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Taco Tuesday: Put it in a Packet

TacoTuesdayLogo_blueAllow me to make a departure from the braised meats, cheesy fundidos and soul-nurturing vegetable dishes of Taco Tuesdays past.

Today, we’re veering into slightly exotic territory with a mixiote of mushrooms, bacon and garlic mojo, which is basically a beautiful golden bath of roasted garlic oil.

We’re able to create deep, interesting flavor here by utilizing the ancient Mexican technique of mixiote (not unlike the French technique of cooking en papillote, or in parchment), a method that traps all of that garlic-bathed, smoky richness.

You’ll end up with a taco filling that’s both unexpected and elemental, and one you’ll return to when it’s time for dinner.

Recipe from Season 7, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 8as a tapa or soft taco filling
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Ingredients

  • 12ounces mushrooms (I love a mixture of cultivated shiitakes and oysters with a handful of wild mushrooms—porcini, chanterelle, hedgehog—thrown in), sliced 1/2-inch thick (you’ll have about 6 cups of slices)
  • 2large (or 4 small)hoja santa leaves OR 32 epazote leaves
  • 2 medium-thick slices of bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3cupslow cooked garlic mojo (stirred before measuring)
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1 or 2 limes, cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Soak the parchment. Cut four 12-inch squares of parchment paper, loosely roll them together submerge them in a large bowl of tap water and weight with a light plate to keep them submerged. Soak 30 minutes.
  • Form and bake the packages. Turn on the oven to 325 degrees. Lay the soaked parchment pieces out on your work surface. If using the hoja santa, place 1/2 leaf (or a whole leaf if you’re using small ones) in the center of each parchment square. In a large bowl, mix the sliced mushrooms, bacon and garlic mojo (throw in the epazote leaves that’s what you’re using). Sprinkle with the salt, stir to coat everything evenly, then scoop a portion into the center of each parchment piece. Gather up the corners of each one to form a pouch. Pinch the parchment together just above the mushrooms and tie securely with a piece of string or raffia. Slide onto a baking sheet, then slide the sheet into the oven. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until the mixture is bubbling vigorously in the packages.
  • Serve. Open the packages in front of your guests so they can enjoy the explosion of aroma into the room. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze on plus fresh tortillas for making soft tacos or toasted baguette for making montaditos.

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Comments

  1. Wonderful! Juicy mushrooms, interesting hoja santa flavor and a mojo that will live on in my fridge forever!

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