Monthly Archives: December 2017

12/19/17

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with Border Grill

New Year’s Eve Weekend Brunch

Celebrate the last weekend of 2017 with Border Brunch and bottomless mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys. Choose from unlimited small plates like Guava Empanadas, Chilaquiles, Steak and Egg, Chicken Tamales, Churro Tots, and more. View menus and make reservations below.

Las Vegas at The Forum Shops
Phone: 702.854.6700
New Year’s Eve Hours: 10 am–5 pm
New Year’s Eve Brunch Menu
Reservations

Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
Phone: 702.632.7403
New Year’s Eve Hours: 10 am–10 pm
New Year’s Eve Brunch Menu
Reservations

Downtown LA
Phone: 213.486.5171
New Year’s Eve Hours: 11 am–10 pm
New Year’s Eve Brunch Menu
Vegan Brunch Menu
Reservations

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Toast to New Year’s Eve with festive dishes or select from the regular dinner menu. Holiday hours and menus vary by location.

Join us at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay for New Year’s Eve dinner specials such as Oxtail Tamale, Charcuterie and Cheese Board, Mexico City Tuna Tartare, Pan Seared Tenderloin and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Crab Stuffed Lobster Fideo, Peruvian Half Chicken, Chocolate Tamale, Blueberry Ginger Tres Leches, and more! The 3-course dinner includes a glass of sparkling wine for $80 per person. New Year’s Eve specials and regular dinner menu will be available a la carte as well.

Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
Phone: 702.632.7403
New Year’s Eve Hours: 10 am–10 pm
New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu
Regular Dinner Menu
Reservations

Celebrating in Los Angeles? Ring in 2018 at Border Grill Downtown LA with a la carte dishes like Lobster Bisque, Seeded Lamb Chops, Negra Modelo Short Rib, and Café de Olla Chocolate Cake. Happy hour drink specials and regular dinner menu will also be available.

Downtown LA
Phone: 213.486.5171
New Year’s Eve Hours: 11 am–10 pm
New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu
Regular Dinner Menu
Reservations

New Year’s Day

Recover on New Year’s Day with a special brunch, lunch, or a celebratory Monday Taco Madness including all you can eat tacos for $20 per person and $20 margarita pitchers at Border Grill Forum Shops.

Las Vegas at The Forum Shops
Phone: 702.854.6700
Holiday Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm
New Year’s Day Monday Madness Menu
Reservations

Celebrate New Year’s Day with a very special edition of Border Brunch featuring unlimited small plates and bottomless mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys! Brunch highlights include Bacon Jalapeño PBJ Sandwich, Mary’s Chicken & Waffle, Steak & Egg, Peruvian Shrimp & Grits, Breakfast Fries, Campechana, and Churro Tots.

Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
Phone: 702.632.7403
Holiday Hours: 10 am–10 pm
New Year’s Day Brunch Menu
Reservations

Downtown LA
Phone: 213.486.5171
Holiday Hours: 11:30 am–9 pm
New Year’s Day Lunch Menu
Reservations

12/17/17

Chef Mary Sue’s Sicily Bike Tour with Tourissimo

To me, travel is like church.  When I go to a new place and experience new things, it puts all my problems in perspective and reminds me of how small I really am.  It also gives me an enormous sense of place, and connects me to the earth on a completely different level.  Getting outside and diving head first into the culture I’m visiting is always transformative, which is why I can’t wait to get back on my bike with Tourissimo for my second bike tour in Italy.

Last June, I was fortunate enough to join Beppe and his crew for an impressively planned ride through the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, I knew that I would be in chef heaven.  What I didn’t expect is how intimate of a look I would get at the locale.  Cycling through the countryside next to fields and fields of grapevines was one thing, but our planned stops along the way gave us unforgettable, hands-on experiences that no other tour could provide.  Our visit to a cooking school where we were able to cook with area chefs is an example of one of the many fresh angles this tour yields.  We ate so much there, but felt no guilt since we knew we were going to burn off every last calorie as we rode to our next destination.  You never know what surprises you’ll encounter when you roll into a new town.  Check out the enchanting town of Bagno di Romagna.

The last time I was in Sicily, I went with the State Department as part of the Culinary Diplomatic Corps where I competed in the Annual Couscous Festival.  This very friendly competition is more of a celebration of culture, as around fifteen nations bring in chefs to show what they can do.  It was here that I got a glimpse of the Sicilian compassion and way of life- and it’s stuck with me ever since.  I’ve always wanted to go back, and I’m excited to see what new perspectives Tourissimo can give me during our tour in a few short months.  If you come along with us, you’ll get the opportunity to view the culture of Sicily through a chef’s eyes.  Traci Des Jardins and I have been traveling together for the better part of 20 years, and we love discovering food together.  We would love to share that love for discovery with you as well, and May is the perfect time to travel to the region, as the landscape is utterly breathtaking.  We’ll play games, eat delicious foods, drink exquisite wines, get our exercise, and achieve a real feeling of reverence being on such ancient ground.  Traveling on the roads that centuries of our predecessors have traveled helps us connect with each other on a deeper level- and that’s something we need now more than ever.

If you love good food, cycling, and breathtaking views you won’t want to miss this special edition culinary bike tour from May 5-12, 2018.

Cheers – Mary Sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/17

Cheese and Green Chile Tamales

You’ll love this combination of roasted green chiles and luscious rich cheese. It’s amazing that all it takes is a great cheese and a great salsa to make a terrific tamale. This recipe can be split up by preparing the stuffing a day in advance.

Makes 12 to 16 tamales

Masa

1 pound ground masa for tamales
1/2 pound lard, clarified butter or vegetable shortening
4 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded*
1/3 cup Tomatillo Salsa, see recipe
1 cup chicken stock, cold or at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons salt

Place the masa and lard or other shortening in separate containers in the freezer for 30 to 40 minutes, until cold but not frozen.

Combine the roasted poblanos and tomatillo salsa in a blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth and set aside.  Mix together the chicken stock, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

When the masa is cold enough, empty into the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer with a paddle.  Beat on medium speed until the masa is light in texture, 5 to 7 minutes.  Turn the speed up to medium-high and drizzle in the chicken stock mixture.

Remove the lard or other fat from the freezer.  Turn the mixer speed up to high, add 1 tablespoon of the fat at a time, making sure each spoonful is incorporated before making the next addition.  Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 15 minutes total.  Test for lightness by dropping 1 tablespoon of masa into cold water:  If it floats, the mixture is light enough.  If not, continue beating at high speed a few minutes longer.  Add the pureed chile mixture to the masa, and mix well to combine.  Reserve at room temperature.

Stuffing

8 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced*
1/2 cup Tomatillo Salsa, plus extra for serving
1 teaspoon salt
3 packages dried corn husks, separated and soaked in hot water at least 2 hours or overnight
1 1/2 pounds panela cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
To make the stuffing, mix together the poblanos, 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa, and salt.

To make the tamales, spread 1 large or 2 small softened corn husks on a counter, with the narrow end pointing away from you.  Leaving about 2 inches bare at the top, spread a 1/2-inch layer of masa over the center and one side of the husk.  Divide the poblano mixture evenly and sprinkle over the portion of masa in the center of the husk.  Top the chiles with some of the cubed cheese.

Fold the side covered with masa over the chiles and cheese, and then fold over the other side to enclose.  Fold down the top flap.  Place the folded tamale on a large square of aluminum foil and wrap to enclose.  Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Line a steamer or a pot fitted with a rack with corn husks.  Cook over simmering water 45 minutes, or until the corn husks can be pulled away from the masa without sticking.  Serve hot with Tomatillo Salsa.

12/14/17

Pozole Verde

Pozoles, more like stews than soups, are even heartier than caldos, thanks to the key starch ingredient of hominy, a form of corn. These heavy hitters are a whole meal – like a crunchy salad served over a thick meaty broth.

Serves 8 to 10

2 tablespoons lard, vegetable oil or chicken fat
2 medium onions, diced
4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups canned hominy, drained
4 cups Carnitas, see recipe
4 cups Tomatillo Salsa, see recipe
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnishes
10 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/4 head cabbage, shredded
2 limes, cut into wedges

Melt the fat in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until golden brown and limp, about 10 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook briefly, just until the aroma is released.

Add the chicken stock, hominy and carnitas, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatillo salsa and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve with the garnishes for sprinkling at the table.

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