Get ready for Cinco de Mayo

Sopa seca

Everyone appreciates a reason to celebrate, especially when the festivities involve great food. This is evident in the widespread celebration of Cinco de Mayo far outside the borders of Mexico. It's likely that many people who celebrate this day may not fully comprehend the history behind it: it is not, as many people believe, Mexico's Independence Day, which is September 16. Rather, it's a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, commemorating a Mexican army victory over France at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States and beyond, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. And what better way to celebrate than with food and drink?

Naturally, the EYB library contains many recipes to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration a success. Start off with dips: pico de gallo and over 250 kinds of  guacamole, including one with pineapple and cucumber, a tasty mango version, and this intriguing grilled garlic and orange variety. Slake your thirst with delicious drinks like sangria, margaritas, mojitos, and micheladas.

The options for main dishes are staggering, and this is one holiday that is especially kind to vegetarians. While traditional faijtas and quesadillas are always a hit, there are many excellent dishes that go beyond standard fare, including roast duck breasts with pomegranate chile sauce, roasted pobalnos stuffed with chicken and cheddar, Zacatecas-style green mole with chicken, and Mexican noodle casserole (sopa seca)

For dessert, try these strawberry, coconut, and avocado-kale pops featuring the colors in the Mexican flag. Other great options are tres-leches cakeFrontera Grill's chocolate pecan pie bars, and almond flan

What do you plan to make for Cinco de Mayo?

(Photo of sopa seca from the EYB library)

1 Comment

  • FuzzyChef  on  5/2/2014 at 8:17 PM

    Oh! Thank you for reminding me. We have guests for May 5; I guess I know what I'm cooking ...

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