Restaurant Week New Hampshire
Bud Selmi has worked in the Mount Washington Valley for more than 40 years. A Certified Chef through the American Culinary Federation, he also works closely with the ACF’s NH Chapter’s Junior Program. In 1999, Chef Bud was named Chef of the Year by the ACF’s White Mountain Chapter. He is also the owner of Sizzlin Sauces, an award-winning line of sauces and marinades.
Margarita Grill in Glen opened in 1983, serving Southwestern-inspired cuisine. The restaurant is known for its own salsas and flavor enhancers. The restaurant is a NH Farm to Table Certified Restaurant that also is big in the green movement, using biodegradable takeout containers and actively reducing fuel, water and electricity.
Try out a recipe from Chef Bud:
Margarita Grill’s Fish Tacos
4 – 6 oz pieces of fresh fish (we use either haddock or tilapia) 1 oz Olive Oil Blackened Spice (see recipe below) 2 oz Tater sauce 4 oz Fresh Arugula (may substitute shredded lettuce) 4 oz diced tomato 2 oz diced onion 4 oz shredded Chihuahua Cheese (may also use mild cheddar) 4 8-inch flour tortillas (warmed) Honey Habanero Sauce (see recipe below)
Dredge fish in blacken spice, and heat olive oil in a large saute pan or skillet.
Place fish into hot pan, and saute for approximately 2 minutes per side until cooked through.
Add a dab of tartar sauce to each warmed tortilla.
Place cooked fish in taco.
Top with arugula, tomato, onion and cheese. Drizzle tacos with Honey Habanero Sauce (best practice: place Honey Habenero in a squirt bottle to drizzle on top of tacos).
To Make the Blackened Spice: ¼ cup table salt ½ cup brown sugar ½ chili powder ½ cup ground cumin ½ cup black pepper 1/8 cup cayenne pepper 1/3 cup paprika
Mix all ingredients, and keep in a sealed jar for use with your fish.
To Make the Honey Habanero Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream ¼ cup Honey 1 tablespoon Chili Sweet Sensation (from Sizzlin Sauces, www.sizzlinsauces.com)
Mix all ingredients together and place into a squirt bottle for easy application.