Good luck food: Heirloom bean and bacon tostada

Want to bring some luck into your day on this notoriously unlucky day? Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are here to help. Try the "two hot tamales"' recipes for a heirloom bean and bacon tostada with a cilantro aioli and a watercress, cucumber and orange salad.

Heirloom bean and bacon tostada
Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Heirloom Bean Salad

    • 1 1/2 cups dried heirloom beans, a couple different varieties
    • 3 to 4 bay leaves
    • 1 small onion, cut into thick slices
    • 2 cups trimmed green beans and yellow wax beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 4 ounces slab bacon or 4 thick slices bacon, cut into 1/16-inch batonettes
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    • 1/2 tablespoon honey
    • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 3 to 4 jalapeño chiles (red and green), stemmed, seeded, and finely diced
    • 3 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
    • 6 6-inch corn tortillas, fried until crispy
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded, for serving
    • 1 ripe California avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced, for serving
    • 6 pieces crispy Serrano ham* (optional), for serving
  • Cilantro aioli

    • 1 bunch cilantro
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

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Watercress, cucumber and orange salad
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Watercress, cucumbers and orange salad

    • 4 bunches watercress stems trimmed, leaves washed and well dried
    • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and julienned
    • 2 oranges
    • 1/2 cup Coriander Vinaigrette (see recipe below), to taste
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Coriander vinaigrette

    • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
    • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
    • 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

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