It’s the season of parties and posadas and get togethers that sometimes require a BYOB (Bring Your Own Botana) or a potluck.
So in the spirit of sharing and caring, let me present to you one of my Mamá’s greatest hits, the Mexican Cilantro Mousse (or “mousse de cilantro) which I recently made for the first time.
This is a recipe my Mom got from an aunt in Mexico DF, when we lived there a few years ago, and she’s been making it on a whim for parties ever since. It’s very easy to make, inexpensive and yet makes a nice impression. Es un little touch medio “fresa” así como para un little party petite comité en las Lomas de Tecamachalco but totally Mexican curious. No es nada light, asi que les advierto que es un little guilty pleasure.
Mousse de Cilantro (for 6 people)
1 cup of mayonaise (I used Hellmans, it’s hard to find, but any mayo will do)
2 cups washed and dry cilantro leaves
1/2 onion (white)
2 chiles serranos
1 teaspoon consomé de pollo
1 sobresito Knox gelatin
1/2 cup of hot water
How to: Dissolve gelatin in the hot water and add with all ingredients in the blender until well blended. I did it in the vitamix for about 40 seconds on variable 7. (The consistency will be almost like a light green smoothie.) Pour into a small mold and refrigerate until it gels, hasta que cuaje, about 90 minutes. Once it’s ready and depending on how you want to serve, flip the dish while running a bit of hot water para que se despegue. You can serve it with bread or crackers. Enjoy!