Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), is a celebration of when the Mexican army was victorious over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. What has become a significant holiday in the United States, according to the History Channel, Cinco de Mayo has never been much more than a minor holiday in Mexico – while some areas of Mexico don’t recognize it at all. Rather than focusing on the original meaning around a military victory, the United States has turned celebrating the day by recognizing Mexican culture and heritage through parades, music and street festivals.
These tortilla pizzas are great for a party because they are easy and customizable. You could prepare the tortillas and leave different toppings out for your guests to pick and choose what they love best. Planning to have the party outside, you could even try grilling the tortillas rather than baking them!
Potato Poblano Gratin
This is not your traditional potato gratin, but one with a light heat and smoke from the roasted poblanos mixed throughout, accompanied perfectly by little pops of sweetness from the corn. A few simple steps of layering the potatoes and cheese with the poblanos and corn will leave you with this rich and decadent side dish your family and friends will love.
Queso Fundido con Chorizo
Looking for a quick appetizer for your Cinco de Mayo get-together? This queso fundido is cheesy, tangy from the Mexican-style lager and a little spicy from the chorizo. It is truly a crowd pleaser and goes well with a drink in hand.
Easy One-Pot Pork Carnitas
These carnitas make entertaining easy. With one pork roast, you can feed a whole party. The citrus notes from the orange peel permeate the pork adding a light flavor against the earthiness of the bay leaf. And don’t skip the last step of crisping up the pork, because it is that texture against the smooth avocado and fresh onion toppings that makes the whole dish come together.
While Cinco de Mayo may not be the celebration of Mexico’s independence, it is a celebration of victory in a very interesting battle. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, History Channel for more information on the 1862 battle in Puebla, against invading French forces.
As you celebrate this May fifth, pause before reaching for the tacos, and look for this traditional meal of Puebla, mole poblano. Mole, meaning “sauce” or “concoction” comes from the Nahuatl Indian word molli. This dish is a combination of dried chilies, warm spices such as anise and cloves, blended with a thickener. Watch how it is made, below.
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Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May), is a celebration of when the Mexican army was victorious over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. What has become a significant holiday in the United States, has never been much more than a minor holiday in Mexico. While some areas of Mexico don’t recognize it at all. Rather than focusing on the original meaning around a military victory, the United States has turned celebrating the day by recognizing Mexican culture and heritage through parades, music and street festivals.
Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo. To help with your celebrations, we have teamed up with our cable channel, The Food Network (Marcela Valladolid) to bring you a few recipes to keep in mind no matter if you have all afternoon to plan the meal or under an hour.
Ever wondered about the history behind the holiday of May 5th? Have you always thought it was the Mexican Independence Day? Well, it’s not. Cinco de Mayo is in fact a day to commemorate the victory Mexico had over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War of 1862. We know the day to be filled with parades, good food and tons of festive music, when in fact the holiday is a bigger deal in the United State than it is in Mexico. Watch this video through the History Channel, to find out more on how the Mexican army affected U.S. troops with their victory over France.
How will you celebrate this Cinco de Mayo? Here are a couple recipes to keep in mind this evening when celebrating with family and friends.
Chicken Mole Enchiladas
Mole is a traditional Cinco de Mayo dish, as Puebla claims to be the place of origin for the thick, savory and chocolate-tinged sauce. Check out this easy Chicken Mole Enchiladas recipe by Chef Marcela Valladolid from the Food Network:
Tres Leches Cake
This cake is sweet, spongy and a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As Tres Leches Cake translates to “three milks cake”, you can expect to use evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream to give this treat the light and airy texture that makes it delicious.