Family Recipe: Escabeche
Escabeche is a typical Mediterranean cuisine which refers to a dish of either poached or fried fish (escabeche of chicken, rabbit or pork is common in Spain) marinated in an acidic mixture before serving, and to the marinade itself.
Source of definition: Wikipedia
Me: When did you learn to cook this dish?
Grandmother: I learned to cook it at 18 years old.
Me: Where did you learn to cook the dish?
Grandmother: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.
Me: What year did you learn it?
Me: How did you learn and from who?
Grandmother: It was self taught and when I was younger my older sisters would cook it as a meal.
Me: What was the result of the dish the first time you attempted to make it?
Grandmother: It came out good my first time because I figured out how to make it from the memories as a child.
Me: What are people’s reactions regarding the taste of the dish?
Grandmother: When I cook it, everyone enjoys the flavor.
Me: Is it a popular dish?
Grandmother: It is more popular during Christmas.
Me: What is it usually eaten with?
Grandmother: Usually during Christmas, it is eaten with pastels, pernil, and arroz con gandules.
Me: Where can the escabeche be bought or made?
Grandmother: It can be bought at a quiosco-(Street vendor) which is sold in a cup with a spoon for a reasonable price and is also available in restaurants and can be homemade.
Me: Is it normally eaten hot or cold?
Grandmother: It can be eaten both ways, depends on the preference of the person.
Grandmother’s Escabeche Recipe
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hr 15 min
Gizzards take longest to cook: 1 hour
Cooking method: On the stove
- Green bananas
- Olive oil
- White onion
- Cook the gizzard first and let it cook until it becomes tender.
- Once the gizzards are almost done cooking, cook the green bananas
- Peel, cut, and boil the green bananas in salt
- Drain half of the hot water from the green bananas
- Use the other half of water and put all of the ingredients together in a bowl
- Once everything is in the same bowl, stir, and a type of gravy forms