So we're at my brother's house to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and Bunny's birthday and he made an insane meal (as usual). He loves to entertain, probably even more than I do. He invited some of his friends (two couples had kids and one couple was pregnant). We had lots of fun sitting outside eating and drinking and watching the kidlets play. The menu was sorta Tex-Mex and included:
BBQ'd bone-in rib eyes
4 kinds of homemade salsa (2 kinds of tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, salsa made with dried chilies)
corn tortillas (both soft and crisp)
He also made her a quadruple layer cake covered in whipped cream (her favorite) and adorned with fresh nectarines. The bottom layer (for the adults) he soaked in pear liqueur. Mmmmmmm!
(My contribution was margaritas* served in Mexican seasoned salt-rimmed glasses. Natch.)
But one of the things he served was pork shoulder simmered for several hours in pasilla pepper sauce. Turns out it was the only thing he didn't actually make himself, he used Knorr-brand Pasilla simmer sauce. It was really, really tasty. (Wallie, my 9 month-old stew-eater, loved it.) I'd seen the assortment of sauces in the Mexican section of my local supermarket and was curious to try them. He doctored his slightly by adding a little tomatillo salsa. He sent me home with my very own box o' sauce so I will try it (without the added salsa) and report back.
I did notice that the sauce lists MSG as an ingredient. If you have a problem with it you might want to avoid it. I don't have a problem with it and grew up actually it (we call it aji-no moto after the famous Japanese brand) to certain (mostly Japanese) foods. My brother and I joke that if a Chinese restaurant advertises that they don't use MSG, then we don't want to eat there.
*My favorite recipe is simply 100% agave tequila, Cointreau, and lots of lime, over ice.