December 2, 2022

Our favorite Hispanic dish for Hispanic Heritage Month – The Channels

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Clockwise from top left; Melissa Garcia’s four salsa green enchiladas stuffed with shredded chicken and mayonnaise, topped with lettuce and onions; Jenna McMahon’s patatas bravas, a traditional Spanish dish originating in Madrid and commonly found on tapas menus; Yarrow Hogan’s guacamole camarones fajitas, which she made for dinner with her roommates; Sunny Silverstein’s tortilla de patata prepared by her wonderful host family in Maguilla, Spain, which is best served warm accompanied by fresh bread.

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Melissa GarciaChief Editor

Family gatherings always consist of many Hispanic dishes because my parents are Mexican, but one of my favorite dishes has to be enchiladas. Growing up, my aunt’s red cheese enchiladas were my favorite dish she made. When I moved to Santa Barbara, my mom started making green chicken enchiladas. As soon as I see her begin to prepare them, my mouth waters. She flips the tortilla, which is lightly fried in oil, then removes it and dips it in the green salsa she has prepared. The salsa consists of five chile poblanos, four serrano peppers, two cloves of garlic, half a yellow onion, four tomatillos, a tablespoon of oregano and a few pinches of salt. These ingredients were then boiled in water and chopped in a blender. It’s the perfect amount of spice and it balances out with the shredded chicken and mayonnaise stuffing. My mom then rolls up my third enchilada together and places it on my plate and I continue to finish the rest of my dish. I add Mexican sour cream, lettuce and slices of pickled red onion on top of the enchiladas and take a photo to post on my food Instagram account. I finally take my first bite and am already excited for the next one as the hot enchilada delights my mouth.

Jenna McMahonphoto editor

My favorite Hispanic dish is patatas bravas. Patatas bravas originated in Madrid, Spain and are one of their most popular tapas. I chose this dish because I like how easy it is to prepare, yet it’s so tasty. To make this dish, there are two main elements, the potatoes and the sauce. There are many ways to do this, but the one I enjoy the most is the recipe for “Sabores spanish.” Their recipe calls for you to cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces and fry them in olive oil. Now onto my favorite part of the dish, the sauce, which is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. There are two main seasonings needed for the sauce to taste as good as it does, pimentón dulce (mild) and pimentón picante (hot), pimentón is also known as smoked paprika. to do is to drizzle the sauce directly over the potatoes and the dish is ready to be served.

yarrownews editor

When I heard that my homework was to cook a dinner in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I had never been so excited. I decided to make the meal that I seem to make every night of the year. I could eat tacos of any kind for the rest of my life; breakfast lunch and dinner. This week, I decided to make fajitas de camarones for a shared dinner. I sautéed the onion and peppers while seasoning the fresh shrimp. When everything was ready, I warmed up corn tortillas for everyone, sliced ​​a lime, got my favorite salsa, and then we were ready to eat. I decided to make this dish because it brings to mind a wonderful night on the town in Sayulita, Mexico with my best friend. We ate at a restaurant and I had fajitas de camarones. Now every time I do, I think of that night.

Sunny Silversteinopinion editor

My favorite Hispanic dish is a traditional Spanish food called tortilla de patata. I first tried this simple dish when I was studying abroad in Spain during my freshman year of high school. My host family prepared this for me the first night I arrived at their home and I will never forget it. It is an egg-based dish with pieces of cooked potatoes and onions. It is in the sform a cake and you slice it like a pie. The egg is soft and delicate and the potatoes are soft and warm. The whole dish is extremely comforting and I crave it on a rainy day. It always reminds me of my host family and all the memories I made with them. My semester in Spain was one of the best times of my life and the tortilla de patata was something I always looked forward to. One day I hope to learn the recipe and master the technique needed to make this wonderful dish.