Baja Flavor (Roasted Corn & Avocado Dip, Fish Tacos, and Spiced Apples & Pears a la Mode)

11 Oct

This is a great meal to entertain your friends with when you’re on a budget.  All the ingredients are inexpensive and the recipes are easy.  The best part?  It’s a great excuse to bust out some Mexican beer (I love Negra Modelo), shove a wedge of lime in it, and kick back and enjoy.  It’s also a meal where you can cook and interact with your guests at the same time.  Prepare the dip and set out tortilla chips and do the prep work for the dessert (everything but sticking it in the oven) before guests arrive.  While guests munch on chips and dip, make fish tacos and warm up black beans.  Stick the dessert in the oven immediately before serving dinner so that the spiced fruits are hot and ready to go when you’re done with dinner.

Roasted Corn & Avocado Dip


1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
2 tsp olive oil
2 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
3/4 cup diced tomato
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp minced onion
1 serrano pepper, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin

Spread corn kernels on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until corn is lightly browned.  Cool.

Combine cooled corn kernels with remaining ingredients in medium bowl and mix well.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of dip

Fish Tacos


8-10 corn tortillas
1 1/2 lb tilapia, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp butter
1 cup Mexican beer

Heat butter in large pan over medium heat.  Add in tilapia, lemon juice, and season with salt.  Pour beer over fish and cook until done (about 10 minutes).

Serve in corn tortillas with garnish (pico de gallo, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, wedges of lime, etc).

Serves 4

Spiced Apples and Pears a la Mode


2 Fuji apples, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
2 Bosc pears, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
vanilla ice cream

Spread fruit pieces in casserole dish.  Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Dot with butter.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until fruit is tender.  Serve with ice cream (drizzle a little of the sauce from the bottom of the casserole dish on top of the ice cream for extra flavor).

Serves 4


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