Passover steeped in Mexican flavors
Author Pati Jinich shares recipes and roots in Seder meal
Steeped in flavor: This dish was developed by Pati Jinich's sister Karen. Piloncillo is a Mexican brown sugar; substitute a dark brown sugar that is kosher for Passover, if need be. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
1/4 cup safflower oil
2 cups sliced white onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 pounds tomatillos, husked, rinsed, quartered
1/4 cup shredded piloncillo or dark brown sugar
1 whole chipotle chili in adobo sauce, plus 2 tablespoons sauce
2 cups chicken broth or water
1. Season the chicken with half the salt and pepper to taste. Heat the oil in a thick, tall, heavy skillet or casserole over medium-high heat. Add chicken; brown on both sides, flipping once, 6-7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a bowl.
2. Reduce heat to medium; add onion to the skillet. Cook, stirring until softened and edges begin to brown, 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatillos and remaining salt; cook, 6-8 minutes. Add the piloncillo, the chipotle chili and sauce; stir well. Heat to a simmer; add the chicken and chicken broth. Cook, covered, 10-15 minutes. Remove the lid; cook until sauce thickens to coat the back of the spoon, 10-15 minutes.
Per serving: 503 calories, 31 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 182 mg cholesterol, 24 g carbohydrates, 33 g protein, 798 mg sodium, 4 g fiber.
Flourless almond and port cake
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 to 15
Note: This flourless kosher dessert (pastel de almendra con oporto) is suitable for Passover and also gluten-free. "This cake is a treat," writes Pati Jinich. "As a devoted fan of marzipan, this cake feels like a fluffy, smooth, tasty piece of marzipan that has turned into a cake to become a bigger, lighter and a longer lasting version of itself." Serve it as dessert topped with whipped cream or for breakfast with berries. If you don't have port certified as kosher for Passover, substitute a sweet Passover wine.
2 cups slivered almonds
3/4 cup sugar