Cafe de Olla
- 2 cups of water in a pot
- 1 tablespoon dark roast coffee grounds
- 2 tablespoons grated or finely chopped piloncillo
- 1/2 stick of cinnamon
Chips & Hot Sauce
Hola! Como estas?! I hope very well, since it is a holiday and all! While it may not be one you're getting off of work (bummer), I am all about celebrating whenever you get the chance. I'll be eating tacos and drinking margaritas with my family tonight, but today I'm talking about 2 easy, everyday "recipes" that I enjoy all the time: Cafe de Olla and chips with hot sauce! These are both things that I ate during my vacation to Puerto Vallarta and started making at home afterwards because they were simple, yummy, and made me think of my hotel room on the beach (and all the great food we ate).
Cafe de Olla
Cafe de Olla, or "coffee from the pot", is named for the traditional clay vessels that the beverage was originally made in. The coffee grounds are boiled with cinnamon and piloncillo, which makes it a great beverage to have while in Mexico, but also easy to make at home. Piloncillo is the rawest form of sugar cane; it comes in a little cone shape and can be found in Mexican food stores in the baking aisle. You can also use brown sugar, but piloncillo has a richer, earthier flavor that gives Cafe de Olla its trademark warmth and deliciousness.
To make 2 servings you will need:
Heat your water; once it is at a rolling boil, lower to a simmer and add coffee, piloncillo, and cinnamon. Let simmer, uncovered, for five minutes and then turn off the heat. Give it a few stirs and then cover the pot and allow it to sit for another five minutes. Pour through a cheesecloth or fine strainer to serve.
This recipe is easy to size up and make for a large group, so it's a great option to serve at brunch! I love to have this with scrambled eggs and chorizo (but what I'd really love to have it with is bread pudding).
Chips & Hot Sauce
In Mexico, it's expected that you'll find potato or corn chips sold with a packet of hot sauce in the convenience stores. While in Puerto Vallarta, I got in quite a habit of consuming a bag with a cold beer during our siesta back at the hotel. Now, it's my go-to after work snack; it's easy to throw together while I'm preparing my real meal (though I'll admit I've just eaten chips and hot sauce for dinner on an embarrassing amount of occasions. I won't attempt to quantify.)
At it's most basic, it's simply chips, citrus, and hot sauce, but there is a lot of room to get fancy and personalize your favorite combination. I like enough lime juice to make the chips soggy (is that weird?), Cholula hot sauce, and a sprinkling of garlic salt over corn chips. My mom prefers baked potato chips instead; if I'm out of limes I'll use lemons, and I have some Tapatio hot sauce on hand as well.
It may be basic, but there's a reason why it's so popular (hint: because it's great).
Is anyone else celebrating this evening with some festive food and drinks? What are you making?