Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fill me up and roll me like a Chicken Taquito!

I have been searching for a really good taquito recipe and I think I've finally found it! They are baked not fried and filled with yummy, creamy goodness. Enjoy.

Baked Taquito's
1/3 cup (3 oz.) cream cheese (room temp or nuked for 20 sec.)
1/4 cup green salsa (I used green enchilada sauce)
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin (I used more)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I used fresh)
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie picked up from Publix)
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese (I used about 1/2 cup of pre-shredded Mexican 4 cheese)
pack of small corn tortillas (room temp)
kosher salt
EVOO or cooking spray

  1. Heat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. I prefer parchment but if you use foil make sure to lightly spray it with cooking spray so the taquitos don't stick.
  2. In a bowl combine cream cheese, green salsa or enchilada sauce, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic. At this point I also added some chopped jalepeno (seeds removed) and an 1/8 teaspoon of ground red pepper. The jalepeno adds a lot of flavor but with the seeds removed not a lot of heat. As with any recipe just leave out what your family doesn't like. Stir all these yummy ingredients together until nice and creamy. Next add the cilantro (I used a little less) and green onions (I used a little more), stir until combined and then throw in the chicken and cheese. You can prepare this ahead of time and keep in fridge or be like me and do everything last minute.
  3. If you forgot to take out the tortillas don't worry just nuke them in the microwave in small batches until they are slightly soft. Using a damp paper towel helps too.
  4. Place about 3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture on the lower part of the tortilla. Don't go all the way to the edge or it will leak out when you cook them. Carefully roll them up as tight as you can and place seam side down on baking sheet. As you add more make sure they do not touch each other so they can get nice and crispy on all sides!
  5. Once all your lovelies are on the cooking sheet spray them with cooking spray, mister, or lightly brush on some EVOO and sprinkle some Kosher salt on top.
  6. Bake in over for about 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  7. Take those babies out and enjoy!
Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, queso, or ranch dressing for the kiddo's. Everyone in this house loved them and we are pretty picky when it comes to Mexican food. Served this one with some Mexican Street Corn and yellow rice.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cottage Pie Baby

Cottage Pie

  • 4 to 5 potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1lb of beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 bottle of beer (I use Guinness)
  • Frozen peas and carrots (I just add them until I like how it looks)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or fresh)
  1. Boil potatoes (I just cut the in chunks then peel them after they are done)
  2. Crumble beef into hot pan and cook until done.
  3. Add Worchestershire, beer,garlic powder, onion powder, salt/pepper and veggies. Let simmer so all ingredients take on flavors.
  4. When potatoes are done mash them with the 4 Tablespoon of butter or more if you like.
  5. Place beef in a 9x9 pan and top with potatoes.
  6. Cook @ 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until top is browned.
I like to serve this with a nice baby spring salad topped with strawberries, pumpkin seeds, and goat cheese. Enjoy!

Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

I usually do not enjoy baking anything that has the ingredient yeast in it but the boy has been begging me to use the box of Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix. There is a recipe on the side of the box for Cinnamon Rolls and the front of the box says Scratch Baking Made Easy! How could I say no? He had been gone overnight for a sleepover and I missed him so giving in was pretty quick. I have to say that it was pretty easy. I did forget to add the egg and sugar but after pounding, I mean kneading it into the dough all was good. The dough was pretty easy to work with, not very sticky at all and the whole recipe came together in about 20 minutes.