Alex Marsalek, Challenge 3

  • Alex Marsalek made Al Pastor Stuffed Mushrooms with elote popcorn for the third challenge in the 2019 Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Alex Marsalek made Al Pastor Stuffed Mushrooms with elote popcorn for the third challenge in the 2019 Cook of the Week Challenge. COURTESY OF ALEX MARSALEK

 
Updated 10/22/2019 3:10 PM

This week I prepared al pastor stuffed mushrooms with elote popcorn. This week overall, was very fun as I enjoy Mexican foods. I like to try dishes from other cultures and have found Mexican to be some of the best.

The al pastor dictated this dish. When I found out al pastor was one of the secret ingredients, I figured I should stay true to the al pastor and stick to Mexican flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Alex Marsalek of Antioch
Alex Marsalek of Antioch

When I saw the portobello mushrooms, I knew I was going to stuff them as they are an excellent vessel for stuffing.

The ingredient this week that challenged me the most was the popcorn. At first, I couldn't think of a way to incorporate it into a recipe, but as I began thinking of Mexican food, I thought of a delicious way to pair the popcorn with the Mexican inspired stuffed mushrooms. One of my favorite side dishes is elote, so I wanted to adapt a preparation to use popcorn instead of corn on the cob.

Adapting the elote was a delicate balance between adding regular elote toppings without making the popcorn too heavy or soggy. I was very happy with the result. My mom couldn't get enough of the popcorn. I'm going to have to make that again for sure!

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