Carne Asada Nachos

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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

I have a new toy……I have a new toy …..and you-u don’t……….but you should, if you don’t this thing is AWESOME!!! I am happy dancing………why dancing you may ask……..my new toy helped me make my Carne Asada Nachos!

What is my new toy you ask??? It a Pressure Cooker, thats also a crock pot, and a rice cooker. Pressure CookerIf it just went to the grocery store, it would be the perfect appliance! LOL …….Oh wait…..it keeps the food warm after the programed cooking time…….it IS the perfect appliance!

Since returning from Vegas and having the carne asada tacos at Hecho En Vegas, I have been dying to try and recreate the carne asada. My new little toy made this a breeze. The flavor is not exactly like Hecho’s but it’s close. My meat was a little more done……first time with the pressure cooker ……..I wasn’t sure how long to cook it,so mine was falling apart, while Hecho’s was chunkier.

Now, what to do with this luscious, juicy,spicy meat……….Carne Asada Nachos……..of course! Nachos need cheese sauce. Neither Tim nor I really like the nacho cheese sauce,so how about queso blanco……hmmmmm. The recipe for the queso sauce couldn’t be easier, one bowl, it cooks in the microwave………one of the best inventions…..ever!! And in five minutes or less……. creamy and cheesy, easy queso blanco sauce.

Carne Asada Plate

I would like to be all homemadey but I bought some good restaurant style chips at the store instead of making my own. Hey……it was Sunday afternoon and there were football games that needed to watched……by Tim not me.

Now ,I had a plan…….heat the chips in a cast iron skillet in a 400* oven for about 5-7 minutes, until until they were warm and extra crispy. top with the carne asada, drizzle….ok, ladle the queso sauce on, then top with tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño slices, and a crumble of queso blanco cheese……the amount of toppings you put on these is up to you. OMG….these were fabulous!!!!! Crispy chips, juicy spicy meat, cool toppings……the perfect Carne Asada Nachos.

Carne Asada Chip
Since Tim and I have been married, I have a long drive to work, 40 minutes each way…….thank goodness for audio books……..but getting home late does not = time for making dinner and eating before 7 or 8 at night…….not good! But, with my new toy, the process can be sped up greatly. So, if time is of the essence for you too, look for one of these nifty toys for yourself. Looking to make a recipe now………. so I can play with my new toy.

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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup beer

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium high heat sear the flank steak in the coconut oil. Just a quick sear for color.
  2. Place flank steak and remaining ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on high for 30-35 minutes following instructions on your pressure cooker. If you do not have a pressure cooker you can use a crockpot. Adjust cooking time to your crockpot.
  3. Remove meat from cooker and use for tacos,burritos, or nachos.
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Carne Asada Nachos

Queso Blanco Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound White American Cheese, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno slices, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the pickled jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir.Continue microwaving at minute intervals until smooth. Allow to cool slightly and serve as a dip or over your favorite Mexican foods.

Notes

Be sure to use white American cheese not white cheddar cheese. The white cheddar will not melt they way that is needed for this sauce.

 

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

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Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

Well, the flu kept it’s hold on me all week…….ugh!

But, on a brighter note, I feel much better! So good, I made a little somethin, somethin for a snack ,which turned out to be even better for a lunch or brunch. Monte Cristo Skillet Bread!
It’s all the best things about a Monte Cristo Sandwich in a cast iron skillet.

Sometimes, in the food blog world, happy mistakes happen. I was trying my hand at making a bubble bread…….. cut up biscuits, sauce, maybe a little meat, and some cheese. These recipes are all over Pinterest.

All I had was a can of pop and fresh Italian bread, some ham, and swiss cheese. But I needed a sauce…….hmmmm. How about the egg dip you dip the sandwich in to fry it……..it could work…..maybe……and it would be baked not fried. Well, baked was good, and as my love for the cast iron skillet grows, I decided it would be a good vessel.

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

But, the egg dip for the sandwich would be kinda thin, so I added a bit of flour and some sugar for a touch of sweet. Dijon mustard for flavor……we love mustard at our house <3

I cut up the bread in fairly large chunks, cubed the ham and cheese and threw it into the bowl with the make-shift sauce, mixed it all up…..gently of course, into a cast iron skillet and into the oven. I must admit the baking time I was somewhat amazed by. It required a wayyyyyy longer time than I originally thought, but it was worth the wait!

While it was baking I kept thinking, it should have a dip? Monte Cristo Sandwiches are served many times with raspberry jam and dusted with powered sugar. I still like mustard with ham and swiss……..hey……what if I mixed the two together??? How sweet it was, adding just a bit of fresh rosemary……yum!

After letting the bread cool for just a few minutes, I realized my dream of a Bubble Bread was not going to come together, I cut wedges instead. A smear of the raspberry-dijon on a plate…….a little on the side for dipping. Monte Cristo Skillet Bread. Tim loved the raspberry-dijon dip which we both decided will have a place in another recipe.

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread 2

Now, this had a bonus for us…. I figured you could cut the bread into 8 – 16 pieces, depending on how you were serving it,how many you were serving, and if you had other stuff along side. We just ate it for a snack, so there was quite a bit left over………Grab and Go Breakfast……..yeah, just a quick zap in the wave and out the door you go. Now, I do not recommend the sauce for this……..cause if you are like me a drip will find it’s way to the front of your shirt every time!!!

No matter what you are serving this for ………lunch, brunch, snack or grab and go breakfast…try it ….you’ll like it!!!

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Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 – 13.2 0z. can Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup ham, cubed
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, cubed

Instructions

  1. Cut the french bread dough into large cubes, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder
  3. and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, dijon mustard, and egg
  5. thoroughly.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until
  7. there are no lumps. The batter should be slightly thin, but thick
  8. enough to stick to the cubed bread dough. If the batter is to thick
  9. add a touch more milk.
  10. Add bread dough, cubed, ham and swiss cheese. Place in a cast
  11. iron skillet or a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  12. Bake in a 375* oven for 18-20 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve with
  14. Raspberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce.
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Raspberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan mixing well. Heat over low heat until heated trough.
  2. Serve.

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Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

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Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Ahhh………….the Philly Cheesesteak…….it’s iconic. I know there are many versions out there. I recently saw a picture of a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich and it looked sooooo yummy. But it’s a lot of bread, so why not reduced the amount of bread? Make it flat…….oh yeah…..flatbread…….Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread!

This could not be easier. I used Naan bread on the  Middle Eastern Chicken Couscous Wrap and loved the taste of the Naan. So, why not top it with the Philly Cheesesteak ingredients, pop it in the oven and………..well, all I can say is yum, yum , yum!!!!

I topped the Naan with a pre-packaged ready to go steak ( you can use left over if you like and or have), sprinkled on garlic, and a little oregano, drizzled on steak sauce ( your choice), top with green pepper, onion, and provolone cheese. In the oven for a few  minutes and ta da……….Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread.

Tim and I both loved it. It can be made for a quick lunch or dinner, or for a late night snack………that you can eat on your new TV trays, while watching a movie or your favorite TV show. We got new TV trays after much searching……..thank you to our friend Carol for pointing us in the right direction for our purchase. Apparently TV tray are not so popular anymore…..lol.

Whether you have TV trays or not try the Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread….but try the TV trays.

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Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 1- 6 oz. package Grilled and Ready Seasoned Steak Strips or left over steak
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ cup steak sauce
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 2 Naan flatbread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Place Naan flatbread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  3. Place steak on Naan,sprinkle with garlic and oregano. Drizzle with steak sauce. Top with sliced peppers, onions and cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.