By Kathleen Oliveri
Hola friends! It is time for us to enjoy the 5th of May, a festive day, in which Mexicans and Americans come together yearly to celebrate their victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the American Civil War. It was only the beginning of a battle for freedom for all Americans and Mexicans but it’s symbolic of the cause that so many still fight for today.
So in honor of all who fought and died on May 5, every year we drink, dance and of course feast with family and loved ones and maybe even a stray stranger, Arriba, Arriba! This year my menu is fresh and easy and oh so magnifico!
Cinco de Mayo Party Menu
Beverages: Playful Peach, Mango and Strawberry Sangria, Cerveca (Beer preferably GF) and Lemon and Limeade
Appetizers: Gringo Guacamole, Salsa and Blue or White Corn Tortilla Chips
Entrée: Make your own Chicken and Ground Beef Taco Bar
Dessert: Coconut, Caramel and Chocolate Cinco Sundaes
Ingredients in Playful Peach, Mango and Strawberry Sangria, Cerveca (Beer preferably GF) and Lemon and Limeade:
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio or Moscato white wine
1c of Peach Brandy or Schnapps or Liqueur
1c of fresh or frozen peaches
1 mango pit removed and cubed
1 16 0z can of peaches in syrup
1c of fresh or frozen strawberries sliced
1 16 0z bottle of lemon lime seltzer or sparkling water
Mint leaves for garnish
Place in a blender the can of peaches including the syrup and liquefy.
Now in a large pitcher add at least one cup of ice, the peach puree, the peaches, the mangoes, the strawberries, the mint leaves, the wine, the brandy and the seltzer. Stir vigorously until well blended and chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve in a tall glass filled with ice.
While we are quenching our thirst some Blue corn chips, Salsa and Guacamole would be the perfect accompaniment. I have made my own guacamole since I visited Cancun and the chef at our resort gave a demonstration by the pool. It is so easy and delicioso as well!
2 avocados de pitted and mashed
½ c red onions minced
1 c plum tomatoes diced
½ t minced garlic
¼ c fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
1 lime cut in half and juiced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cut avocadoes in half remove the pits and put into a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork.
Then add onions, tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Squeeze the lime that was halved all over the mixture and stir until well blended. Now add salt and pepper to taste and mix again. Refrigerate for up to 1 hour in an air tight container and serve in a festive bowl, Hole!
The guests are beginning to get hungry but make them do a little work for their supper and set up the Beef and Chicken Taco Bar. Serve bowls that include the following items: Shredded Chicken, Seasoned
Ground Beef, Cooked Black Beans, Sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, Light sour cream, Shredded lettuce sliced pitted black olives and warmed corn taco shells. Just in case you need a Seasoned Beef recipe I wanted you to be prepared. Your guests will have at least one of each.
Mexican Seasoned Ground Beef
2 lbs ground beef
1 tbsp. of olive oil
8 oz can tomato puree
½ packet of taco seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place olive oil in pan, cook ground beef until brown breaking up the chunks until smooth. Then pour off the fat. Now add the Taco seasoning and tomato puree and continue to simmer for about 8-10 minutes until completely cooked. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm to use in tacos.
Finally, it’s time for dessert. Something creamy, decadent, and luscious and kids love it too!
Coconut Chocolate Caramel Cinco Sundaes
1 qt. of coconut ice cream or gelato
1 bar of good dark chocolate (Ghirardelli)
1 jar of caramel sauce
1 tub of light cool whip
1 jar or Maraschino cherries
In some lovely glass individual serving bowls or cups. add one or two scoops of ice cream, a scoop of
Cool Whip, shaved dark chocolate, with poured warm caramel sauce over it and a cherry on top.
Remember, almost everyone will want seconds so be prepared. Also take some time to check all your ingredients to make sure everyone at the party is having their safety and health addressed while they are dining at your table. Enjoy Cinco de Mayo and Viva la Fiesta!