TODAY Food Editor
In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much fun you can have (and money you can save) by cooking these dishes at home!
THIS WEEK: Atun con Calabasa Rostisada en Salsa de Aguacate, from Adobo Grill in Chicago
Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican ritual celebrated October 31st to November 2nd. It all started about 500 years ago when Spanish conquistadors came to Mexico and encountered natives performing a ritual that seemed to mock death. Today people celebrate this time with wooden skull masks and dances to honor the dead. In Chicago, Adobe Grill will be celebrating this event with a special menu that includes this “deathly” delicious dish, Atun con Calabasa Rostisada en Salsa de Aguacate (Grilled Ahi Tuna, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Hass Avocado).
About the chef:
After eight years of working in local Italian restaurants, chef Freddy Sanchez is glad to return to his ancestral cooking at Adobo Grill Old Town and Adobo Grill Wicker Park. He was born in a humble town in Guerrero and raised in Acapulco, Mexico, where he experienced the tantalizing sights and smells of the coastal city.
Freddy grew up watching his mother and grandmother create beautiful dishes such as tamales, moles and guisados in handmade clay pots at their kiosk in the local Mercado. He was always fascinated by the hard work that went into preparing the food as well as the different flavors of the Mexican ingredients.
In 2003, Freddy seized the opportunity and made the move to Adobo Grill, where he has been enticing guests with his various styles of cooking. With items such as “Ceviche,” “Camarones en Escabeche” or assorted “moles,” Freddy is setting the city’s taste buds alive. “It is great to see the guests, friends and family enjoy my food. It makes me feel proud of my culture and where I come from.”
Atun con Calabasa Rostisada en Salsa de Aguacate
Served at Adobo Grill for $19.95. This recipe is meant to serve 4, and is made available courtesy of Hass Avocados from Mexico.
To plate the dish
Put some of the butternut squash purée on a plate. Gently place the tuna on top of the purée. Drizzle sauce around the dish. Serve immediately.
Adobo Grill — Wicker Park
2005 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Adobo Grill — Old Town
1610 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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