DH Cooked: Nopalitos Salad and Corn Soup

Still playing catch-up with all of my husband’s cooking.  He’s learning how to cook one meal at a time through a Mexican cookbook.  Unfortunately, I’ve been lacking on the whole blog posting thing, so you guys are going to get a lot of cooking posts this week.

So… we all know that you win some and you lose some when it comes to cooking.  This meal definitely wasn’t on my list of tasty meals.  It was waaaay too sweet.  The textures were all wrong.  It just didn’t work for me.

OK, so for those who don’t know, Nopalitos are basically cactus.  And nopalitos salad involves cactus, red bell pepper, onion and vinegar.  For this recipe you’ll need a jar of nopalitos, 2 red bell peppers, a red onion, and red wine vinegar.

Roast your red bell peppers and then peel them.  We tried the dry frying technique this time.

One way to roast red bell peppers

Seed, stem and slice those babies and add them to a bowl with a sliced red onion and some drained nopalitos from a jar.  Toss with red wine vinegar and top with chopped cilantro.

Nopalitos Salad - Ready to Eat!

This salad might work better as an accent to a meal.  The nopalitos are very sweet and a bit on the rubbery side.  The bell peppers need to have  more texture – maybe 1 roasted, 1 raw?  The onions add a little bite and crunch.  I think it was just too much as a side for the corn soup.

To make the corn soup, you’ll need a bunch of frozen corn, a red bell pepper and a red onion.  Chop the red onion and red bell pepper, and then saute in a little oil until the onion is translucent.

Not Quite Translucent!

Cook the onions, bell pepper and corn in a large saucepan along with some cream until it’s hot.  Puree the mixture in a blender – careful, it’s hot!  Top with a little black pepper and some red bell pepper and enjoy!

Corn Soup, Ready to eat!

OK… so the soup’s texture was grainy.  The flavor was waaaay too sweet.  It just wasn’t for me.  The only way I could see it working is as an appetizer.  You’d have to have 2 other soups, serve them together in a shot glass with a crouton or piece of bread for each.  That’s the only way this one will work.  It’s just way too much sweet/grainy/weirdness for me!

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