One my favorite holidays is quickly approaching—Cinco de Mayo! I look forward to this day every year for the margaritas and copious amounts of Mexican food...so you can imagine my astonishment recently when I heard that Americans celebrate this holiday more than Mexicans. Could this be true? I went to the experts to find out...
The women in the Wives of Mexicans group confirmed that not many Mexicans celebrate this holiday, which actually commemorates the Mexican army's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, (and not Mexican Independence Day, as most people believe). And, they think it's funny that so many Americans celebrate something that has nothing to do with them. Oops, that would be me.
Nevertheless, strongmama07, owner of the group, was sweet enough to share some authentic Mexican recipes for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. She says her family always celebrates it with drinks (usually Modelos or Coronas), a pinata for the kids, and, of course, tons of Mexican food:
Carnitas en chile verde (pork with green chile sauce)
2 lbs. pork loin
Manteca or bacon drippings to fry
Half a white onion
Half a garlic clove
salt to taste
Cut pork into 2-inch cubes. Fry the pork in manteca or bacon drippings (bacon gives very good taste) until brown and crunchy on outside; add salt to taste. Husk and rinse tomatillos and jalapenos. While the pork is cooking, boil the jalapenos and tomatillos in water in small pot on high until fork can go through or it's mushy. Blend the jalapenos and tomatillos with half of onion, salt, and half garlic clove until you see no more chunks. Pour the salsa in pot with pork and boil for 30 min. This recipe goes very well with pinto beans.
1 pound Jalapenos
1 pound cream cheese, softened
1 pound ground sausage
Wash jalapenos in hot water, cut lengthwise into two pieces, and seed (you may leave some seeds in to make hot or spicy). Fry sausage until browned, and drain all grease—I mean all of it!! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix softened cream cheese and sausage together. Fill one side of each Jalapeno with a spoonful of mixture. Place jalapenos on a cookie sheet, and cover it with aluminum foil. Place in oven on middle rack, cook until bottoms of jalapenos are brown and jalapenos are soft not crunchy. By the way men love this recipe!!!!! It only lasts 10 minutes in my house.
Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo?