Summer (Jul - Sept) 2024 COTM: Pati Jinich Quarter

This is the reporting thread for Pati Jinich Quarter. The books included in this selection are PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE, TREASURES OF THE MEXICAN TABLE, and MEXICAN TODAY.

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Adding her website

https://patijinich.com/

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Thanks, Saragama, for adding the website as an option. I do not have any of the books at present but enjoy Pati’s various tv shows and YouTube channels.

I made the Picadillo Empanadas linked here using ground pork which is one of the options mentioned in the recipe. I was going for a specific taste memory - the empanadas made by one of my mom’s friends when I was growing up. To that end, I should have used beef and a few more raisins but the pork ones were delicious and gobbled up by the fam.

Empanadas

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I also made Pati’s boiled tomatillo salsa which was from the website. I think it was the first time I made a boiled salsa rather than a roasted one. I was going to roast but really didn’t want to heat up the kitchen for a fairly small batch of tomatillos. Anyway, this version was great and will be my new standard.

Boiled tomatillo salsa

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These potato and chorizo tacos popped up when @tcamp pointed me to the website, and are now high on my list (using vegetarian chorizo so my mom can eat them):

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MEXICAN FRITTATA WITH POBLANOS, POTATOES, AND FETA from Pati’s Mexican Table, page 100

Over the weekend, I was thumbing through the recipes in the COTM cookbooks and bookmarking recipes that I am interested in. I came across this recipe and had all of the ingredients on hand. This was good.

The recipe is here:

It is the same as the one in the book except it uses queso fresco and the book uses feta.

I made a couple of changes. I made 1/4 of the recipe in a 6” cast iron pan so that I could have a single serving. I also read on EYB that one of the reviewers had problems with underdone potatoes. The recipe has you boil diced potatoes for 5 minutes and then you finish by sauteing them for 6 to 8 minutes. I hate underdone potatoes so I boiled my potatoes until they were done before sauteing.

I made this twice. The first time I stirred it too much and it was more like scrambled eggs. The next day, I stirred more gently and it was more frittata like.

It isn’t very photogenic. My eggs were on the small side so there was a lot more filling than egg.

My local library branch is closed for 10 weeks for renovation. Just before my branch closed, I went in and picked up two of Pati Jinich’s books. It was a very nice surprise when I found out that they are not due back until October 1 because of the renovation! I’m looking forward to being able to cook from these for the whole COTM period.

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I followed in your footsteps. That tomatillo salsa is outstanding! Super way to use a bunch of tomatillos I froze from our CSA share back in the fall.

Before I made this, I had not truly experienced what a tomatillo salsa can be. The step of cooking the salsa coaxed out an amazing umami aroma and flavor that I have never gotten from tomatillos before. Or maybe it was that the tomatillos were locally grown? Either way, thank you.

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MEXICAN MEATBALLS with MINT and CHIPOTLE from Pati’s Mexican Table, page 153

This recipe on her website is basically the same as what is in the book. https://patijinich.com/dreaming_of_julios_albondigas/
One variation is the book states you can either use 2 lbs of ripe tomatoes or 5 cups canned tomato puree. I used canned crushed tomatoes and used an immersion blender to make into a sauce.

These were very good and quite filling. The recipe calls for 1.5 lbs of ground turkey and serves 6. I made 2/3 a recipe with a lb of ground turkey for 4 very generous servings. The meatballs contain rice and they were fairly light when cooked. My meatballs were quite wet. I was sure they would fall apart in the pot but they held together well.

There is a lot of sauce and some rice or bread would be nice to soak it up. They’d make a goof Mexican style meatball sub. I thought the mint was very subtle. I think these would freeze well.

Photo below. I was supposed to garnish with extra mint, but forgot.
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GREEN BEANS with ORANGE and PISTACHIOS from Pati’s Mexican Table, page 207

I thought these were excellent. The garlic, citrus and pistachio really jazzed up the green beans. I would definitely make these again.

Heat 2 Tbsp oil in skillet. Cook 1/4 cup chopped onion for 2 min. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic and cook 1 min. Add 1 lb trimmed green beans (1” pieces), 1/2 tsp salt, and some black pepper. Cook 5 to 6 min.

Add 1/2 cup orange juice and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and cook another 6 to 8 min, stirring occasionally. To serve, top with 3 Tbsp toasted pistachios.

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I’m glad you tried/liked it. I’ve always believed roasted tomatillos made a better salsa but my mind is now changed. Better in the heat of summer anyway!

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