“Pati’s Mexican Table” is the first Mexican cookbook I’ve ever owned and honestly, I think it will be the only one (unless she comes out with a second one!) This book impressed me from the beginning, with Patti’s inviting smile on the cover. As I flipped through the pages, the amazing photography by the one and only Penny De Los Santos told me this was a book I’d be cooking from for years to come. I purchased this book on Amazon along with cookbooks from Richard Blais and Jennifer Perillo – sometimes you just have to treat yourself, no matter how many free review cookbooks a food blogger gets.
Now, as you can see in the first picture, I want to make plenty of recipes from Patricia’s book, but they all have to wait. These Plantain Quesadillas jumped out of the page to me – plantains are one of my favorite ingredients, used in every day Dominican cooking and reminded me of home. But even though it was an every day ingredient in my hometown, I had never seen it being used as a dough for quesadillas! Pati scores more and more points for her creativity and fun use of ingredients such as this.
She does recommend using underripe yellow plantains and if you know plantains, you know they will ripen quickly if you forget about them. As you can see, my plantains we’re half black/half yellow (the more black spots on a yellow plantain, the sweeter and riper it is). This made the dough a little stickier, so just be sure to make this recipe as soon as you buy your yellow plantains.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can stuff the quesadillas with whatever filling you’d like – we choose refried black beans, fresh cilantro, and cheese as our filling and served with a homemade roasted tomato salsa. Nothing more satisfying then eating 3 of these freshly fried! Be sure to grab Pati’s new book, Pati’s Mexican Table from Amazon – it’s filled to the brim with traditional and modern Mexican recipes such as Chunky Poblano and Tomato Salsa, Crab Cakes with Jalapeño Aioli, and Apricot Lime Glazed Mini Pound Cakes, just to name a few. Check out her recipe for Red Rice on NBC Latino, a recipe for her Creamy Poblano Rajas on Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s blog, and I’ll be sure to make her Aztec Chicken Casserole soon!
Disclosure: I’m writing about this book not because I got it for free (which I didn’t, I purchased it from Amazon) but because I want everyone to go out and buy it. It makes my mouth water every time I flip through the pages and I’m sure you’ll love it as well!