When Harald and Renate Zoschke had their Suncoast Peppers, Inc. office in St. Petersburg, Florida, right next door was the "Kopper Kitchen," a great family restaurant owned by Fred Tirabassi. Every Wednesday was "Burrito Day," and Fred's special of the day was a delicious Cuban-influenced black bean burrito, accompanied by fresh salsa and rice, a vegetarian dish.
n Mexico, all sauces are salsas, regardless of whether or not they are cooked. But in the U.S., a salsa usually refers to an uncooked sauce. This is one of the simplest--yet tastiest--uses of serrano chiles. Serve this as a dip for chips or as a marinade and basting sauce for grilled poultry and meat.
You should make small batches of the dressing because the avocado will discolor slightly on the second day; however, it is so good and so versatile, that it probably won't last that long anyway. Using Champagne vinegar adds zest without the harshness associated with other types of vinegars. You can also serve the dressing over cooked chilled vegetables, such as freshly cooked asparagus or artichokes.
This is a simple but classic method of preparing any firm, white-fleshed fish in the Philippines. To make the coconut vinegar, soak 2 tablespoons of grated coconut in 1/4 cup white vinegar for 30 minutes. You can use a fish basket on the grill so the fillets don't stick. Serve with an Asian hot sauce as described above. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
Yes, you can grill some salad ingredients! This modified Italian recipe uses leftover bread, and grilling the stale bread keeps it from getting soggy in the salad. It is a nice accompaniment to grilled meats and poultry and the heat level builds as you eat it.
Since Chile has a 2600-mile coastline, I would be remiss if I didn't include a fish recipe from that country. There is a minimum of grazing land in Chile, so instead of beef being the major source of protein, it is fish and shellfish. The wines of Chile are quite good, so be sure to include a nice chilled Chilean white wine when you serve this Chilean ceviche. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.