“Cooking is one of the great gifts you can give to those you love” – Ina Garten
This week’s recipe is…
Fish Taco Burrito Bowls!
We have a fantastic dish this week. This week we have a flexible taco dish that fits any occasion. And that recipe is “Fish Taco Burrito Bowls!”. Fish Taco Burrito Bowls are made from fish (or cactus for vegetarians), rice, tortillas, and the burrito bowl. The grilled fish is made up of filets of your choice, a shallot, garlic, olive oil, hot sauce, chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. (And for the vegetarian option, substitute cactus for the fish). For the cilantro lime rice, we need rice, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and black pepper. Next, for the homemade tortillas, we need masa (corn dough or flower), salt, cumin, and water. And finally, for the burrito bowls, we need romaine lettuce, tomatoes, crema(a Mexican heavy cream and buttermilk dairy mixture), lime rice, and grilled fish. This recipe yields 4 burrito bowls. If you view the Fish Taco Burrito Bowls recipe, you can view all the specifics. Now that we’ve learned about what’s in all the parts of our Fish Taco Burrito Bowls, let’s talk about the history behind this fantastic dish.
HISTORY OF THE BURRITO!
In order to understand the history of the fish taco burrito bowl, first, we’ll explore the history of the burrito. A burrito is both a Mexican and a Tex-Mex cuisine that is made of a flour tortilla and an assortment of other ingredients. The ingredients of a burrito are wrapped into a cylinder-like shape that can be picked up. This is different from a taco, where the tortilla is simply folded around the ingredients, not entirely wrapped. Often times, the tortilla is lightly grilled or steamed to make it softer and more inviting. This also helps allow it to adhere to itself when it is being wrapped, in the case of the burrito. If you ever eat at Chipotle, now you know how the magic happens! But what about a traditional Mexican burrito?
In Mexico, the traditional burrito is usually only filled with meat and refried beans. However, in the United States, burrito fillings usually include a large assortment of ingredients such as rice, both boiled and refriend beans, lettuce, meat, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and any number of vegetables. Burrito sizes can vary significantly depending on where you buy them, or how you make them! But what are some interesting facts about burritos, you ask?
The word burrito literally means “little donkey” in Spanish. (Burro meaning donkey). The name burrito was given to this dish likely because of the dish’s ability to carry a significant amount of food, like how a donkey would be able to carry a lot of cargo.
TRIVIA (FUN FOOD FACTS!)
Question: Which restaurant did burritos first appear in America?
Answer: El Cholo Spanish Cafe in Los Angeles during the 1930s.
Question: Who opened the Sonora Cafe in Los Angeles, which later changed it’s name to El Cholo Spanish Cafe?
Answer: Alejandro Borquez
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