Nopales are a vegetable made from the young cladophyll (pad) segments of prickly pear, carefully peeled to remove the spines. Amelia demonstrates how to prepare a popular Mexican salad using these slightly tart and crisp veggies. Suggest Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
From all of us at Ceja Vineyards, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year and many thanks for all your support. We wouldn't be where we are today without YOU! Here's to a fabuloso 2011 full of love, health, happiness, and of course, VINO! ¡Salud!
Winemaker Armando Ceja and President Amelia Ceja announce the debut of Ceja Vineyards' sparkling wines today, Wednesday, December 15, 2010. The 2009 Brut and 2009 Blanc de Noir, produced in the Méthode Champenoise tradition, are available at Ceja's Wine Salon and Lounge in downtown Napa at 1248 First Street or by phone at 707-255-3954 (available online soon).
Chilaquiles recipes were originally created to use old and stale corn tortillas. These popular Mexican breakfast dishes vary from state-to-state. This is Amelia Ceja's favorite chilaquiles recipe that she pairs with Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa Red Blend -- it's a winning combination to enjoy often with family and friends. ¡Salud!
2 dozen corn tortillas, each tortilla cut into 8 wedges
10 beaten eggs
salt to taste
3 lbs tomatoes coarsely chopped
3 jalapeño peppers coarsely chopped
3 minced garlic cloves
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium white or yellow onion coarsely chopped
Cotija cheese or queso fresco
Crema Mexicana or crème fraiche
Spicy Tomato Salsa
Place coarsely chopped tomatoes and jalapeño peppers into a saucepan – add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cooked tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and the cooking liquid from saucepan into a blender. Add minced garlic cloves and pulse until blended but not puréed. Then, add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a medium hot sauté pan. Next, add the coarsely chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the contents from the blender and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes – season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a large sauté pan, coat pan generously with corn oil, (1/4 inch), heat to medium high to high. When the oil is quite hot, add ½ of the tortillas, and fry until golden brown. Remove tortillas to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the tortillas. Wipe pan clean of any browned bits of tortillas.
Add 3 tbsp olive oil to pan, bring to medium heat again. Add the fried tortillas – next pour the beaten eggs over the fried tortillas. Stir with a spatula to coat the tortillas with the beaten eggs and cook until eggs are set (about 5 minutes). Next add the spicy tomato salsa to the egg mixture and stir until most of the salsa is absorbed by the tortilla-egg mixture (about 5 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few more minutes. Serve immediately and garnish with crumbled Cotija cheese or queso fresco, Crema Mexicana or crème fraiche, chopped cilantro and an avocado slice.
Derived from the Arabic 'al-bunduq' (meaning 'hazelnut'), albóndigas are thought to have originated as a Berber or Arab dish imported to Spain during the period of Muslim rule. From Spain, these tasty meatballs made their way into Mexican cuisine. Amelia Ceja prepares an albóndiga stew and pairs the savory dish with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Merlot.
Grilling tasty protein has never been so easy! Amelia marinates and prepares chicken breast fillets and skirt steak with veggies galore! Suggested wine pairing: Ceja Vineyards' Vino de Casa White and Vino de Casa Red Blend.
As one of South America's most popular seafood dishes, ceviche has inspired many palates with its citrus and spicy flair. Amelia Ceja creates a salmon ceviche this time around and pairs it with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Pinot Noir.
Long a favorite of Amelia Ceja, this creamy cauliflower soup is sure to warm your belly and taste buds! Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Chardonnay.
• Heat oil in large saucepan and sauté leeks, serrano pepper and chopped garlic, and cook until translucent (about 8 minutes).
• Add cauliflower flowerets, quartered potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes (or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender).
• In a blender, process cauliflower mixture until smooth and creamy, and return it to saucepan. Stirring frequently, simmer for 15 minutes until desired thickness (add more chicken broth if too thick). Add salt and white pepper to taste.
• Serve immediately and garnish with finely chopped chives and cilantro.
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols (Excerpt from Wikipedia).
In this video Amelia Ceja prepares Paella Mixta, a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and beans. This tasty dish is paired with Ceja Vineyards' crisp dry rose - Bella Flor.