Yucatecan cuisine is one of the most fascinating and flavorful in México. It is based on an exquisite blend of ingredients and spices introduced by the Europeans during colonization. During this period, its ports became accessible for commercial trading with Cuba, New Orleans, and Europe, leading to the diversity of its cuisine.
Yucatecan food is famous for its unique blend of spices, such as pumpkin seed powder, oregano, red onion, sour orange, sweet pepper, lime, achiote (marinating paste), capsicum pepper (X-cat-ik), habanero chili pepper, and coriander.
Among the different activities available at Hacienda Tres Ríos, every week Chef Oscar shares his culinary secrets with our guests in his Flavors of the Yucatan cooking class. He provides cooking tips and includes unique, easy-to-make Yucatecan recipes in our restaurants so that after their vacation, guests can bring home a piece of the Yucatan.
We were very excited to assist Chef Oscar in one of his classes and sampled some of his delicious delights. They were so flavorful that we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what awaits you right here at the resort.
For all culinary lovers out there, brace yourselves. You are in for quite an experience!
This week’s recipes:
Xtabentun ShrimpXtabentun is a fantastic liquor made with fermented honey, from a regional flower of the same name, combined with rum and anise seed. It is commonly used here for cooking food.
Ingredients: Shrimp, Xtabentun Liquor, Garlic, and Chopped Onion.Fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes on low heat, then add sauteed shrimp followed by tomatoes, chopped cilantro, onion and the Xtabentun liquor. Once finished, season with salt and pepper.
Beef Filet with Charmula Sauce Marinade: Parsley, four garlic cloves, one tablespoon of cumin, coriander leaf, one tablespoon of paprika, one tablespoon of coriander seeds, ¼ tablespoon of cayenne pepper, two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil.
Tikin Xic FishTikin Xic is a very famous dish here and is prepared with a blend of Red Annatto (achiote), Orange juice, Sour Orange Juice, and Oregano.
Take a look at this video of Chef Oscar in action:
Next time you visit us, don’t forget to join our class!