It’s final, we would be having our noche buena with Mexican cuisine. My esposo wants it that way, so that it would be different from typical Christmas menu. But here is my dillema, i only know how to “eat” mexican cuisine but cooking, hhmmmm….?
I googled Mexican dishes and found out several hits, wikipedia describes Mexican cuisine as “is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices.” With some friends coming over, want to impress them with the taste and presentation as well. Here’s what I’m planning to cook for the special evening:
1. Quesadilla – (one of my favorites)
“A quesadilla (IPA [kesa’ði?a], usually anglicized as [?ke?s?’di?j?]) is a fast-food item in Mexican cuisine, which involves cooking ingredients, most importantly cheese, inside a corn or wheat tortilla or a wrapping of masa (cornmeal dough). ” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quesadilla)
2. Chicken Burritos – (one of my faves too)
“A burrito (IPA: /b??ri?to/), or taco de harina (IPA: /?t??ko d? h??ri?n?/), is a type of food found in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. It consists of a flour tortilla wrapped or folded around a filling. The flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable. In Mexico, refried beans, Spanish rice, or meat are usually the only fillings and the tortilla is smaller in size. In the United States, however, fillings generally include a combination of ingredients such as Spanish rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, meat, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream, and the size varies, with some burritos considerably larger than their Mexican counterparts.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burritos)
3. Tacos – (yup, one of my fave too)
A taco (IPA: /?t??ko/) is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a maize or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. The fact that a taco can be filled with practically any meat, fish, shellfish, vegetable, and cheese allows for its great versatility and variety. A taco is generally eaten out of hand, without the aid of utensils, and is often accompanied by a garnish such as salsa and often vegetables such as cilantro, onion, cabbage, tomato, or lettuce. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacos)
4. Mexican Pizza (hmmmm…)
“Mexican pizza is a pizza-like dish made with ingredients typical of Mexican cuisine. The Mexican pizza is not Mexican in origin, but is actually regionally modified cuisine.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_pizza)
I’m still thinking of adding the traditional ham and roasted chicken. And I can’t wait for me to prepare all of this food. I just hope that my family and our guest would love it. Merry Christmas to all of you.