September in Mexico: the month for Chiles en Nogada
The month of September is one of great importance in Mexico. The 16th of each September marks another year of the country’s independence, however, the month of September also celebrates one of the country’s finest dishes.
Like most grand celebrations, traditional foods are prepared and become as much a part of the celebration as the day itself. Around nearly every corner of Mexico, Chiles en Nogada makes its brief run throughout the country.While the main ingredients of walnuts and pomegranate seeds are only available during this time of year, the dish has always been a traditional part of the country’s Independence Day. It is said Chiles en Nogada was prepared for the first time to entertain emperor, Augustin del Iturbide, when he went to the city after his naming as Agustin I. Since then, this famous Mexican dish has become the pride of the state of Puebla and enjoyed by nearly every part of the country. .
Chiles en Nogada uses an extensive list of ingredients, some of which include apples, pears, peaches, double cream, fresh cheese and poblano chiles filled with spicy ground beef, topped with a walnut based cream sauce and garnished with pomegranate seeds.
Once complete, the dish is beautifully arranged on platters and decorated with the cream sauce, cilantro and pomegranate seeds – white, green and red – the three colors of the Mexican flag, making it the perfect food choice in which to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.