Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Recipes from Casa de Sierra Nevada
From September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month provides a unique opportunity to recognize and honor the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities to the United States. Casa de Sierra Nevada, a haven for authentic Mexican culture and cuisine shares their recipes on what to eat and drink during this celebratory month with a delicious pairing that embodies the spirit of Mexican tradition.
Pozole Verde –
Pozole is a hearty Mexican soup with a special place in the hearts of many. There’s a friendly debate over whether white, red, or green pozole reigns supreme, but what’s undeniable is that there’s a pozole for every palate. Rooted in the Nahuatl word “pozolli,” which means “foamy,” this dish tells a story dating back to ancient times. Chef Ruben, from the hotel’s renowned Sazón Cooking School, shares his authentic Green Pozole recipe. This variation hails from Guerrero, Mexico, but its flavors can be enjoyed across the nation. The magic behind this dish lies in the cacahuazintle corn kernels (hominy corn), pre-cooked for hours until they blossom like flowers, creating a foamy appearance in the broth. Legend has it that even Emperor Moctezuma relished this dish, offering it to the god Xipe Tótec, the lord of fertility, corn, and war.
To enhance the Pozole Verde dish, Eleazar Barbosa, lead mixologist from Tunki Rooftop by Handshake recommends complementing it with a Mezcalita. This spirited drink encapsulates the very spirit of Mexican celebration. Crafted with Mezcal Amaras, grapefruit juice, mesquite honey, and a touch of fresh lemon juice, it transforms into a delightful and culturally significant libation that perfectly complements the Pozole Verde dish.
Sazon Cooking School, is an 18th-century mansion-turned-fully operating cooking school that guests can experience to learn how to cook authentic Mexican dishes. Chef Ruben takes guests on a journey through the market and back to the kitchen to create irresistible regional favorites and elegant Mexican Masterpieces.