Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baked Chipotle Beef Taquitos

I have lost my steam for cooking dinner lately for some when I find a recipe that can use leftovers, I'm all over it!  It is especially great when the final product is phenomenal!  In this case, I made these Crockpot Beef Sandwiches earlier this week and the leftovers were perfect for these yummy taquitos.  Enjoy :)

Baked Chipotle Beef Taquitos

3 C cooked, shredded beef roast
4oz green chilies, undrained
1/4-1/2 t minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (I do 1/4 for mild spiciness)
3 t adobo sauce from the canned chipotle peppers (see below for note)
1 t garlic powder
1 t coriander
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
zest from one lime
1 T fresh lime juice
1 package Queso Fresco (about 12 oz)
6″ white corn tortillas (about 20) I decied I like white corn torillas WAY better than yellow.
olive oil or cooking spray
kosher salt
Note: If you don’t want to work with the chipotle peppers, or can’t find them, try adding some Chipotle Chili Powder. You can find it by the other spices in the grocery store. It will still give you a smoky spice, so start with a little and increase to taste.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Take your shredded beef and slice any larger pieces across the grain so you have pieces about 1/2-1″ long. Place in a bowl and set aside.
Combine chilies, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, garlic, coriander, cumin, chili powder and lime zest and juice in a bowl. After stirring to combine, gently toss together with shredded beef.
Wrap a pile of about 10 tortillas in damp paper towels and microwave for 1 minute to soften. (after those are used, do the next 10)
Working with one tortilla at a time, crumble about 1T queso fresco in a line across the center of the tortilla. Top with 1-2 T shredded beef mixture and roll that baby up.
Place seam-side down on a lightly oiled/sprayed baking sheet. Use cooking spray or lightly brush olive oil on the top of each one.  Lightly sprinkle kosher salt on the top of each one.
Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Recipe Source: Our Best Bites
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bloomin' Pizza Bread

For me, New Year's Eve is all about appetizer foods, and that's exactly what we had.  Lots of yummy appetizers.  This recipe had been on my list for a long time, and I am excited I finally got to try it! It was  so good, and my 4 year old couldn't get enough.  He was excited when he woke up the next morning and told me he was going to be eating it for lunch that day as well.  Now I am excited to try some variations on this bread...stay tuned! 

Bloomin' Pizza Bread

1 unsliced round loaf sourdough bread
12-16 ounces mozzarella or Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
1 (3.5 ounce) package pepperoni, halved
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
pizza/marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving.

Place bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and insert cheese slices and pepperoni between cuts. Combine butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. Drizzle or brush over bread with a pastry brush. Sprinkle bread with Parmesan cheese.

Wrap bread completely in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and pepperoni is a little crispy.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Top 10 All-time Recipes

Happy 2013!  I thought I'd kick the year off by sharing my All-time most popular recipes on my site, considering I have never done so :)  You will have to excuse some of my photos...they were taken a while back and are not up to par.  Hope you enjoy these as much as our family has!

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos 
(overwhelmingly the most popular recipe I have shared.  And with only 3 ingredients, how could it not be?!)

Chicken Broccoli Hobo Dinners
An all-in-one dinner.  Easy and belly pleasing.

Copykat Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad   Just like from your local restaurant.  Great side dish to any grilled meat.

White Chocolate Frito Popcorn
I have served this at multiple bridal and baby showers, and given it away as a gift.  I crave the salty/sweet combo!
Pudding Pops     Just like the Jello pudding pops you ate as a kid  

Buckeyes   In honor of my hubby's alma mater and our 4 years we lived in Columus, Ohio 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie   Perfect Valentines Day treat for your love...

Coconut Creme Fruit Dip  Yummy summertime snack, switched up a bit from the norm...

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring  A different way to make some sticky buns and just as good.

Copykat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup  Super tasty and ever bit as good as the $5 bowl you can get from the restaurant.