Cilantro Foam

If someone were to ask me what fresh tastes like, one of the first tastes that would come to mind would be the fresh, crisp, tang of cilantro.  Cilantro is a very fragrant herb and a necessary ingredient in many of our favorite summer dishes. A handful of fresh cilantro mixed with tomatoes and onions make a wonderful Pico de Gallo that would be a refreshing addition to a barbeque. Cilantro sprinkled atop a taco just seems to make the taco more fun and of courses delicious!  Playing off this idea, today we bring you a recipe for cilantro foam to top your favorite tacos. This is an absolutely delicious addition to a favorite dish and will sure to become a regular addition to your taco bar.

When creating foam, there are two important components to remember: flavor and texture.

Flavor is probably the most important as the whole point of foam is to add flavor without altering the dish. Since foam is used in small quantities, be sure to extract as much flavor as possible when creating the liquid base. In this recipe, the cilantro is boiled, steeped and pureed to get optimum flavor. Straining the liquid is vital to achieving the best texture. If any pits of cilantro are left in the liquid, it causes the gas bubbles to pop, flattening the foam. . But don’t let this recipe overwhelm you- this recipe is actually quite easy to make when taken step by step.

 

Cilantro Foam

Yield 4 cups

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 pkg gelatin powder
  • 1 Tbsp cold water

 

Process:

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add cilantro, cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 15 minutes, then purée in a blender or food processor. Strain through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth, and set aside. Sprinkle gelatin powder into a large bowl, and slowly pour cold water over it. Let sit for 5 minutes. Pour warm cilantro water over gelatin mixture. Stir mixture together and pour into a whip cream dispenser and charge with one N2O charger. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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