Sunday, December 31, 2006

fuddy duddy new year's eve

Not wanting to have a big party, we hosted a "fuddy duddy new year's eve" party on, well, new year's eve. It turned out to be lots of fun, involving paper bag puppets and South Park caricatures. The food theme of the evening was "chipotle". Since we weren't exactly up for a spicy evening, the food would have to be.

short ribs braised in ancho chile sauce
This recipe came from epicurious. These were great. The mixture of chipotle en adobo and ancho chiles was complex and smoky, and the coffee added a subtle layer of bitterness that complemented the ribs.
[short ribs, ancho chiles, chipotle en adobo, garlic, onions, coffee, maple syrup, lime juice, salt, pepper]

chipotle sweet potatoes
This was an amazing companion to the short ribs. The sweetness of the potatoes and the spiciness of the chiles, and the richness of the ribs were almost too much. I roasted the sweet potatoes to bring out the maximum flavor, and then whipped them in the standing mixer with some butter and the mashed chiles.
[sweet potatoes, chipotle en adobo, butter, salt]

chocolate chipotle cakes with tomatilla sauce
Another recipe from epicurious. These were super-rich. I was surprised at the spice level - I actually expected it to be higher, but the heat was a slow, subtle burn that hit in the back of the palate. It was very complex and interesting. The tomatilla sauce was a novelty. Sweet and tart, it brought out the heat from the cakes as well as some fruitiness in the chocolate. The chipotle paste was a bit laborious to make, as the yield was rather small from a fair amount of chiles. I didn't have a vanilla bean, so I added one teaspoon of vanilla extract at the end.
[chocolate, sugar, eggs, orange juice, chipotle chiles, salt; tomatilla sauce: tomatillas, sugar, water, cinnamon stick, vanilla extract]


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