One-Pot Wonders

Zucchini Romeritos-Style with Mexican Mole

August 24, 2015
3 Ratings
Photo by Victor Z Noble
  • Serves 10
Author Notes

Romeritos in Mexico is a meal that reminds a Christmas diner in a second, because it is prepared mainly during this festivity. The plant (Romeritos) is better known in north America as Torrey Sea-Blite, however prepare it during other time in the year besides Christmas is practically impossible, that is why I guessed the best way to cheat the flavor, consistency and appearance was using zucchini instead. —Victor Z Noble

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound Dried whole shrimps
  • 1 pound Mexican Mole Paste
  • 2 pounds Nopal Cactus cut in dices of 1/8"
  • 2 pounds Zucchini fine shredded
  • 4 to 8 tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 4 to 8 tablespoons Sweet Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dry shrimp broth
  • 1 pound Small red potatoes
  1. In a large pot boil 2 quarters of water with vinegar, cook the Nopal Cactus until the green bright color is gone (vinegar is to reduce the production of foam), drain the water and set aside.
  2. In 1 quart of warm water put the dried shrimps, let them rehydrate for as long as needed.
  3. Wash potatoes, cut in halves and cook in boiling water, must be firm, not overcooked.
  4. Add in 1 quarter of boiling water the shrimp broth, mix and dissolve well the Mole Paste, taste and add slowly the peanut butter and chocolate 2 tbsp at a time. Taste until de mole leave the hotter taste and turn to a sweet flavor.
  5. Add to the mole, the Nopal Cactus, whole shrimps, potatoes and Zucchini, let simmer at low flame and move constantly not to leave burn the bottom until the Zucchini is fairly cooked (do not overcook).
  6. Romeritos is a side dish that can be mix well served with a nice slice of roasted turkey, chicken or ham.

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