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April 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Arriba! Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. Bright colors, spirited music and flavorful foods are the very essence of Cinco de Mayo (May 5) celebrations throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The date honors Mexican patriotism and commemorates the Mexican army’s triump over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with a dish that offers a cheesy twist on traditional Mexican fare. This unique recipe for Fiesta Green Chile and Cheese Bread Puddings marries a blend of traditional Mexican spices with green chiles, California Monterey Jack and tangy sharp California Cheddar cheese.


Made using a muffin tin, these savory individually portioned bread puddings will add just the right flavor and flair to your fiesta. Fresh guacamole, chips, salsa and a crisp green salad with jicama, corn and California Cotija cheese will have your family and friends saying “muy delicioso!”


Fiesta Green Chile & Cheese Bread Puddings

(Makes 12 servings)

5 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup (21/2 ounces) loosely packed coarsely shredded California sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (11/2 ounces) loosely packed coarsely shredded California Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons canned diced green chiles
61/2 cups trimmed and cubed (3/4-inch) day-old French or Italian bread

Adjust rack to lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter 12 (23/4-inch, scant 1/2-cup capacity) muffin tin cups or ramekins.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and cream to blend thoroughly. Mix in the chili powder,salt, cumin and oregano, then mix in the cheeses and chiles. Add the bread; mix thoroughly.

Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin tin cups.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a knife blade inserted into the centers comes out clean. Cool 5 to 10 minutes. Slide a knife blade around puddings to loosen them; lift out of molds with a small spatula.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


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