This is a Mexican take on a Sloppy Joe. The pickled jalapeños, which have been adapted from a Diana Kennedy recipe, have a bit of kick to them - add them to taste. You'll need to begin this recipe 2 days ahead.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 200 gm coarsely minced pork
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tsp each ground coriander and ground cumin
- ½ tsp dried Mexican oregano (see note)
- Large pinch of cayenne pepper
- 400 gm canned whole tomatoes
- 6 crusty white sub rolls, halved horizontally
- To serve: good-quality mayonnaise
- 400 gm firm fiore di latte, thinly sliced
- To serve: lime wedges
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 12 jalapeños
- 6 garlic cloves, bruised
- 375 ml white wine vinegar (1½ cups)
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 2 corn cobs, husks and silks removed
- ½ cup coarsely chopped coriander
- ½ small Spanish onion, finely diced
- Juice of ½ lime, or to taste
- 1For pickled jalapeños, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add jalapeños and garlic, stir occasionally until just tender (5-10 minutes), add remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, then cool to room temperature. Refrigerate to pickle for 2-4 days before using. Jalapeños will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 weeks. Drain and coarsely chop before serving.
- 2Heat olive oil in a frying pan over high heat, add pork and stir occasionally until browned (5 minutes), then set aside.
- 3Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until tender (5-10 minutes), add garlic, spices and oregano and stir until fragrant (1 minute). Add tomato, breaking up with the back of a spoon, and stir to combine, then add pork, season to taste and cook until reduced (5-10 minutes). Season to taste and set aside.
- 4Meanwhile, for corn salsa, cook corn in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water over high heat until tender (10-15 minutes). Drain, then when cool enough to handle, slice kernels from cobs, transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients and season to taste.
- 5To serve, preheat oven to 200C. Spread rolls with a little mayonnaise, spoon meat over, then top with a few slices of cheese. Warm in oven until cheese starts to melt (3-5 minutes), add corn salsa and jalapeños to taste and serve with lime wedges for squeezing.
Dried Mexican oregano is available from Monterey Mexican Foods (see stockists p185); if it's unavailable, substitute dried oregano.
This recipe is from the February 2012 issue of
Drink Suggestion: Cold Mexican lager. Drink suggestion by Max Allen