Cocadas are a typical coconut candy or cookie that is served in Mexico, Brazil and over much of Latin America. They are oven baked but are served at room temperature to obtain their chewy and soft texture. Dalia Ceja presents her simple yet yummy version of this famed delight incorporating sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Try cocadas with cafe con leche or a bright dessert wine from Ceja Vineyards!
“Cocadas” a.k.a Coconut Macaroons
3 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium-mixing bowl, stir together the coconut, condensed milk, pecans & vanilla extract. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes.
Roll two tablespoons of mixture into miniature balls and place them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1- inch apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown (watch closely). Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Pair with cafe con leche or a yummy dessert wine!
Dalia whips up one of her favorite desserts: Mexican wedding cookies! Suggested wine pairing - 2008 Dulce Beso Late Harvest White Wine.
Mexican Wedding Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are very popular throughout Mexico and are savored throughout the year, not only at weddings.
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of white sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of water
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of chopped almonds
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
In a medium bowl cream the butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and water. Add the flour and almonds then mix until blended. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Shape dough into balls or crescents. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from pan to cool on wire racks. When cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Breakfast tacos anyone? Dalia prepares these delectable tapas infused with longaniza and potatoes. Ceja Vineyards' Sparkling Blanc de Noir in onhand as the perfect wine pairing. This yummy combination is sure to satisfy any morning craving or hamper any hangover!
Sautéed Potato and Longaniza Breakfast Tacos
Serves 4-6 people
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
10 ounces Mexican Longaniza, casings removed*
1 small onion, diced
5 garlic cloves
1 serrano chile diced
4 roma tomatoes
1 pound red skinned new potatoes, cut into small (1/4-inch) dice, and boiled
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the longaniza and cook, breaking up the clumps, until dry and crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a paper lined plate to absorb any additional oil. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and heat the pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, tomatos and sauté for 5 minutes (once there done cooking remove and set aside).
Next add the potatoes and sauté until brown, about 12 minutes. Stir in the cooked longaniza with the onion, garlic, tomato combo and season with just a little salt and pepper, to taste. Warm up some corn tortillas and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with a glass of Ceja sparkling wine and enjoy! Ole!
*Dalia's Note: Mexican Longaniza is an uncooked sausage, made with fresh ground pork and well seasoned with smoked red chilies. Since it's fresh, you will need to remove the casing before cooking it. They can be found at most supermarkets. This is also a great filling for a variety of tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Just add shredded cheese, beans or your favorite taco filling!
Dalia Ceja spices up a traditional potato salad with chipotle chiles and longaniza. Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay
Spicy Chipotle Potato Salad
Serves 6-8 people
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup plain yogurt (no mayonnaise)
• 15 small red potatoes (cut into 1-inch cubes after boiled)
• ½ cup of cooked longaniza
• 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
• 2 canned chipotle chiles and extra juice
• 1 red onions chopped
• 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
• 1 jalapeño pepper
• 3 long sticks of celery
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 5 hard-boiled eggs, cut into cubes
• Chives as a garnish
1. Fill a pot with water, add salt and potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until tender for about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
2. Boil eggs for 5-7 minutes. Drain and let cool. Once cool, cube eggs and remove half of the yolk then set aside.
3. In a sauté pan, cut the longaniza link until it's nice and crumbled. Cook until tender yet crispy on the edges. Once it's done cooking, place longaniza on top of paper napkins and set aside.
4. Finely chop onion, chipotle chiles, jalapenos, celery, and place into separate bowls.
5. In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, red onions, chorizo, jalapeños and ground pepper & salt. Mix ingredients until they are fully incorporated.
6. Add the potatoes and the eggs into the mixture. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
7. Enjoy with a glass of Ceja Chardonnay!
Dalia Ceja rings in the new year with a fantastic recipe inspired by her trip throughout South America last year. She pairs fried plantain chips (tostones) with a savory and spicy aji salsa. Suggest Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay.
Sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, churros are fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough, that originated in Spain. Dalia Ceja prepares her version of this satisfyingly delicious treat that has become hugely popular all over Latin America. Paired with Ceja Vineyards Cabernet chocolate sauce, these churros have something sweet for everyone. Suggested Wine Pairing: Ceja Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
From Mexico we bring you tortilla soup! Presented in a unique way by Dalia Ceja, this savory soup with spicy and smoky elements is a perfect accompaniment to any cold night.
Suggested wine pairing: Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir
Long a favorite from the Mexican state of Jalisco, tortas ahogadas have satisfied countless adventurous eaters. Dalia Ceja serves up this "drowned" dish using traditional birote bread, chicken breast and an assortment of veggies that's topped off with tomato and chile de arbol salsa. Ceja Vineyards' Vino De Casa White blend is called upon to complement this rainbow of flavors! What's your favorite type of torta ahogada?
Why throw away day-old bread when you can turn it into yummy bread pudding! Also known as "broodpudding", "Capirotada," "Migas" and "Pudín de Pan", this tasty dish is revered all over the world. In this episode, Dalia Ceja complements the bread pudding with Ceja Vineyards' Cabernet Chocolate Sauce as well as Ceja's Cabernet Sauvignon.