Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cilantro and Green Chile Dressing

I'm still on vacation with the family in Estes Park, Colorado, so The Greasy Skillet has been placed on the backburner. However, I thought I'd take a little time this morning to share a few of my favorite moments from my stay in Estes.

My stay here has reminded me that the drinks on the front porch of The Stanley Hotel might be one of my favorite vacation traditions.
I like the view and the vibe at the Stanley. I'm thankful that the bar was stocked with limes this year. I learned that if you place 8 or 9 maraschino cherries in a five-year-old's Shirley Temple, she'll eat every last one and leave a pile of stems.

Yesterday I hiked with my family to Mills Lake for a picnic. I was reminded that food on a hike always tastes better. Even the lowly Brazil nut -- something I normally push to the side in a bowl of mixed nuts -- was quite tasty on my hike.

(The picnic view at Mills Lake)

I should probably post a recipe to remind everyone that this is a food blog. Today's recipe is from the book Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and found from he Times-Picayune of New Orleans edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker. The plight to rebuild New Orleans has been well documented. This books tells the story of the recipes that displaced New Orleanians craved recipes from home.

The local paper the Times-Picayune set up a webpage where displaced New Orleanians home could catalog, swap, and share recipes that were lost in the storm. Cooking Up a Storm is a collection of those recipes.

I've selected the cilantro and green chile dressing to share. It a high-calorie recipe, but its unique flavor exceeds anything you'll find on the supermarket shelves. I like to make a grilled chicken salad, and top it with this dressing.

Cilantro and Green Chile Dressing

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (Make sure they're hulled. You'll find them in most markets labeled as pepitas)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles, well drained
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned.
  2. Take 1/4 cups of the pumpkin seeds and combine in a blender with the rest of the dressing ingredients. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  3. Chill for one hour and then serve with salad. Sprinkle remaining pumpkin seeds over the salad.
  4. Enjoy.
missin' my kitchen,


muddywaters said...

I heard a report the other day that some nutrients like Lycopene are fat soluble, so throw some tomatoes into a salad, drizzle with a bit of this dressing, and absorb some lycopene.

MrsMama said...

Colorado is such a nice break from the unpleasant Kansas heat. We went last year. A bonus: no chiggers!

I wonder if the staff at the Stanley hotel gets tired of patrons doing their Jack Nicholson impressions. :)

Jenni said...

1) That's a beautiful view.
2) I always loved Shirley Temples--for the maraschino cherries. Can you believe there are people who don't like them?
3) Was it Ma Ingalls that said, "Hunger is the best sauce"?
4) I can't stand Brazil nuts.
5) That recipe sounds tasty! I'll have to remember to add the ingredients to next week's grocery list.
6) I don't know why I feel like making everything into a numbered list today. It must be the back to school push. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. I'm just going to go check more items off my lists now.

PictureGirl said...

Thanks for the great recipe.

I'm glad you and your family are haveing a great vacation.

That is such a beautiful hotel. Have you had any creepy experiences?

Are you reading the 'Shining' during your stay?

Anonymous said...

I love cilantro so much, some times I chop it up real fine and sprinkle it on top of unchopped cilantro leaves.

My mom hates it. Says it tastes like dirt.

Jenni said...

Hey, I think Ozark Mountain Daredevils was one of the groups in that list for the 8/17 post. Great idea about keeping paperback dictionaries stashed in different places! I think I'll get a copy each for my camera case and purse.