Thursday, May 3, 2012


you didn't think we were celebrating our favorite holiday with just salsa & guac, right?

we tried our hand at mexican popsicles - called paletas.
the flavors sound crazy, but we had to make them authentic!
pineapple & avocado.
both flavors we normally love, but they are totally different when made into paletas!
you'll have to try them for yourself :)

spicy pineapple paletas
(makes 8-10)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 pineapple
1 jalapeno
2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp ancho chile pepper
1/2 tsp salt

combine water and sugar in saucepan. bring to boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. cut jalapeno in half and remove seeds. add jalapeno to water, lower heat, and let simmer for 5 minutes. let water cool to room temperature and then strain to remove jalapeno. dice 1 1/2 cups of pineapple and combine with chile pepper and salt in bowl. coarsely chop the rest of the pineapple and place in blender. add sugar water and lime juice to blender also. blend until smooth and then stir in your chopped pineapple. pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze (we left ours in for about 24 hours).

avocado paletas
(makes 3-4)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 avocado
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt

combine water and sugar in saucepan. bring to boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. let cool to room temperature. cut avocado in half lengthwise, remove pit, and scoop avocado into blender. then add in sugar water and salt and blend until smooth.  pour mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze. 

and if you want to have a true fiesta,
you're gonna need some decor to go with your sombrero :)

fiesta fringe rings
embroidery ring
bright tissue paper
tacky glue

cut three 2 ft. long pieces of string. knot one end of first string around the embroidery ring. repeat this step with the other two strings (space them evenly around the ring). gather all three loose ends and make a knot that will hold your ring level. next, cut 6x6 in. squares of tissue paper (number of squares needed will depend on the size of your ring and how many layers you want). using your scissors, fringe your tissue paper - leaving about 1 to 1 1/2  in. uncut. after you have cut your desired amount of fringe, apply tacky glue to inside of ring and fold the end of "un-fringed" tissue paper over the top of the embroidery ring. continue this step all the way around the ring.

when you're done, hang in an open space
eat your paletas
and have yourself a fiesta.

paleta recipes inspired by oregon live & serious eats.

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