Growing up in a Mexican household, Mexican food has always been one of my favorite meals of choice. When I’d get home from school my grandma always had her signature frijoles con queso (beans with cheese) with homemade tortillas, tostadas topped with chopped up lettuce, tomatoes, parmesan cheese and slices of avocado! One of the things I love most about Cinco de Mayo (in addition to the sale on avocados) is the celebration of Mexican culture, food, drinks and being amongst good friends and family. Chef Luciana “Uchi” Davidzon was kind enough to join me yesterday to dish on the perfect Cinco de Mayo party menu which includes homemade tostadas, Bud Light lime-a-ritas, avocado mango salsa and yummy paletas. If your mouth is just watering reading this, be sure to check out the video below to watch Chef Uchi demonstrate how to create these lovely dishes and how to obtain the delicious recipes, so you can throw an amazing Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
Candace Rose: What’s the secret to throwing a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo party?
Chef Uchi: “I have a great menu and recipes so you can get out from the kitchen, join your guests and really have fun.
Let’s start with a cocktail. I have Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas, they’re so good and so easy to prepare, you just need to pop, pour ritas over ice for a really easy and delicious Margarita experience. You can make your unique margarita with the four ingredients I have here – the Lime-a-Rita, the Straw-ber-Rita, the Raz-ber-Rita and Mang-o-Rita. They’re so good, you can play and have your unique cocktail. For recipes you can go to Facebook.com/BudlightLimeRitas.
For an easy appetizer to wow your guests, I have here (please see video above for details) an avocado mango salsa. It’s super easy to prepare, you just need to dice the onion, the mango. You’re going to mince the jalapeño and the cilantro, and you’re going to prepare meanwhile the lime vinaigrette, and that’s it.
For the main course, I thought about something as simple as a taco bar, but something unique, cool and different, so I came up with the idea of a tostada bar because I really like tostadas. For that, you’re going to fry the tortillas ahead of time or you can bake them. We are so close to summer – you can bake or you can fry, it’s going to taste great.
Another thing that you want to do in advance is have a toppings bar with different ingredients, like traditional ones – pico de gallo, guacamole, black bean dip, whatever you want. Then maybe you can have a little more exotic flavors. I like to have cabbage for example because it gives it a great color to the dishes. For me, the great idea of the tostadas party is your guests are going to serve themselves, so you’re going to be able to join them and to have fun, so I thought it was a cool idea.
The last part and not least, dessert! For dessert, I came up with the idea of paletas. Paletas is a Mexican ice pop, I really like it, because again it’s refreshing, it’s light. It goes super well with the whole menu and it’s also ready to serve. Give yourself a break, have fun. I really love the idea of this dessert. For me, no matter what route you choose, for me on Cinco de Mayo the most important thing is getting together with friends and family and really celebrate that. Have fun with them, so maybe this is your new favorite party tradition.”
Candace Rose: Everything sounds delicious! What would be your favorite paleta flavor (to pair with the menu)?
Chef Uchi: “What I love about paletas is you can be very creative because you can play with so many different ingredients. This time I’ve done pineapple coconut flavor, but I like many, really honestly. I like so many flavors, I like passionfruit, mango, I like many, really. I love fruit, so I like to play with all of them.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Chef Uchi: “You can go to my site, www.Latinfoodlovers.com. I’m going to download many recipes for Cinco de Mayo.”