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For many single parents the coming holiday season of Thanksgiving, Las Posadas, Christmas and New Year’s Eve is not just a joyful time but it can also be very stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be sad because we may not have our children with us on a major holiday because they are the other parent’s house. This year is extra special because we are celebrating Christmas a whole week early with my family so that we can focus on midnight mass come Christmas even. When you have to deal with custody, visitation and sometimes dating someone new – it can be a real challenge getting food on the table so single parents want to make dinner fun, fast but also tasty.
Firsts for the Holidays – Meeting Extended Family
There will be a lot of firsts for me this year since my children and I had a change in custody and visitation recently. I have also been dating Ironman for over 6 months now and being from large Latino families, it’s the added anxiety of where are we celebrating the holidays? Where will the kids be on each holiday? (there are 6 children between us from our previous marriages). As for family members, I have 4 siblings and around 40 cousins. On Ironman’s side he is the oldest son of 7 kids and so it can make your head spin on how many people we are cooking for.
Meeting extended family for the first time during the holiday season is giving me anxiety because I know that people are going to have a lot of questions and wonder how serious of a couple we are. We are in our late 30’s, have our own families from previous marriages so we are not young kids anymore. Meeting family also means that my cooking skills better be up to par. I enjoy cooking and I enjoy cooking for others in my own large family. It’s that one holiday tradition I enjoy the most as everyone brings their own creation to the table and I like it when one of my dishes is better than my moms. It’s also a way to incorporate my traditions with another family and see how they like it. If it works, then it works, if not then there is always next year right?
I am very glad that my local Fiesta in Dallas has exactly what I need for my holiday groceries all at the prices I like. Many hard to find ingredients are here to make extra special dishes such as the homemade roasted salsas I enjoy so much along with ingredients for mole, tamales, pasteles and more. I truly enjoy the produce selection but I also love the canned and pickled chiles and vegetables that they have here such as the La Morena Chipotle peppers and the La Morena pickled jalapenos. I used them in a few dishes I was experimenting with this past Halloween weekend and they create an authentic Latino flavor in many dishes. For Thanksgiving I have posted my super secret Chipotle Style Mashed Potatoes below. It is easy to experiment, be creative and make quick and easy meals using La Morena chiles, beans and salsas along with a crockpot, pressure cooker, cast iron skillet and a comal. As always make sure you have fresh tortillas along with Coca-Cola to make eating in at home much more enjoyable than eating out.
The Way to a Man’s Stomach Menu
Last weekend’s dinner menu I called “The Way to a Man’s Stomach” included:
- Main Dish – A Coca-Cola braised brisket that I cooked in the slow cooker using fresh jalapenos, onions, and La Morena Chipotle pepper. Instead of broth I used Coca-Cola and set it on low for about 8 hours. It was so tender and flavorful. Put the brisket in tacos with the cooked onions and it is so good. Great for football tailgating and pot lucks. You can also make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I ended up buying about 20 pounds of brisket so we will definitely be eating a lot of brisket this Christmas.
- Salad Starter #1 – Shaved Brussel Sprout slaw with La Morena pickled jalapenos. This was so easy, I just made a regular coleslaw recipe but instead used Brussel sprouts, onions, cilantro, garlic and bacon. Added a cole slaw dressing and sliced the La Morena jalapenos into very thin slices. I do this with all of my cole slaw adding pickled jalapenos and it is so good. You can also use this slaw in the brisket tacos. I have to stop myself from just eating it right out of the can.
- Soup Starter #2 – Roasted butternut squash soup with La Morena Chipotle Pepper. I just followed a basic roasted butternut squash and added the chipotle pepper, garlic, nutmeg, pepper and chicken broth. The chipotle adds that subtle smoky and spicy flavor to the squash soup. This is a great way to easily add a latin flair to any fall dish.
- Side Dish – Chipotle Mashed Potatoes – see below
Recipe: Chipotle Mashed Potatoes
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into large pieces – You can use any potatoes you want but I like russet potatoes since they mash so much easier and they are larger so making large batches becomes easy.
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped canned Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce – (use 1.5 Chilies because a little goes a long way)
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
Peel potatoes and add to the pot.
Chop the La Morena Chipotle Pepper into small pieces.
Boil potatoes first in large pot with salted water and garlic cloves for about 20 minutes. Drain and remove the garlic cloves. Return potatoes to the pot. In a separate container, heat the butter and cream in the microwave until the butter is softened.
This is an important step to make the potatoes creamy. While still steaming, add cheese, cream, chilies, cilantro and butter and mash with Potato Masher until smooth and cheese is melted.
With salt and pepper you can season to taste. Before a big meal, you can make this 3 to 4 hours ahead and keep in a slow cooker until ready to serve.
These are not only great with brisket, but a great way to give your mashed potatoes some zip for Thanksgiving and the holidays. I would also use this same recipe with sweet potatoes but just remove the garlic and add some brown sugar and cinnamon to the mix to make a smoky but sweet style sweet potato rather than the boring candied yams or sweet potato mash you are used to.
What’s the verdict? For experimenting I made everything too spicy but that’s how I like it so you may need to use a little less of the chilies. As I said, a little goes a long way so a lighter hand may do you good.
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What recipe ideas do you have with La Morena chipotle peppers? What recipes have you done that use Coca-Cola?
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At Fiesta Mart locations in your area.
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