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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Martinez, Daisy.
Daisy’s fiesta : entertaining friends and family with flavorful Latin recipes / Daisy Martinez with Chris Styler ;
photographs by Frances Janisch.
p. cm.
Includes index.
1. Cooking, Latin American. 2. Cooking, Puerto Rican. 3. Cooking, Spanish. 4. Menus. I. Styler, Christopher. II. Title.
TX716.A1M24 2010
641.598—dc22 2010026828

ISBN 978-1-4391-9923-7
ISBN 978-1-4391-9924-4 (ebook)

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Coconut and Winter Squash Soup


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with Toasted Almonds


Makes 12 buffet servings (about 8 cups)

This soup draws inspiration from pumpkin pie, with its creamy texture and familiar autumn
spices, but it's given a tropical punch with coconut milk.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cinnamon stick


3 large shallots, finely diced (about ¼ cup) Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground
8 cups diced (½-inch) peeled and seeded pepper (preferably white)
calabaza, sugar pumpkin, or butternut One 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut
squash (about 4 pounds whole) milk
2 cups homemade or store-bought 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cloves
chicken broth ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
½ vanilla bean Toasted sliced almonds (see Note)

1. Melt the butter in a 4- to 5-quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the
shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Keep the
heat low so the shallots don’t brown. Add the calabaza and the chicken broth, raise the
heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick and season
lightly with salt and pepper. Adjust the heat so the broth is simmering, cover the pot, and
cook until the calabaza is very soft, about 20 minutes.
2. Remove the vanilla bean from the soup, split it lengthwise with a paring knife, and scrape
the vanilla specks from inside the bean into the pot. Remove and discard the cinnamon

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stick. Working in batches, blend the soup until very smooth. To avoid splattering, either
let the soup cool to tepid or work in very small batches and use a folded-up kitchen towel
to clamp the lid to the blender while the machine is running. Pour each batch into a clean
pot as you finish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Whisk in the coconut milk, cloves, and allspice. Heat the soup gently until heated through.
The soup can be prepared completely in advance up to 2 days before serving. Refrigerate
and bring back to a simmer, stirring, over very low heat before serving. Sprinkle a gener-
ous amount of the toasted almonds over each bowl of soup. 25

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24

Coconut and Winter Squash Soup


D a i s y ’ s F i e s ta

with Toasted Almonds


Makes 12 buffet servings (about 8 cups)

This soup draws inspiration from pumpkin pie, with its creamy texture and familiar autumn
spices, but it's given a tropical punch with coconut milk.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cinnamon stick


3 large shallots, finely diced (about ¼ cup) Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground
8 cups diced (½-inch) peeled and seeded pepper (preferably white)
calabaza, sugar pumpkin, or butternut One 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut
squash (about 4 pounds whole) milk
2 cups homemade or store-bought 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cloves
chicken broth ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
½ vanilla bean Toasted sliced almonds (see Note)

1. Melt the butter in a 4- to 5-quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the
shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Keep the
heat low so the shallots don’t brown. Add the calabaza and the chicken broth, raise the
heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick and season
lightly with salt and pepper. Adjust the heat so the broth is simmering, cover the pot, and
cook until the calabaza is very soft, about 20 minutes.
2. Remove the vanilla bean from the soup, split it lengthwise with a paring knife, and scrape
the vanilla specks from inside the bean into the pot. Remove and discard the cinnamon

T h a n k s g i v i n g B u ff e t
stick. Working in batches, blend the soup until very smooth. To avoid splattering, either
let the soup cool to tepid or work in very small batches and use a folded-up kitchen towel
to clamp the lid to the blender while the machine is running. Pour each batch into a clean
pot as you finish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Whisk in the coconut milk, cloves, and allspice. Heat the soup gently until heated through.
The soup can be prepared completely in advance up to 2 days before serving. Refrigerate
and bring back to a simmer, stirring, over very low heat before serving. Sprinkle a gener-
ous amount of the toasted almonds over each bowl of soup. 25

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Baby Spinach Salad with Melon,


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Almonds, and Serrano Ham


Makes 6 servings

¼ large (about 6 pounds) honeydew Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground
¼ small (about 5 pounds) seedless pepper
watermelon 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
6 slices country bread or not too large boule ¼ cup Marcona almonds, toasted (see
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for Note)
brushing the bread 12 very thin slices serrano ham or
One 5-ounce bag baby spinach (about prosciutto
6 cups), washed and dried (preferably
in a salad spinner)

1. Scrape out any seeds from the honeydew. (Don’t worry about removing the few tiny seeds
you will find in the watermelon.) Using the small end of a melon baller, cut both melons
into balls. You will need 3 to 4 cups for the salad. Alternatively, cut the melons into ½-inch
dice. Save the rest of the melons for another use. The melon balls can be prepared up to
the day before serving and refrigerated.
2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and
put them on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. Turn
once during the baking.

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3. To serve: Center 1 slice of toast on each of 6 serving plates. Toss the spinach with the ¼ cup
olive oil. Season the spinach with salt (go lightly—the ham will add more salt) and pepper.
Add the melon balls, sprinkle the lime juice over the greens, and toss until the greens and
melon are coated with dressing. Mound some of the salad over each slice of toast and sprinkle
the almonds over the salad. Crisscross 2 slices of ham over the salad and serve immediately.

Note: To toast the almonds, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven,
stirring once or twice so they cook evenly, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Melon, Almonds, and Serrano Ham and Guava-linis.

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42

Baby Spinach Salad with Melon,


D a i s y ’ s F i e s ta

Almonds, and Serrano Ham


Makes 6 servings

¼ large (about 6 pounds) honeydew Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground
¼ small (about 5 pounds) seedless pepper
watermelon 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
6 slices country bread or not too large boule ¼ cup Marcona almonds, toasted (see
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for Note)
brushing the bread 12 very thin slices serrano ham or
One 5-ounce bag baby spinach (about prosciutto
6 cups), washed and dried (preferably
in a salad spinner)

1. Scrape out any seeds from the honeydew. (Don’t worry about removing the few tiny seeds
you will find in the watermelon.) Using the small end of a melon baller, cut both melons
into balls. You will need 3 to 4 cups for the salad. Alternatively, cut the melons into ½-inch
dice. Save the rest of the melons for another use. The melon balls can be prepared up to
the day before serving and refrigerated.
2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and
put them on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. Turn
once during the baking.

Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch


3. To serve: Center 1 slice of toast on each of 6 serving plates. Toss the spinach with the ¼ cup
olive oil. Season the spinach with salt (go lightly—the ham will add more salt) and pepper.
Add the melon balls, sprinkle the lime juice over the greens, and toss until the greens and
melon are coated with dressing. Mound some of the salad over each slice of toast and sprinkle
the almonds over the salad. Crisscross 2 slices of ham over the salad and serve immediately.

Note: To toast the almonds, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven,
stirring once or twice so they cook evenly, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

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Baby Spinach Salad with Melon, Almonds, and Serrano Ham and Guava-linis.

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Basic Rice
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soaked, or else they take forever to cook and will cook unevenly. It is true that soaked beans
will cook a little quicker than unsoaked beans, but we’re talking minutes, not hours, and it
doesn’t seem worth it to me. As for cooking unevenly, follow these basic instructions and M a k e s a b o u t 1 0 c u p s ( 6 to 8 s e r v i n g s )

you’ll end up with evenly cooked beans with a creamy texture and no “bones” (hard white
centers):
This very simple method, which I have been using since I can remember, will result in perfect
Rinse the beans in a colander under cold running water. While you’re at it, pick over
rice whatever type of white rice you are preparing. Long-grain rice gives you separate, tender,
the beans and remove the occasional pebble or funky-looking bean. Pour the beans into a
fluffy grains; short- and medium-grain rice yield rice that is a little denser and with a little more
heavy pot large enough to hold them and plenty of water. My favorite bean pot to cook 1 to
chew. My rice of choice for the Arroz Mamposteado on page 107 is short-grain rice, which is
2 pounds of beans is a 6-quart enameled cast-iron Dutch oven. Pour in enough cold water
also a nice change from the everyday.
to cover the beans by 2 inches. Don’t add salt at this point. Add a couple of bay leaves and a
ham hock or large smoked turkey wings if you aren’t vegetarian and like a little smoke with
¼ cup vegetable oil
your beans, like I do.
4 cups long-grain, medium-grain, or short-grain rice
Bring the water to a boil, then adjust the heat so there is a happy bubble, not a full boil,
2 tablespoons kosher or fine sea salt
and start skimming off the foam that rises to the top. Most beans will take about 2 hours to
cook, give or take 15 minutes. During the first hour and a half, check the beans every once in a
while to make sure they are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Add more water to keep them
1. Heat the oil in a heavy 3- to 4-quart pot over medium heat. Add the rice and salt and stir
covered if necessary. When the beans are almost tender (somewhere around that 1½-hour
until the rice looks “chalky” and is coated with oil. Pour enough water into the pot to
mark), lower the heat to a simmer. Add at least 2 teaspoons of salt per pound of beans and
cover the rice by 1 inch. Raise the heat to high, bring the water to a boil, and boil until the
continue cooking them until they are tender. Don’t add any more liquid, but do keep an eye
rice just starts to peek through the surface of the water.
on the beans so they don’t stick and scorch. The end result should be a pot of creamy-tender
2. Reduce the heat to very low, give the rice
(not mushy!) beans and just enough liquid to generously coat them like a thick, silky sauce.
one very thorough stir, and cover the pot.
Once they’re done, you can leave the beans on the stove (but off the heat) for a couple of
Cook until the rice is tender but with a lit-
hours and reheat them gently when it’s time to serve them.
tle bite, about 20 minutes. Do not uncover
the pot or stir the rice while it cooks. Fluff

’tis the season Festive BuFFet


with a fork before serving.

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