Loyal to Local · Recipes

Loyal to Local: Frontera Foods

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Frontera: Rooted in Mexico, crafted in Chicago, available at home. Chef Rick Bayless’s Frontera salsas, chips and sauces provide an authentic taste of Mexico to all cooks in the comfort of their home kitchens.

grilled tostadas

Grilled Tostadas with Bacon, Avocado Mayo & Heirloom Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Foods

Ingredients:

  • About 1 dozen corn tortillas
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup cooking oil (canola, rice bran or safflower would work best) or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 avocado flesh scooped from the skin
  • Fresh hot green chile to taste (roughly 3 or 4 fresh serranos or 2 to 3 jalapenos), finely chopped
  • About 1/4cup (loosely packed) finely chopped cilantro, thick lower stems cut off, plus a few leaves for garnish
  • Salt
  • About 10 thick slices (10 ounces ) bacon, sliced crosswise in ½-inch pieces
  • A generous pound mixed heirloom tomatoes (different colors and sizes will make your finished dish more interesting), cut into ¼-inch pieces

Lay the tortillas in a single layer, cover with a dish towel or napkin and let them dry for about a half hour (depending on their moistness) until they are leathery—this will enable them to crisp thoroughly on the grill.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the egg yolks and lime juice and pulse until blended. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the oil (the yolks and oil should emulsify and become creamy). Turn the machine off, add the avocado, green chile and cilantro. Let the processor run for another 20 seconds to ensure the additional ingredients are incorporated. You may have to stop the machine once or twice to scrape down the sides.  Taste and season with salt, usually about 1 teaspoon.  Scrape the mayonnaise into a bowl and set aside.

In a large (10-inch) skillet set over medium heat, cook the bacon,  stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Strain the fat into a small bowl—you need ¼ cup bacon fat (if you’re lacking, add vegetable oil to bring it to that quantity).

When the tortillas are ready, turn on a gas grill to medium or light a charcoal fire and let the coals burn until medium hot and covered with grey ash. When you’re ready to serve, lay several tortillas on the grill and turn every 20 seconds or so until they’re golden brown and cracker-crisp; this will take 5 to 10  minutes depending on the heat of your fire. Brush the top of each tortilla generously with the bacon fat or oil and let the tortillas crisp a little longer, then remove them to a serving platter. Spread on some spicy avocado mayo and top with a portion of the tomatoes. Sprinkle each tostada with about a tablespoon of bacon, garnish with cilantro leaves and immediately serve to your guests while you make the next round.

 

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Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

Hurry in for our big watermelon sale this weekend, 8/17-8/20. Buy whole, seedless watermelons for only $3.99! No matter how you slice it, there are many ways to enjoy watermelon in salads, kebab, cocktails and more. You can even buy fresh Squeez’d watermelon juice in-store daily. Here are some easy & delicious watermelon recipes:

Grilled Watermelon

Ingredients:

  • 4 watermelon slices
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

Preheat your grill to high heat. Brush each side of the watermelon slice with olive oil. Grill over high heat until grill marks show, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from grill & season with sea salt.

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Watermelon-Basil Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Squeez’d Watermelon Juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. tequila or vodka
  • Fresh BrightFarms Basil leaves for garnish
  • ice

Add watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila/vodka and ice to a cocktail shaker. Serve in cocktail glass & garnish with fresh basil.

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Grilled Watermelon & Corn Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 ears of sweet corn, grilled & shucked
  • 4 slices of grilled watermelon, diced
  • BrightFarms Fresh Basil
  • 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Add corn, watermelon, olive oil to bowl and mix. Season with salt & pepper to taste and garnish with fresh basil.

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Watermelon Fruit Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • assorted fruit- grapes, melon, strawberries, watermelon
  • skewers

Add assorted fruit to skewers. Serve as is or for a smoky flavor, add the fruit to the grill!

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Watermelon Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon, diced
  • 3 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup Pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 Red onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 TBS fresh cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cotija cheese (optional)
  • Tajin (can be found in International aisle)

Sir all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Add to tacos, serve with tortilla chips or add to a salad!

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Spicy Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger; cut into sticks or chopped
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
  • sricacha, to taste
  • jalapeno, to taste
  • optional jicama and dragonfruit

Place watermelon, green onion, ginger, lime juice, salt and sliced jalapeno in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add sriracha sauce if desired, as well as jicama. Skewer watermelon pieces onto party skewers and place on wedge of watermelon.

Watermelon Cake

Ingredients:

  • one whole seedless watermelon
  • frozen whipped topping
  • assorted fruits

Slice whole watermelon into two to three layers. Cut off any excess rind. Top with whipped topping and add assorted fruits.

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Recipe: Mission Tortilla Rustic Balsamic Chicken Wraps

Tortillas are about as versatile a food as they come. They don’t have to be your ground-beef, cheese, and sour cream delivery vehicle, though by all means they do a mighty fine job of that. No, the tortilla, which originated in Central America thousands of years ago, offers almost endless culinary possibilities. Quesadillas, Sopes, Breakfast burritos, bread substitute, pinwheel appetizers,  Asian barbeque wraps; the list goes on and on.

 Our friends at Mission Foods have some clever ideas to offer up for your perusal. Like Creamy Blueberry Mint Wraps for your sweet tooth? Or a Prosciutto and Hummus wrap for a tasty lunch? And of course, what goes better together than grilled chicken and balsamic vinegar?  Check out their Rustic Balsamic Chicken Wraps here: http://www.missionmenus.com/en/recipes/view/mission-rustic-balsamic-chicken-wraps

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Loyal to Local: BrightFarms

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Mariano’s is committed to HEALTHY.  Mariano’s is committed to FRESH. And Mariano’s is committed to LOCAL.  So what better way to live up to all three than by growing our own salad mixes right here in Illinois! In partnership with Bright Farms, we grow fresh greens hydroponically right in Rochelle, only 2 hours from downtown Chicago.  Greens are harvested each day, and delivered to the stores the next morning, within 24 hours of picking! Buy a 4oz clamshell today through 8/23/17 for $2.50, or test some out in our salad bar!

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#NationalSmoresDay

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August 10 is #NationalSmoresDay! Get the campfire going and make this delicious treat at home. Add some flair to your traditional S’mores with these #MyMarianos recipes! The perfect summertime treat to make with the family! Find all the ingredients at your local Mariano’s, http://www.marianos.com/storelocator.

Chocolate Banana S’mores

Ingredients:

  • 4 Honey Maid Honey Graham cracker squares
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 4 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • ½ banana sliced

Instructions:

Place 1 Honey Maid Honey graham square on microwaveable plate. Top with ½ of 1.55 oz Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar & 1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallow. Microwave on high 15-20 seconds. Add banana slices & top with another graham cracker square, press gently together. Let stand one minute to allow chocolate to soften before serving. Caution: s’more will be hot. Adult supervision is required.

Chocolate Banana- Strawberry S’mores

Ingredients:

  • 4 Honey Maid Honey Graham cracker squares
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 4 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • ½ banana sliced
  • 8 strawberries sliced

Instructions:

Place 1 Honey Maid Honey graham square on microwaveable plate. Top with ½ of 1.55 oz Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar & 1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallow. Microwave on high 15-20 seconds. Add banana  and strawberry slices & top with another graham cracker square, press gently together. Let stand one minute to allow chocolate to soften before serving. Caution: s’more will be hot. Adult supervision is required.

Peanut Butter S’mores

Ingredients

  • 4 Honey Maid Honey Graham cracker squares
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 4 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • Peanut butter or sun-butter

Instructions:

Place 1 Honey Maid Honey graham square on microwaveable plate. Top with ½ of 1.55 oz Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar & 1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallow. Microwave on high 15-20 seconds. Spread graham cracker with peanut butter or nut butter and top, press gently together. Let stand one minute to allow chocolate to soften before serving. Caution: s’more will be hot. Adult supervision is required.

 

 

Loyal to Local · Recipes

Loyal to Local: Phoenix Bean Tofu

At Mariano’s we love our local vendors! When shopping in-store, look for the “Loyal to Local” tag to shop hundreds of items with local flavor. Learn how to make Miso & Sake Mussels with Owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu, Jenny Yang!

The soy experts at Phoenix Bean have cooked fresh tofu in Edgewater for more than 30 years. They start with soybeans grown in Illinois, then press them into tofu in Chicago. Phoenix Bean produces fresh and preservative-free soy products.

To learn more about our local vendors, visit www.marianos.com/loyaltolocal.