May 5, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
“Happy Cinco de Mayo!”
Literally meaning in Spanish “the fifth of May“, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican pride and heritage. While the holiday is mostly celebrated in the United States, it is a national holiday in Mexico marking Mexico’s freedom from France in 1861.
Cinco de Mayo is also known as the anniversary of the Battle of Peubla.
Although fighting continued for another 5 years, the victory at Peubla Mexico became “a symbol” of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city as been renamed to Puebla de Zaragoza and the actual battlefield is now a park.
Did you know that sometimes celebrations in the States for Cinco de Mayo can last the entire week with festivals, parties and parades which include dancing, music and food? 🙂
We already know what my dancing skills are (lol) like in If I Knew Your Were Coming Pound Cake 😉
I DO enjoy dancing like in B is for Brazil (especially the Conga line ;-)) and the Chicken Dance ).
I DO enjoy “festivals, parties and parades”
I DO enjoy music, but today, I think I will celebrate with food! 🙂
First of all, I hope you enjoy today’s post (also “highlighting” achiote paste, Ancho chilies, Mexican oregano, banana leaves too! ;-)) and look forward to my future Mexican food posts with products “graciously” provided Joel Adams and Morgen Britt’s Chile Mojo here in Adelaide.
Feel free to read my Chile Mojo Yelp Adelaide review; as I always believe in giving people and company’s compliments when a compliment is due 😉
Chile Mojo stocks “difficult to find” authentic Mexican chilies, Tex-Mex foods, THE LARGEST hot sauce selections and “unique” Mexican clothing and gift ware.
Thanks to Joel and Morgen, they provided me with their “secret” (well, not so secret now eh? 😉 ) recipe for Pib Pibil.(Yucatan-style barbeque) Their recipe has been used with their permission too! 😉
I was EXCITED making this recipe as I never previously cooked with achiote paste, Ancho chilies, Mexican oregano or banana leaves. (like in this recipe)
I am glad I can share Pib Pibil with Achiote Rice* as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations too! 🙂
1.5 kilos (~52 ounces) sewing pork or chicken cut into 3 cm (~1 inch); (I used pork today 😉 )
juice of 2 bitter oranges; Joel “suggests” can use 1 sweet orange and 1 lemon 😉
2 dried Ancho chilis, seeded rough-chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp mexican oregano
1/2 tsp allspice, ground
1/4 tsp cumin, ground
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Pib Pibel (or pit barbeque) in the Mayan language “is an ancient method of cooking” Joel has provided the “cocinita” version so I can cook this WONDERFUL recipe at home. I don’t think Chef Georgio (aka hubby) would have appreciated me digging up the back yard to create a pit barbeque! 😉
Place all ingredients, except meat and banana leaves into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Pour mixture over meat in a shallow, non-reactive pan and rub into meat.
Marinate refrigerated for 24 hours, stirring once or twice.
Wrap meat, in desired portion size, in banana leaves. Secure each with cotton string or a long strip of banana leaf.
Gently steam-cook until meat is completely falling apart, about 3 hours. OR, (which is what I did 😉 ) wrap each packet in alfoil and bake for 2 1/2 hours in a 200C (~390F) oven.
Serve with Yellow Rice. (Gave me another chance using achiote paste too! 🙂 )
I “initially had difficulty with the Ancho chili blending into a “smooth” consistency, so I blended the sauce, than sieved the very small remaining pieces. I wasn’t sure if the pieces would have contributed to the end “look” of the dish, so made the “executive” decision to sieve! 🙂
Before marinating the pork overnight (and the marinate DOES smell AWESOME!!), my “instincts” suggested that I would probably want more SAUCE, so I made a second batch.
(Did YOU hear Manu Fiedel’s YELLING, “Where’s the sauce? or was it just me? ) lol
I “might” have to be sent back to Banana Leaf Wrapping Class lol as I have difficulty wrapping the pork in the banana leaf, tying it with string without it bursting the leaf.
NOTE TO SELF:
Try not overfilling the banana leaves next time.
I filled each with ~150 gram (~5 1/2 ounces)
I also took the liberty of using red chili and lime zest too! 🙂
Have you ever cooked Pib Pibil before?
No? I hope I can now “inspire” you the do! The taste is AMAZING and you will SO glad with the end result too! 🙂
Oh, and before I forget, I got an invitation to Joanne’s Foodie Friends Friday Cinco de Mayo Party at Winelady Cooks. I think I’ll bring Pib Pibil with Anchiote Rice and think is has a bit of Olé and is very nice! 😉
I’d love to know if you were invited to a Mexican party as part of Cinco de Mayo, what you you bring?
* Anchioti Rice aka Mexican Yellow Rice
This is one of my favorite recipes! I used chicken broth and red onion too! I hope you might like to try this GREAT recipe, TRUE!