Tonight [Saturday] is all about UFC 100. Only thing that can make a fight better, is some serious dude food. I can't let the TV showcase the all of the best knockouts of the night-- I need to lay some out on the table. Since the best sports party food I can think of is Mexican, I'm going to do another tribute to Rick Bayless to get the job done right.
Most of the inspiration comes from whichever episode of Everyday Mexican was on TV Friday morning. I spyed nose of the dog salsa, featuring tomatoes, habaneros, and radishes. Habaneros are definitely knock out material. He also made a really good looking braised pork, but this recipe is too much to remember, so I use the concept as inspiration. A beef dish should accompany as well-- we all need our daily dose of iron.
Gucamole is going to be another necessity, but it can't be another boring guacamole. Long ago I made an avocado salad to top skirt steak. I'm confident that I can refine these flavors to make a great guacamole. In case the habanero salsa isn't enough for everyone, I'm going to make a salsa verde as well. I've been craving salsa verde since my neighbors make some of the best, so this better work out.
This isn't as masochistic of a menu as some may think. I'm going to have a lot of inactive cooking time with the meats. While they're braising, I can prep the salsas or even clean my home.