Monday, April 13, 2009

Cafe Rio Pork burritos, lime rice and pico de gallo

Cafe Rio Pork Burritos
4 lb pork
5 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 TBS pressed garlic
1 1/2-3 C. brown sugar
4 tsp cumin
4 C. dr. pepper
2-4 TBS molasses
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
uncooked tortillas
monterey jack cheese
green enchilada sauce

Mix all together in crock pot, except tortillas, cheese and enchilada sauce. Shred pork and put back in juice. Cook tortillas in frying pan. Fill (see Lime rice recipe to follow- great inside- and add your favorite beans). Smother with monterey jack cheese and green enchilada sauce. Bake till heated through. (I put the cheese inside the burritos too..)

*A healthier version that works is to cook pork separately, shred then put in- takes the fat out of the mixture- but its so good when its cooked IN with everything else!
*This feeds quite a bit- we halfed it and fed 4 adults and a child.
* The uncooked tortillas are KEY! They're in the cold section- by the cheeses..

Lime Rice for burritos:
1 1/4 C. rice
2 TBS butter
2 1/4 C. chicken broth
3/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 lg or 2 med limes- juiced
2 TBS chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp cumin
1 small can green chiles

Melt butter with rice in pan. Add liquid and other ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and cook 20 min.
(This is sooooooooooooooo good! It doesn't make as much as the burrito recipe so I make the whole thing..nice to put in the burrito and have some to eat on the side.)

Pico de Gallo
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t lime juice
1 t salt1/2 t pepper

This stuff is sooo incredibly awesome- its like the salsa they put on the side at Cafe Rio- Its really yummy- adds alot of freshness to the end!

We're huge fans of Cafe Rio and this was pretty legit. Enjoy!

-Cera E. (Albuquerque, NM)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Amazing Fall Dessert

We went to an apple orchard this week and came home with 16 pounds of apples (the kids were in charge of picking)!!! So in my quest to find many ways to use such a large amount of apples, I searched through Allrecipes for the perfect apple crisp. I hate when there is way too much apples and not enough of the yummy crust! This recipe is fabulous!!!! It seriously is the best apple crisp I've ever had and I usually don't like apple crisp. I'll post the recipe with some of the variations that others have made since I thought it turned out so yummy. I like it served a little warm best.

Apple Crisp

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 1/3 C rolled oats (I only had instant oats and it was still great)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 1/2 C butter
3 quarts peeled, cored, sliced apples (I used 2 qts)

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly (I just used my hands).
3. Take half of the mixture and pat it into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
4. Toss apples with cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. This was a variation suggested by someone and so I just eyeballed how much I needed to add some flavor to the apples.
5. Cover crumb mixture with apple slices, then sprinkle apple slices with remaining crumb mixture.
6. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender.

Marisa F.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cheese Scones

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
pink cayenne pepper
2 c. grated mature cheddar (Irish cheddar from Costco, Trader Joe's, or Wegman's works best)
1 c. full fat milk

1. Preheat oven to 430 degrees.
2. Sift dry ingredients together or stir with a whisk.
3. Add cheese, then milk. Mix lightly.
4. Turn onto a lightly floured tray, shape into a rectangle 3 cm (just more than an inch) high. Cut into at least 8 (my sister-in-law likes up to 20 smaller squares).
5. Slightly bake 15-20 minutes until golden.

Provo, UT

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ham and Spinach Strata

My friend Melissa posted this recipe on her blog recently. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it looks delish, so I thought I would share it here. She listed the actual recipe, and then improvised here and there--those minor changes are in italics. I am excited to try it!

3 or 4 large day-old croissants we used 4
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
2 cups grated sharp cheddar
3/4 cup diced ham we used 1 1/2 cups
6 eggs
2 1/4 cups half-and-half
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil

1. Butter a 9- by 13-inch casserole. Using a serrated knife, cut the croissants into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes (you will need 6 cups) and scatter half of them in the casserole. Set the remaining cubes aside for now.

2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Add the onion and sauté it over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the spinach (you may have to do this in batches) and cover the pan. Let the spinach cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Spoon the spinach over the croissant cubes in the casserole. Then sprinkle on half of the cheese and all of the ham. Next, add the remaining croissant pieces and the rest of the cheese.

4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, mustard, salt, pepper, and basil just until blended. Ladle the liquid evenly over the layers in the casserole. Press the croissants down gently with a fork to dampen all of it. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or overnight.

5. Heat the oven to 350°. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the strata in the center of the oven until it is puffed and golden brown, about 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer the casserole to a wire rack and allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings or 2 servings 3 times if you are me and Kyle

We topped it with sliced grape tomatoes and it was a perfect compliment. Next time I would try roasting the tomatoes. I think that would be good too.

Jessica D.
Highland, UT

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Easy, yummy pasta

I have a stuffed shells recipe that is really good--but time consuming to make. So when my friend sent me this recipe, I thought we'd give it a try. It has the same good flavor as the shells and is SO much easier. It's become a regular on our menu. We think it's really good.

Baked Spaghetti

Mix these ingredients together and place in a 9x13 baking dish:
12 oz angel hair pasta, cooked
1 egg
1 C parmesan cheese
2 T chopped basil

Mix these together and place on top of the pasta.
1 lb hamburger, cooked
1 (13 oz) container ricotta cheese
2 C grated mozzarella cheese, save ½ C for the top
1 jar pasta sauce

Sprinkle ½ C mozzarella cheese on sauce. Bake at 350 for about 35 min or until the cheese starts to bubble.

Columbus, OH

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lean 'N Green Chili

This recipe is flavorful, unique, and reliable. It's also low fat, low cholesterol, and low calorie. I've put a lot of the ingredients together in ziplock bags and put it together at a friend's house before. Might I suggest ending the meal with some giant ripe strawberries that are at the store right now and dipping them in powdered sugar? So perfect.

8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, divided
2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1-2 medium poblano chile peppers or 1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1 tsp ground cumin
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 (14.5 oz.) cans fat free chicken broth
2 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/4 cups salsa verde or 1 (10 oz.) can green chile enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp snipped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four of the tortillas in half and stack them one on top of another. Cut tortillas into 1/2-inch strips, place in bowl and toss with 1 tsp. of the oil. Spread in a single layer over bottom of pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until crisp, stirring once. Remove from oven,

Meanwhile, remove membranes and seeds from chile peppers; chop. Chop onion. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch pieces; toss with cumin in bowl. Fold one tortilla to fit into a grinding cheese grater, then grate over bowl. Repeat for remaining three tortillas; set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in 4-qt. casserole over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove chicken from casserole; add chile peppers, onion, and garlic, pressed. Cook at stir 3 minutes. Stir in chicken, broth, beans, salsa, and grated tortillas. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Snip cilantro with scissors and stir into chili. Ladle soup into bowls and top with baked tortilla strips.

Heidi R.
Salt Lake City, UT

Monday, February 18, 2008

Breaded Ranch Chicken

This is really easy to make and super good! It is one of those recipes that I have to be careful not to wear out, because I use it so often. You won't be disappointed by it!

3/4 C. crushed cornflakes
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

1/2 C. butter or margarine, melted

Boneless Skinless chicken breast halves

In a shallow bowl, combine the cornflakes, Parmesan cheese and salad dressing mix. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in cornflake mixture to coat. Place in a greased 9/13 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 350 for 45 minutes or until juices run clear.

Michelle R.
Alpine, UT