he tacos today will be Beef Brisket Tacos with Chipotle Sauce. You may have smelled the aromas of the beef when you came in this morning. It was roasting all night so that today it will be falling apart tender. The brisket will be served on freshly made corn tortillas (gluten free!) and there will be pico de gallo available for you to put on top if you want. Pico de gallo is a salsa of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and lime juice. Oscar made these for us last year and they were “wowza”I The chipotle sauce on the tacos is made using onions, garlic, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. We’ll add a little brown sugar to the sauce to balance all the flavors of the ingredients. It tastes like a Mexican barbecue sauce!
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Today’s entrée is a chicken dish that Chef Oscar created a little over a year ago. He had been searching for various ways to braise chicken. None of them appealed to his creativity. So he did what any good chef would do he used techniques that he read about to create his own method and flavors for braising chicken. Keep in mind that braising means that the protein is first browned and then finished in liquid, usually in a heavy pot in the oven. Today’s Braised Chicken has been marinating overnight in a paste of chipotle peppers in adobo, garlic, olive oil, onions, paprika, cumin, chili powder, sherry vinegar and salt. Once the ingredients are pureed until the onions or finely chopped, the chicken is covered with the puree and left to marinate overnight. This morning the chicken will be removed from the marinade and roasted in a hot oven until it just begins to brown. At that point the chicken will be put in serving pans and covered with the braising liquid which consists of chicken stock, tomatoes, fresh corn, garlic, scallions and cumin. It will be returned to the oven to finish cooking. When the chicken is fully cooked it will be removed from the oven and it is ready to serve. Sounds like this recipe has bits and pieces from various latin cuisines along with American influences. The technique for cooking is definitely French. Kudos to Oscar’s determination and creativity to come up with a delicious braised chicken. I know it’s good because he has made it for us before!