One Holiday down…one more to go. The Christmas season is full of parties and food. Appetizers top the list of party food for the season. Garlic Ginger Orange Scallop Wontons are a pretty addition to your appetizer list.
In the world of seafood shrimp, scallops and lobster are my top three. As I have mentioned in many a post, my best inspiration for recipes come from trips to the grocery store. A couple of weeks ago I was running into the store for just one thing. LOL.Continue reading “Garlic Ginger Orange Scallop Wontons”
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. If 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.
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.
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.
In a skillet over medium high heat sear the flank steak in the coconut oil. Just a quick sear for color.
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.
Remove meat from cooker and use for tacos,burritos, or nachos.
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.
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.
Well if you are a Football fan……..I am not………shhhh…don’t tell anyone. But Tim…….all I can say is if it’s about sports he’s about it. I don’t know about sports, but I do know what to serve to those who are…….Chicken Enchilada Meatballs of course. I mean it really is the best of two things that I love, Mexican food and Meatballs. With all the upcoming games you really must have those go to party foods. Bonus for these since they are made with ground chicken they are much healthier that the traditional BBQ kind.Continue reading “Chicken Enchilada Meatballs”