Christmas in Mexico is synonymous with love, harmony, joy, but especially the gathering of family members. It’s a reason to spend time with our friends and family and be thankful for all the blessings and good things received throughout the year. For this same reason, we have chosen a truly festive Mexican dish, Romeritos, which is traditionally served on Christmas Eve.
The dish dates back to the Pre-Hispanic times and was highly valued by the Aztecs due to its high nutritional content and importance as an essential food source. As the years passed, the recipe developed into the traditional dish served today containing ‘Mole sauce’ and shrimps. The dish consists of sprigs of a wild plant known as Romerito that looks like rosemary, which is how the dish got its name.
- 1 kilo of romeritos, cleaned
- ½ kilo of nopales, cut into strips
- 1 onion slice
- A pinch of baking soda
- ½ kilo of baby potatoes, peeled
- 100 grams of dried shrimp
- 1 egg
- Vegetable oil for frying
- ¼ kilo of mole poblano in paste form
- Salt to taste
- Place the romeritos in a pan with a little water. Cook over medium heat slightly. They should not be thoroughly cooked at this time.
- Put the cactus and onion in a pot. Cover with water and add the baking soda and salt. Let the water boil over high heat, reduce the flame, cover and simmer until they are tender.
- In a different pot, cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender and can be chopped easily with a fork.
- Meanwhile, prepare the shrimps by removing the heads and tails of shrimp and set them aside. Submerge the shrimp in hot water for 10 minutes.
- Dry grind the heads and tails of shrimp in a blender or food processor. Beat the egg until stiff and mix with the powdered shrimp. Form patties and fry in oil.
- In a large pot, dissolve the mole paste in the water that soaked the shrimp. Add the romeritos, nopales, potatoes and shrimp. Cook over medium heat and season with salt to taste. Bring to boil for a couple of minutes and serve hot.
Why not try this traditional recipe as a side dish on your christmas table?
Original recipe can be found on All Recipes website