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With Summer already upon us, not everyone likes to spend too much time in the kitchen fixing a snack instead of spending time with their families watching their favorite sports game. I thought I could make some suggestions, so here’s the recipe for a quick and easy snack-appetizer (or botana, as we call it in Spanish). This snack is simple, made with fresh ingredients, and (better yet) pairs well with your favorite beer! It’s also tasty enough to please picky eaters. If your family members are sports fans and are gearing up for the 2014 World Soccer Championship, this snack is something you can fix up right before the big game with time to spare.
These little green tomatoes, called "”Miltomates”, or “Tomate Milpero”, are about 1 inch in diameter, they resemble tomatillos and are about the size of a cherry tomato. They get the name “Milpero” because they grow in the cornfield between the corn rows, called “Milpas”. They are a little more flavorful than regular tomatillos and have lots of seed in a lighter color. Some of them have black or dark purple hues of color, compared to their characteristic green color. Miltomates can be used in salsas, stews, or moles, either boiled, roasted, fried, or raw. Look for them in Latin stores.
- 1 (12 OZ) Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
- 4 OZ Miltomate or tomatillo, finely diced. About 3/4 cup.
- 1/3 cup white onion, finely diced.
- 3 serrano peppers, minced or sliced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced.
- 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Tortilla Chips to serve
- Use tomatillos if Miltomates are not available in your area; regular tomatoes will also work just fine.
- You can use jalapenos instead of serrano peppers.
- I love to use the Ranchero Queso Fresco from Cacique; as you can see in the pictures, it crumbles beautifully. Other options are Panela, Blanco, or Fresco.
1. Gather all your finely diced vegetables in a bowl and mix very gently. Cut the cheese in large pieces and crumble with your hands.
2. Spread the crumbled cheese over your serving dish. Top with the miltomate and serrano mix.
3. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips.
Do you have a favorite homemade snack? How do you make it?