MEXICOONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS
Episode 13: Street Fare Tonight!
After giving viewers a quick on-location crash course in Mexican street food, Rick gets an idea. Why not create a one-night-only Mexican street-food stall right in his Chicago home kitchen as the centerpiece of an unforgettable cocktail party? And with that, he shows how to pull off three authentic Mexican street snacks. There are Molotes Poblanos
—miniature blue corn masa
turnovers with a choice of fillings: mushroom, potato-chorizo, and roasted poblano chiles with cheese; mouthwatering Tacos de Bistec con Nopales
with juicy griddled steak, strips of nopal cactus and a drizzle of spicy tomatillo-arbol salsa; and Huaraches
flatbreads, topped like pizzas with chorizo and tomatillo salsa. Rick mixes up some Agua de Jamaica
—a bright red hibiscus-flower elixir that’s refreshing on its own and a perfect base for Mexican Cosmopolitans—
and sets out some cut-up veggies, sprinkled with lime and chile, street vendor–style. And then, he transforms the stove and countertop into a street stall, complete with lights and decorations. The guests mingle in the kitchen (which, after all, is everyone’s favorite place to hang out), as Rick finishes the food on the griddle. And the irresistible combination of that made-to-order immediacy and great cocktails makes for a fiesta with some serious Mexican street cred.