I have been all about the easy and quick to fix lately……..along with a little bit of comfort in my food. Maybe it’s the long dreary days, I know the days are really shorter, but when its gray and gloomy……they seem long.
Ok, so I made Monkey bread, I have seen tons of recipes for it, and decided to see what all the chatter was about……..
The chatter is…. it is “forking” delicious!!!! Mini Mexican Monkey Bread is individual little domes of pepper jack cheesy,and pull apart pretzel bread…….thats right, I said pretzel!
I have seen recipes from all kind of breads, pre-made, from scratch, frozen doughs and pop en’ fresh doughs. Anyway you make it, warm chunks of cheesy flavorful bread can not be wrong.Continue reading “Mini Mexican Monkey Bread”
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.