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Adan Medrano’s Chile Ancho Albondigas (Meatballs)


Adan Medrano, CIA culinary grad and chef, was at San Antonio’s Nao on Thursday night. The meal was good from start to finish, and best of all, we got copies of his book, full of recipes such as the one below as well as others that we’ll share here on SavorSA soon.

Adan Medrano Chile Ancho MeatballsMedrano started San Antonio’s Chicano Film Festival back in the 1970s,  and wrote  “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes” (Texas Tech University Press, $29.95), to get the recipes of his people on paper. The dinner at Nao served recipes made from his book, under the kitchen guidance of chef Geronimo Lopez. The book is a combination of social history and cookbook. These meatballs were served as appetizers on skewers, but we’d suggest them as a dish, with freshly made gorditas and some of the velvety frijoles that Nao served inside squash blossoms, another appetizer from this book.

See SavorSA’s article on Medrano, by John Griffin here.

Chile Ancho Meatballs (Albondigas)

For the adobo:
4 chiles anchos, seeded and deveined
1 white onion
3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoon fresh Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups tomatoes, diced
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar

For the meatballs:
1 pound ground pork
1 pound 96 percent fat-free ground beef
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
3 ounces large bread strips or pieces (to make about 1 ½ cups)
1/2 cup milk
To make the meatballs:  In a saucepan, add water to cover the chiles and bring to a boil.  Turn off the heat, let the chiles cook for 15 minutes and then drain.

Place the chiles, onion, garlic, Mexican oregano and salt in a blender and purée until completely smooth.  If there are any flecks or small bits in the purée, strain through a fine mesh sieve.  The chile purée should be velvety smooth.

Heat the canola oil in a dutch oven, add the chile purée and fry it for 10 minutes.  It will splatter a bit. The color will deepen and the purée will thicken. Set aside.

In a bowl, pour the milk, add the bread and set aside. Mix together the pork and beef.  Squeeze excess milk from the bread and add it to the meat, along with the beaten egg.

Add 8 tablespoons of the chile ancho purée to the meat, add the salt and mix thoroughly.

Form the seasoned meat into 40 1-½- inch meatballs and place them on a large cookie sheet.

Roast the meatballs in a 400-degree oven for 12-15 minutes until browned and crispy on the outside. Remove from the oven and allow the meatballs to rest for 10 minutes.  They are ready to serve with the adobo.

To make the adobo:  To the remaining purée add the tomatoes and the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cook for 30 minutes until the adobo begins to thicken.  Taste and correct the salt.

The meatballs can be served as in the picture, or the adobo can be served on the side for dipping.   They are moist and delicious the second day and will keep in the fridge for five days.

Ay, Dios mío, these food pathways are full of deliciousness!

Makes 40 1-½ inch albóndigas

From Adan Medrano

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Dean Fearing Here May 8, Promos ‘Texas Food Bible’


Renowned Texas chef and restaurateur, Dean Fearing, will be in San Antonio, appearing at two places open to the public on May 8 for book signings.
Chef Dean Fearing Book OnlyFearing’s new book is “The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics” (Grand Central Life & Style, $30).

He will be at Neiman Marcus, at the Shops of La Cantera, for a book signing event from 1-3 p.m.  This appearance is hosted by Diana Barrios Trevino and Johnny Hernandez in the Gift Galleries on Level 2. The price of the book is $30.

“The Texas Food Bible” features a collection of traditional and contemporary recipes from Texas. Fearing takes readers through Texas culinary heritage, the classic preparations involved, and the expansion and fusion of the food that have combined to develop an original Southwestern cuisine.

That evening, there will be a reception and book signing, as well as a three-course meal at Nao at the Pearl in partnership with The Twig bookshop.

Chef Dean Fearing

Chef Dean Fearing

Fearing, a James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas, will sign books at a reception in the Nao Lounge is from 5:30 to 7  p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Fearing during the reception, and will be able to enjoy wine and passed hors d’oeuvres including Mango, Poblano, and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with cilantro-lime sour cream, and Smoked Chicken Nachos from Fearing’s cookbook.

Dinner will start at 7,  and the menu will begin with Dean’s Tortilla Soup with south-of-the-border flavors. The dinner will continue with Grilled Lamb Chops with baked chuck wagon black beans and sweet potato rajas. Guests will end their night on a sweet note with Caramelized Apple Buckle.

Tickets are $80 per person, and all dinner proceeds go to The Culinary Institute of America. Ticket price includes a signed copy of The Texas Food Bible, hors d’oeuvre reception, meet and greet with the author, and the three-course dinner. For ticketing information and to purchase tickets, please call 210.554.6484.

 

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