Q. I just started reading your articles in the newspaper and I like the way you help people find recipes they lost. My lost treasure is a recipe for making grilled pork kabobs with margarita mix. This was really outstanding and easy. I made these in the early 1990s from a magazine clipping. The magazine got tossed and I’ve never been able to find that recipe again. Here’s hoping.
Rosa Mexicano’s Stuffed Lamb
1 (6- to 8-pound) boneless lamb roll (saddle or loin), tied
Kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
6 to 8 garlic cloves
1 bunch mint leaves, divided
1 tablespoon fresh epazote leaves (Italian parsley may be substituted)
1 (16-ounce) block, divided, quince paste (in Latin and gourmet markets; guava may be substituted)
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup pomegranate seeds
Remaining quince paste
Remaining mint from bunch, including stems, chopped fine
8 whole garlic cloves
Season the lamb all over with the salt and pepper. In a heavy skillet or Dutch oven heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sear the lamb on all sides until a nice caramelized look has been achieved. Remove from the pan and let cool.
Make the cooking puree by combining the garlic, about 1/4 cup of the mint leaves, epazote or parsley in a food processor and pulsing to puree. Pulse in half of the quince or guava paste. Blend in the pomegranate juice. Reserve.
Make the filling by using your hands to combine the ingredients — the remaining quince paste, pomegranate seeds, mint and garlic cloves. Without unrolling the lamb, stuff in the paste from one end until it can be seem from the other. (This is a flavoring agent — remove most of it when slicing to serve).
Place the stuffed lamb roll in a roasting pan and liberally coat with the reserved cooking puree. Place in a heated 350-degree oven, basting frequently while cooking for 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the degree of doneness you prefer (an internal temperature of 125 degrees for medium rare to 145 for well). Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Makes 12 servings.
Per serving: 565 calories, 59 percent calories from fat, 36 g fat, 17 g saturated fat, 15 g monounsaturated fat, 175 mg cholesterol, 51 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 187 mg sodium.
Mini Tres Leche Cakes
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 cup whipped cream
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
14 maraschino cherries for garnish
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line mini muffin tins with 14 paper liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside. Cream the butter for 2 minutes on high speed, then beat in the sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla. Mix in flour mixture gradually until just combined. Spoon into the prepared muffin tins, filling them 2/3 full.
Bake 18 to 22 minutes, rotating pans 180 degrees after 9 or 10 minutes. Tops should be lightly browned. Remove from oven to cool completely. Unwrap from paper liners and poke each cake all over with a fork. Place each cake in a 4-ounce jar.
Stir together the three milks — condensed, evaporated and half and half. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mixture slowly over each cake. Cover the jars and store in refrigerator overnight. Just before serving, make the topping: Whip the cream with the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread over cakes and top with a cherry. Makes 14 servings.
Per serving: 272 calories, 37 percent calories from fat, 11 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, 6 g protein, 37 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g fiber, 122 mg sodium.
Hot and Spicy Crust for Baked Ham
4 cups homemade fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
Prepare the bread crumbs. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the bread crumbs and stir over low heat until the butter is absorbed and the bread crisps, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and remove from heat.
Coat a baked still-warm ham trimmed of brown rind and fat liberally with the pepper jelly. Use your hands to press the prepared crumbs into the jelly and cover the ham. Bake just until the crumbs start to brown, about 15 minutes. Serve within an hour. Makes enough to coat a 12-pound ham, 12 to 16 servings.
Per serving: 184 calories, 35 percent calories from fat, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 4 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 241 mg sodium.