However none of that stopped me from cooking a pretty fkn marvelous vegetarian version of Mark Miller's bestest-ever recipe, Chipotle Corn Cakeslast weekend. Plus a couple of other key additions. And after assembling everything, like most of the best southwestern food: you really can't say you've ever tasted anything quite like it. And yet I have zero pictures, that's why we have this leftover noir seagull attack from Texel above.
So, the procedure: I guess first you make a couple of picnic food ideas from Mark Bittman. Yes I know, not southwestern in the least. I don't know, I really thought we might go on a picnic. So I made two "salsas": one with peach, tomato, red onion, and lime, basically a ho ho ho kind of "Peacho di Gallo" I guess, yes I just fucking 1) made that up myself and 2) then said it out loud. "Shoot me." And then another one with roasted beets, blood orange, a little white wine vinegar, roasted almonds and mint. The almonds are for a little crunch that you might miss without the shrimp. Anyway, these are the garnishes.
Then you make Miller's queso fundido, which is essentially baked fresh goat cheese in a zhoomed-up poblano, tomatillo and pumpkin seed sauce he calls a pesto. I guess this whole thing is really a garnish too, but we also used it as an appetizer served with tortilla chips, and then the next day with leftover corn cakes and well yeah it just works.
Then you make the corn cake batter and chipotle butter, easy. Then you....assemble, I guess: fry up the corn cakes, and serve them with a couple slices of good ripe lightly salted avocado on top, the beet and peach garnishes, a dollop of queso fundido on the side, and a couple spoonfuls of chipotle butter drizzled on top. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but trust me, the result is a mouthful of luxury comfort. Alllllmost didn't miss the shrimp.
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