MEXICOONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS
Episode 18: Mojo & Escabeche: The Light Fantastic
It’s one of Rick’s favorite themes: Authentic Mexican food is fresher, more complex, and especially lighter than most Americans realize. Case in point: two classic Mexican preparations, Mojo and Escabeche. Although it’s been a Mexican mainstay since the arrival of the Spanish, Fish in Escabeche
is a perfect fit with the kind of light, fresh cooking that’s so popular today. Rick shows us how to make it by steeping crisp fish fillets in a tangy vinaigrette-like sauce made with olive oil, cider vinegar, diced vegetables and pickled jalapeños. In the kitchen of his restaurant, Topolobampo, he shows us a contemporary variation: Grilled Quail in Red Onion Escabeche
. If garlic is as good as ten mothers, then Mojo de Ajoa sauce made from minced garlic, slowly toasted in olive oilis the mother of all garlic dishes. Rick uses it to make a simple Quick-Fried Shrimp with Sweet Toasty Garlic
, and an elegant Roasted Lobster with Mojo Mayonnaise
. Along the way, we visit a homemade vinegar stand and a garlic stall in Mexico City’s Merced Market and a restaurant in Veracruz where Rick shows us how to read a Mexican seafood menu.