*recipe compliments Hibiscus Tacos recipe
So today on KAMR Studio 4 you’ll see a demonstration of how to prepare a unique taco dish using Hibiscus flower (in place of meat).
This vegetarian dish is a bit out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. It seems I’m always focused on making traditional/classical dishes and completely forgetting about those who’s diet is unlike mine (vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, etc.). Like many of you I find myself in a comfort zone that doesn’t extend much beyond my immediate circle of influence. It wasn’t until I met Meaghan Collier of Studio 4 that I began to really consider the idea of creating more meatless options. Meaghan is vegetarian, and in casual conversation with her I realize that there aren’t too many vegetarian options in the Beef Capital of the world…and, it’s my passion as a Chef to positively impact as many people as possible with the gift of incredible cuisine (because rarely do we eat without meaningful attachment). Therefore, my creative juices get going and I begin to see 100s of ways to use this ingredient and that concept with small modifications to create such cuisine.
One thing I do really well is to utilize ingredients in a multitude of ways. So beyond the Hibiscus Tacos (and Hibiscus Ancho Chile Coulis) that’s showcased LIVE on air today, I’ve used the re-hydrating hibiscus liquid to create a light, yet vibrant, accompanying beverage that in many ways is more traditional…here’s that recipe for you all to enjoy!
Agua de Jamaica
- 1 cup Hibiscus Flower
- 4 cups Water
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 ea Cinnamon Stick
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- 1 pinch Allspice
- 1 ea Lime both zest and juice
1. Bring water to boil.
2. Turn off heat and add dried hibiscus flower.
3. Steep 20 min.
4. Remove re-hydrated hibiscus for Hibiscus Taco recipe.
5. Add remaining ingredients to liquid. Bring back to boil (to disolve sugar)
6. Strain and serve on ice!
*Note: Don’t steep much longer than 20 min. or you will get an undesireable bitter taste.
*Note: Add a shot (or two) of your favorite rum for a great Summer Cocktail!
AGUA DE JAMAICA (Water of Hibiscus)