Hey everyone, it’s Cinco de Mayo! Though it’s Monday, we’re still hoping many of you have festivities planned tonight, which is why we hit up Food Network’s Ingrid Hoffmann for recipes and tips for the occasion. We also chatted about go-to Latin recipes, what Hoffmann’s Mom used to cook, and why Snoop Dogg is an ideal dinner party guest…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
A breakfast of eggs with avocado and cilantro and a green juice. For lunch, steak, rice and salad. For dinner, fish, roasted potatoes and greens.
What is your perfect cocktail comprised of?
Tequila, guava and jalapeño
Three things we don’t know about Latin cuisine that we should…
That it can be very healthy due to the vast variety of spices, herbs and healthy ingredients. We as a culture use lots of beans, grains, and tubers.
An easy go-to Latin dish in three steps…
I love my quick salsa verde because it has few ingredients and it is very easy to make…
1. Heat 3 tbs of corn oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add 1 pound seeded and chopped poblano chiles and 3 garlic cloves minced and cook until the chiles start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 1 pound of tomatillos quartered and salt, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the tomatillos begin to break down and release some liquid, about 10 minutes.
2. Transfer the tomatillo sauce to your blender and puree. Your salsa verde is ready!
3. Mix with cooked shredded chicken or sauteed shrimp.
What ingredient do you consider overrated?
Which ingredient makes anything better?
What do you make every morning?
Green juice and my egg white scramble cup.
Go-to recipes for eating in…
Sea bass or rice and fried egg with a slice of avocado, or arugula, fennel, cilantro and avocado salad.
Go-to recipes for entertaining…
A recipe your Mom used to make that you still do today…
Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and rice)
What’s always in your fridge?
Greek yogurt, champagne, wine, lemon, olives, Applegate Farms turkey, cheese, and herbs.
Your go-to afternoon snack…
Dirty Brand salt and vinegar potato chips and Coca Cola, or pistachios with Greek yogurt and apple.
What are your favorite restaurants in Miami?
What are your other favorite cities for food? Where do you go in each?
In Los Angeles, Pizzeria Mozza, Izaka-ya, CUT, and Kogi BBQ Truck. In New York City, Le Bernardin, Sushi Yasuda, Sushi of Gari, Feel Food, The Lobster Place, Halal Guys, Milos , Babbo, Maialino, and Bar Pitti. In Paris, Tse Yang, Cristal Room, Spring, Michel Rostang, and L’Avenue.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
Julia Child, Bill Maher, Richard Branson, Celia Cruz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Snoop Dogg. I’d make a whole pig marinated in Coca Cola, rum and sauer orange in the Caja China.
*For Ingrid’s recipe for Enchiladas Suizas, Click Here
*For Ingrid’s recipe for Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole, Click Here
*Ingrid Hoffmann, photographed at Feel Food by Danielle Kosann