. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the blended mixture and the onions. Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Strain the chiles and carrots and reserve the juice. Add the vegetables to the saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the reserved juice, vinegar, whole cloves, thyme, sugar, and remaining whole bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and store.


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This page modified January 2007