Host A Mexican Tapas Party and A Recipe For Chorizo Mushroom Tapas

Mexican Chorizo Mushroom Tapas

 

Host a Mexican tapas party to celebrate being back on the Baja.

Let’s get together.

Ideas for hosting your own tapas party

Make it a potluck

You could suggest a small bite category or theme to each guest or be surprised when your friends intuitively bring a variety of dishes with no predetermined theme. I think potlucks so are magical because they always come together beautifully.

I’m taking my tapas party on the road to Fiesta Friday, my favorite virtual potluck. The cohosts this week are Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla.

Do everything yourself

I like to include a meat or meat substitute appetizer, a seafood dish, crisp crudités – carrots, jicama, cucumbers, a creamy dip like hummus, lettuce cup salads, a cheese course and fruit for dessert. Serve Mexican wines and/or a tequila specialty drink. Always have a non-alcohol beverage available, make it special. Here are a few ideas for mocktails.

A few ides to try 

Easy spicy tuna sushi towers

Easy Sushi Recipe, Towers of Spicy Baja Ahi Tuna /MyBajaKitchen.com

Peel and eat shrimp with citrus ponzu:

Boil and chill fresh shrimp. Mix together orange juice, lime juice, fresh basil and soy sauce for dipping.

Fruits and veggies:

Slice jicama and melon, arrange on a platter, add a squeeze of lime and a dusting of chili powder. Watermelon slices pair well with spicy foods too.

Caprese skewers: 

Thread mozzarella cheese onto toothpicks with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes , drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. An easy salad alternative.

Caprese Salad skewers

Tabbouleh lettuce cups

Tabbouleh Lettuce cups

Broiled Parmesan artichokes: Wrap water packed or oil package artichoke hearts with serrano jamon, sprinkle with Parmesan or aged cotija cheese and broil until golden brown.

artichoke, prosciutto, Parmasan appetizer

 

Cilantro chipotle hummus and tortilla chips 

Cilantro Chipolte Hummus

Ideas from the Web
You might like my Pinterest page “Tapas” where I’ve organized and saved recipes for small bites and traditional Spanish tapas.

Gastroteca Azul, a quick restaurant review.

We have a new upscale Mediterranean restaurant in my village, Gastroteca Azul. The chef, Mario Lopez is using local ingredients, inventive preparations and engaging flavors to create a gourmet experience in Loreto Bay, Mexico. I have to say that the best meals I’ve eaten outside of my kitchen have been at Azul. The wine list is delicious and pairs well with the menu. I never miss out on his amazing desserts. Azul is my go to restaurant for date night and to impress my out of town guests.

I confess, I’m picky. Don’t bury my food in melted cheese, rich cream sauce or overwhelming salsa. Give me fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and/or seafood and don’t skimp on the flavor. I thrive on a Baja-Mediterranean style diet with real food and an abundance of fruits, veggies and seafood. Chef Mario understands healthy food and it’s apparent in every meal he creates.

Finally the recipe! 

I have openly stolen and re-created Chef Mario’s Chorizo y Champiñones appetizer. Never fear, I always tell him when I see him at the Sunday produce market that I’m stealing his ideas. I’m also free with my newest recipes ☺️. I haven’t seen any of my genius recipes on the menu yet but I remain hopeful. Ha Ha  The Chef uses portobello mushrooms and a dash of sherry. I added scallions and cilantro for a fresh green flavor. Adjust the herbs to your taste.

You can make this simple Mexican tapas recipe with any readily available spicy meat. For example: Spanish or Mexican chorizo, any flavor of spicy sausage or vegan chorizo for vegetarians. I love the mushrooms but you could substitute carrots or bell pepper to create an equally delicious topping. I have used this topping as a taco filling, with tortilla chips and on sliced baguette.

 

Mexican Chorizo Mushroom Tapas

[lt_recipe name=”Chorizo and Mushroom Tapas” servings=”Several ” prep_time=”10 MINUTES” cook_time=”10 MINUTES” total_time=”20 MINUTES” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Mushrooms mingle with spicy Mexican chorizo for a perfect tapas on baguette slices or tortillas. Use as a taco or tostada filling. A fiesta in your mouth. ” print=”yes” ingredients=”4 ounces chorizo, either ground texture or firm Spanish style chopped.;1 pound of mushrooms, any variety;1/4 cup sliced scallions, green only;1/2 cup chopped cilantro;Sliced baguette” ]Brown chorizo and drain any oil. Add rough chopped mushrooms and simmer on medium heat until the mushrooms are soft and have released their water. Stir in scallions and cilantro just before serving.[/lt_recipe]

Check out my Pinterest Board, Tapas for more great ideas.

You might like my Pinterest Board, Tapas

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Instant Pot Chicken with Creamy Rosemary Mushrooms, Freezer Slow Cooker Meal

Instant Pot chicken mushrooms and creamy goat cheese recipe/ MyBajaKitchen.com

Try this simple yet elegant, easy Instant Pot chicken recipe with baby Portobello mushrooms and creamy goat cheese over polenta. I just purchased an Instant Pot and I’m experimenting with recipes for the slow cooker and the pressure cooker settings. This is a slow cooker recipe so you can make it in any slow cooker.

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you buy my suggestion the I get a few cents. I can fully endorse the Instant Pot.

The magical Instant Pot

 


I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about so I tripped around the internet for advise and was convinced that I couldn’t live without this all-in-one cooking appliance. It sautés and browns, steams, warms, substitutes for a pressure cooker and a slow cooker and even makes yogurt.

One Pot, easy clean up! 

I love the fact that I can do all the steps in one pot. It’s easy to clean and takes up the same space as a large slow cooker. My kitchen in Baja is small and I don’t have a lot of storage space so this is perfect. I wanted a pressure cooker in Baja so I decided to upgrade to the Instant Pot. I’m glad I did and it’s been fun finding and developing recipes.

A fancy make ahead, freezer to Instant Pot chicken and mushroom recipe for any night. 

Put all of the ingredients except the cheese in a freezer safe bag and freeze. Take it out the night before you want to cook it and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Put everything except the cheese in the Instant Pot and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. You’ll have moist rosemary garlic chicken with tons of mushrooms. Stir the creamy goat cheese (or cream cheese) into the hot chicken and it will be ready to serve alone or over pasta, quinoa or polenta. I used 4 ounces of chèvre with herbs so the overall fat content is low and the mushrooms are filling and a great source of fiber and vitamin D.

Fresh goat cheese is readily available from the rancheros and at the grocery stores. I understand that it will be available at the weekly Loreto CSA pick up sites as well this year. Any creamy cheese, would  work and the Loretan ranchers make a fabulous fresh chèvre with finally chopped peppers. I’ll use that for my next batch of Instant Pot chicken.

[lt_recipe name=”Instant Pot Chicken and Creamy Rosemary Mushrooms” servings=”4″ prep_time=”20 MINUTES ” cook_time=”4-8 HOURS ” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”A slow cooker recipe with rosemary and garlic chicken and creamy mushroom sauce to serve over pasta, polenta or quinoa. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/final-6-279×300.jpg” ingredients=”2 chicken breasts;1 pound baby portobello mushrooms, may substitute white mushrooms.;1 cup, chopped onions;1 tablespoon olive oil;2 gloves garlic, minced;1 tablespoons dried rosemary or two fresh rosemary sprigs;1 bay leaf;1 teaspoon sea salt;1/2 teaspoon black pepper ;3/4 cup chicken stock or water;;4 ounces chèvre, may substitute cream cheese;2 tablespoons fresh parsley ;” ]Remove chicken skin and dice chicken into 1 inch pieces. Salt and pepper the chicken. Clean and slice mushrooms. Dice onions and mince garlic. ;;If you are preparing this in advance as a freezer ready meal then combine all ingredients except the cheese and parsley and freeze until ready to cook.;;In you aren’t freezing this meal then take the extra time to sauté the onions and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes, using the sauté Instant Pot function. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes until slightly browned. If you don’t have a slow cooker with a sauté function then you can skip these steps. ;Add mushrooms and remaining seasonings. Add 3/4 cup of water. ;Seal the Instant Pot. Touch the slow cooker button and adjust the heat and time. Low setting for 6-8 hours or high setting for 4 hours of cooking. ;Before serving stir chèvre into the hot chicken and mushrooms until combined and a creamy sauce develops. Stir in fresh parsley. Serve alone or over polenta, rice, pasta or quinoa. [/lt_recipe]

Do you have an Instant Pot? Please share any of your Instant pot recipe links in the comments. I’m excited to use this in Baja for pinto beans, artichokes, tortilla soup, barbacoa beef, pork carnitas and…….

Endless possibilities!

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Instant Pot Chicken with Creamy Rosemary Mushrooms /MyBajaKitchen.com

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Mushroom Walnut Vegan Chorizo – Turn up the heat and make it Mexican

Mushroom walnut filling

 

Try this vegan chorizo, made with walnuts and mushrooms in any Mexican recipe for tacos, tostadas or tamales. I think it would be great in stuffed poblano, Baja zucchini boats or red bell peppers. I let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for a day and the flavor was even more delicious.

I topped tiny grilled flour tortillas with my spicy soy free, vegan chorizo, arugula, peperoncinis, red onion and tomatoes. This plant based mixture is reminiscent of chorizo and is sure to please any guest and keep the vegans nourished. Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D and walnuts are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fat. Your guests might appreciate a side serving of black or pinto beans, salsa and a bit of salty cheese for the lacto vegetarians or omnivores.

There are several inspiring recipes for mushroom and walnut fillings, both raw and cooked versions. The combination seems like a natural for bold Mexican spices, different fresh peppers, and dried chilies. Think what you could do with Italian or Indian spices!

Try them all. Here’s a few that I found after I thought I invented it. My inspiration came from my leftover chorizo seasoning and a produce bin full of mushrooms needing to be eaten.  I believe that there are no original stories or recipes in the world but always give credit when ever you find inspiration.

Vega:

Kyle:

Rawmazing:

I shared this at Meat Free Mondays
Mushroom walnut arugula tacos

 

[lt_recipe name=”Walnut Mushroom Vegan Chorizo” servings=”4 ” prep_time=”10 MIUNTES” cook_time=”10 MINUTES” total_time=”20 MINUTES ” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”A fast weeknight vegan mushroom and walnut filling for tacos, stuffed peppers, or tamales. Use as a substitute for spicy meats. ” print=”yes” image= ingredients=”6 cups rough chopped cremimi or portobello mushrooms, about 1 pound;1 cup walnut pieces;1/2 cup chopped onions;2 cloves garlic minced;2 tablespoons oil oil;2 tablespoons chopped parsley;2 tablespoons ancho chili powder ;1 tablespoon smoked paprika;2 teaspoons ground cumin;1 teaspoon ground coriander;1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste;1/4 teaspoon cayenne;1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or to taste ” ]Chop mushrooms and walnuts, or pulse in the food processor into pea sized pieces. Set aside. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add seasonings through salt and mushrooms. Sauté for 10 minutes. Add a splash of vinegar to separate the flavors, more if indicated. Adjust salt. ;Serve warm in tortillas or use as a filling for any vegetarian dish. Stuff bell peppers, baked squashes or vegan tamales. [/lt_recipe]

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