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                         YUCATAN MIXED-SPICE PASTE
 
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 Serving Size  : 3    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Sauces
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         Stephen Ceideburg
   12                    Cloves garlic, unpeeled
    2       ts           Dried oregano
    1       t            Black peppercorns (scant 1
                         -1/2 tsp. ground)
      1/4   ts           Allspice berries (generous
                         -1/4 tsp. ground)
      1/4   ts           Cloves (generous 1/4 tsp.
                         -ground)
      1/4   ts           Cumin seeds (generous 1/4
                         -tsp. ground)
      1/2   ts           Salt
    1       tb           Cider vinegar
 
     I ts all-purpose white flour
   
   Roast unpeeled garlic on a griddle or a heavy skillet
   set over medium heat for about 15 minutes, turning
   frequently, until blackened in spots and very soft
   inside. Remove, cool and slip off skins.
   
   If using whole spices, place oregano, black pepper,
   allspice, cloves and cumin in a mortar or spice
   grinder and pulverize thoroughly. Transfer to a small
   bowl and add salt. If using ground spices, combine
   them with salt in a small bowl. Mince garlic finely
   and sprinkle it with some of the spice mixture. Use
   the back of a spoon to work it back and forth, mashing
   it to a smooth paste. Add the garlic-spice mixture to
   the remaining spices in the bowl, then work in vinegar
   and flour. Scrape into a small jar, cover and let
   stand in the refrigerator for several hours or
   preferably overnight before using. The paste will keep
   for several weeks, refrigerated.
   
   Makes about 3 Tbsp.
   
   26 CALORIES PER TABLESPOON: 1 G PROTEIN, 0 G FAT, 6 G
   CARBOHYDRATE; 361 MG SODIUM; 0 MG CHOLESTEROL.
   
   From Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the
   Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless with Deann Groen
   Bayless (William Morrow & Company, 1987).
   
   Posted by Stephen Ceideburg
  
 
 
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