Traditional Achiote Recado

niedziela, 26 stycznia 2014

Traditional Achiote Recado

Time: 1 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons achiote seeds (* annatto)
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano (*)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried ancho chile powder (*about 2 ounces)
  • 4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

Directions

  • 1 In a small saucepan bring water and achiote seeds to a boil.
  • 2 Cook seeds, covered, at a bare simmer 30 minutes and remove from heat.
  • 3 (Steep seeds 2 hours, or until softened.) Heat a dry comal or flat iron griddle over moderately low heat until hot and pan-roast garlic and onion, turning them occasionally to ensure even roasting, until browned and soft throughout, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • 4 Discard garlic skins.
  • 5 In a small heavy skillet dry-roast oregano over moderate heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes and transfer to a small bowl.
  • 6 Cool oregano completely and in an electric coffee/spice grinder grind fine.
  • 7 Drain seeds and in a blender or food processor blend with garlic, onion, oregano, and remaining ingredients until smooth.
  • 8 Recado may be made 5 days ahead and chilled and covered.

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