Friday, October 26, 2012

Hollywood Tacos with Chorizo Fried Rice

Do you ever watch the Food Network and just have to have what you see on the screen!? I do, just about every other day. I saw these on Eat Street. They're called Hollywood Tacos. I obviously didn't make them "exactly" how I saw them, because they don't give you full blown recipes, but I took the idea and ran with it. This was my very first time, ever, using curry. I loved it though.
Here's how you make them:
Cut up some boneless skinless chicken thighs, sautee them with curry powder and coconut milk. Serve the chicken in corn tortillas and top them with cabbage, cilantro, and sour cream. Add some Sriracha sauce for a little heat. Dig in!
I made some chorizo fried rice to go with the tacos. Keep in mind, I was feeding 8 people, so you may want to halve everything I did.
For the Chorizo fried rice, which was to die for, you want cooked white rice (day old rice works best). I cooked 4 cups of rice in my cooker, resulting in about 8 cups once done. First, cook up some chorizo ( I used 1 tube of chorizo) in a big skillet, pork or beef, you pick. Once the chorizo is cooked through, add the rice to the skillet, fold in with the chorizo. Add about half of a drained can of pineapple tidbits. You be the judge on how much pineapple you want in your rice. The chorizo makes this a spicy side, but the pineapple compliments it so well. I didn't measure anything out for this meal, I was just winging everything. Those make for the best dinners though.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Rice Krispie Treats, with sprinkles of course!

When you live with a 2 year old, just about everything you do is topped with sprinkles. I don't mind though. If topping broccoli with sprinkles means my daughter will eat, then sprinkles it is! Just like her doctor said to me once, "hey, if milk means chocolate milk, then give it to her. Chocolate milk is better than no milk". I've created a monster.

Anyhoo, this was (believe it or not) my first time making Rice Krispie treats. I watched the Ree, from The Pioneer Woman, make them on tv a few Saturdays back. I've been craving them ever since. And what a great way to use Nila's latest bottle of Halloween sprinkles she just picked out last grocery run.

You Need:
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
4 tbsp butter, plus some to grease your dish
a 16 oz. bag of small marshmallows
1/4 tsp. salt

Grease a 13x9 baking dish, set aside.
Over medium heat, melt your butter in a big pot. Add approx 10 oz of the marshmallows, or a little over half the bag.
Stir until marshmallows are melted. Turn heat off. Add the cereal and gently fold into the marshmallow mix. Once it's all blended well, add the rest of the marshmallows and gently fold those in. This creates big clouds of marshmallows throughout :) Transfer to your 13x9 dish and smooth out. Top with sprinkles. Let cool completely before cutting.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Meat-atarian Sub

Looking for something to whip up during a game? This sub is quickly put together, and a real crowd pleaser. My friend Hillary passed along the recipe, she's been making this for her family for a while. I tried it a few nights ago and it's absolutely delicious.

You will need:
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan
(I used an Italian cheese mix- Mozz, Parm, Asiago, Provolone)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup mayo
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 loaf french bread, halved lengthwise
1 lb. sliced deli ham
8-10 slices of cooked bacon
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Combine the first eight ingredients in a small bowl. Spread over cut sides of bread. Layer with Ham, Bacon, Pepperoni, and pizza sauce. Replace top.
Wrap sub in foil and place on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min, or until heated through. Cut into slices.
p.s., I had pics of the "finished" sub, but they got lost before I could upload them. But, you get the idea...