Mexican Cooking Class Featuring a Menu from Puebla

This menu is from my Mexican cooking class featuring the foods of the state of Puebla, situated in east-central Mexico. Anyone or anything from Puebla is known as ‘poblano‘, and that includes the mild chiles ‘poblanos‘, the striking ‘China Poblana‘ costume, and the best known mole of chiles & chocolate: ‘Mole poblano‘. We made a ‘simple’ version of this mole in our cooking class, and if we had been doing the state up properly we should have served it in the famous Talavera pottery that comes from this region.

chiles poblanos for sale

chiles poblanos baratos

My favourite dish using chiles poblanos is ‘chiles rellenos‘ (stuffed chiles).

chiles rellenos

chiles rellenos

Chiles poblanos also find their way into ‘garden soups’ and other dishes where their mild but flavourful presence makes a great addition. Another famous dish featuring chiles poblanos is ‘Chiles en nogada‘. Featuring the red, green and white of the Mexican flag, this dish is usually served during the Festival of Independence celebrations in September, when the pomegranates are ripe.

Chile en nogada

Chile en nogada, source: Wikipedia

The spectacular ‘China Poblana‘ costume consists of a skirt embroidered with thousands of twinkling sequins, depicting the national emblem of Mexico, an eagle on a cactus with a snake in its beak.

the spectacular 'China Poblana' costume consists of a skirt sewn with thousands of twinkling sequins, usually embroidered showing the national emblem of Mexico, an eagle, a snake and a cactus

China Poblana

Talavera pottery is unique to this state. It is a form of Majolica, brilliantly coloured tin-glazed pottery that came to the Valley of Mexico from Majorca, Spain in the early 1500s. Many of the buildings in Puebla have Talavera tiles on them.

Talavera Tile Mural from Puebla

Talavera Tile Mural from Puebla

The Menu from Puebla
  • My favourite dish of the evening was the ‘sopa poblano‘, a creamy vegetarian soup to die for (How we made it).
Puebla-stye creamy soup, along with molletes and dipping salsa

Puebla-style creamy soup, along with molotes and for dipping, salsa martajada

moletes from Puebla

moletes from Puebla

  • For dipping the molotes, we made a ‘salsa martajada‘, a charred jalapeño and tomato salsa that was prepared in a mojalcate.
salsa from Puebla

salsa martajada from Puebla

  • The main course was a ‘sencillo‘ (simple) mole, that used almost 50 chiles, all ground into a paste and poured over the chicken that had provided chicken stock for the soup.  (How we made it.)
Mole poblano con arroz a la mexicana

Mole poblano con arroz a la mexicana Mexican-style rice and ‘sencillo‘ (simple) chicken mole Puebla-style, topped with toasted sesame seeds

  • The mole was accompanied with ‘arroz a la mexicana‘. (How we made it.)
  • To drink, we had a chia ‘agua fresca‘, a limonada with chia seeds, slightly slimy but refreshing, and rich in omega-3s. The chia seeds are native to both Mexico and Guatemala so this isn’t a specifically a drink only from Puebla. (How we made it.)
Chia Limonada

limonada with chia seeds

Los Bowens explored Cholula when in the state of Puebla. Here is the story of their adventures, culinary and otherwise:
http://bowenarrowfood.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/la-burbula-in-cholula/

Chef Rossana, our Mexican Cooking Class instructor, is on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MiMetate

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