An ABC Kitchen Challenge! Are you ready?
Achiote is a tree which produces seeds that, when ground, has a very distinct yellow-reddish hue. Taste-wise, it's not terribly auspicious, which makes it perfect for the food processing industry, because achiote - a.k.a annatto - is a naturally occurring substance that provides a rich color (i.e. for dyeing) and does not alter flavor of the original product all that much. Score for Kraft, et al.
After cleaning out the food truck for winter, I had some avocados I needed to use up, and so upon searching the internets, I found an idea to make a citrus marinade for chicken breasts. But, I'd also add this powdery, organic version of Yellow No. 5. Top it with a black bean salsa and avocados? Done!
So. It's not a surprise the achiote doesn't do much for flavor. But for color, yeah, annatto really does its job. Notice the buffalo-Frank's Red Hot sauce color of the breasts, only soaking in the mess for about 8 hours. I *might* have used too many Sazon packets. But, you live, you learn.
With the corn and bean relish and sliced avocado on top, this is a very fresh, light entree.
Very nom nom nom.
I feel incredibly bad talking about andouille sausage here. Andouille is pronounced An-doo-we...it's French, or Creole, or Acadian. Or all of those. It's just really fun to say.
This is the "andoowee" I found at my local grocery store (same place I found the awesome achiote above). No Fillers!...Oh wait, except for the Beef Added bit.
If you Google andouille, you will see what it really look like. Because it doesn't look like this. When I cut this up, it looked like kielbasa, summer sausage, or some other generic Johnsonville product.
So, when I did Paul Nanni's Andouille Mac and Cheese, I realized why Paul Nanni makes his own andouille sausage. Because then, it's awesome and doesn't suck and is authentic. Plus, another million reasons besides. The idea is phenomenal, though, awesome French sausage in American Mac and Cheese. It will be tried again, because even though I didn't like the fake, bland andouille sausage, my kids freaking inhaled it.
And that's the A of the Day. Tomorrow, B ready for B. Hahaha.
It's been a long week. I send major love to all who need it, and to any whose hearts are hurting, I send my sorries.