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Meal Ideas 02 May 2022

Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco Feast for the Senses

(Family Features) Busy calendars loaded with holidays, celebrations, parties and reunions make spring a perfect time for gathering with family and friends. Plus, springtime itself is worth celebrating thanks to warmer temperatures and longer days. Making the most of those joyous occasions calls for a menu filled with variety to keep everyone coming back for more.

Few options say “variety” quite like this Epic Taco Party Feast from Ericka Sanchez, creator of “Nibbles and Feasts.” Pay homage to Hispanic-style culinary and cultural traditions by loading your table with an array of family favorites like taquitos, tacos, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo and more. Add in the wholesomeness of Real California dairy like Cotija and Queso Fresco cheeses and cremas for a top-notch feast.

Elevating your dishes starts with these delicious options, but freestyling the menu is what truly makes it your own. Mix up proteins based on your loved ones’ preferences from carne asada and carnitas to shredded chicken and meatless options. Sprinkle, drizzle and layer cheeses according to your own cravings then finish with a range of toppings for customized classics.

Creating a taco and taquito table in your own style doesn’t just give your crowd what they crave; it also celebrates the people, culture and delicious dairy that goes into favorite foods while encouraging guests to connect through food and flavor. Make your own memories this spring by looking for the Real California Milk seal on cheese and dairy brands, which means you’re supporting family farmers by using quality, sustainably sourced dairy to foster family moments.

Find the full recipes, instructions and more ways to celebrate with food at RealCaliforniaMilk.com.

Epic Taco Party Feast

Recipe courtesy of Ericka Sanchez (@nibblesnfeasts) on behalf of Real California Milk

Top Row, Left to Right:

  • Cheese taquitos
  • Salsa verde
  • Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled
  • Pico de gallo
  • Potato taquitos
  • Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • Real California Crema
  • Tequila with chili salt (optional)

Middle Row, Left to Right:

  • Carne asada tacos
  • Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • Chicken street tacos
  • Real California Chipotle Crema
  • Carnitas tacos with hard shells

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

  • Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled
  • Real California Crema
  • Mexican rice
  • Carne asada tacos
  • Guacamole
  1. To assemble top row: Place cheese taquitos in pan, salsa verde in bowl, Cotija cheese in bowl, pico de gallo in bowl, potato taquitos on plate and Queso Fresco in bowl. Garnish potato taqitos with pico de gallo, guacamole, Queso Fresco and crema. Optional: Add tray with tequila, cups and chili salt.
  2. To assemble middle row: Place carne asada tacos on plate, queso fresco in bowl, chicken street tacos on plate, chipotle crema in bowl and carnitas tacos on serving tray.
  3. To assemble bottom row: Place Cotija cheese and crema in bowls, potato taquitos on serving tray, Mexican rice in bowl, carne asada tacos on plate and guacamole in bowl.

Photo courtesy of Ericka Sanchez (@nibblesnfeasts)

Source: Real California Milk

Grilling-Tailgating 19 April 2022

Chef-Worthy Summer Classics

(Family Features) Celebrating summer with sizzling meals starts with tender, juicy cuts of meat that take center stage when dining on the patio or firing up the grill. Call over the neighbors or simply enjoy family time with your nearest and dearest by savoring the flavor of warm weather meals.

Steak enthusiasts and burger lovers alike can show off their summer cooking skills with these recipes for Southwest Steaks with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce and Parmesan-Herb Fries and Fried Lobster Po Boy Cheeseburgers from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose. Thick, juicy, marbled steaks are cooked to tender doneness and complemented by steakhouse-style fries while savory lobster is combined with all-American burgers.

For seafood connoisseurs, Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo offer an easy way to add shrimp to the menu. Just fire up the grill and allow seared seafood to mingle with fresh, homemade toppings for a light summertime bite.

Find more summer favorites at OmahaSteaks.com/Summer.

Fried Lobster Po Boy Cheeseburgers

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: about 20 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Pimento Remoulade:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced pimentos
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced bread and butter pickles
  • 1 pepperoncino, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • kosher salt, to taste

Fried Lobster Tails:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup potato chips, finely blended in food processor
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 2 Omaha Steaks Cold Water Lobster Tails (5 ounces each)

Cheeseburgers:

  • 1 pound Omaha Steaks Premium Ground Beef
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 brioche buns
  • 2 slices yellow cheddar cheese
  • 3 leaves romaine lettuce, shredded
  1. To make pimento remoulade: In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, pimentos, mustard, pickles, pepperoncino, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, lemon juice and hot sauce until well-incorporated. Season with salt, to taste.
  2. To make fried lobster tails: Preheat grill to 400 F and add oil to 10-inch cast-iron pan, about 1/2-inch deep.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  4. In separate medium bowl, whisk egg, water and hot sauce. Set aside.
  5. In third medium bowl, whisk potato chips, panko breadcrumbs and parsley until well-incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Cut lobster tails in half lengthwise, remove meat from shell and season with remaining kosher salt and black pepper.
  7. Toss halved lobster tails in flour mixture first, egg mixture second and potato chip mixture third, coating thoroughly.
  8. Fry lobster tails 3-4 minutes on each side until golden-brown and cooked through. Close grill lid between flipping.
  9. To make cheeseburgers: Preheat grill to 450 F using direct heat. Form ground beef into two 1/2-pound patties, each about 1/2-inch thick.
  10. Using thumb, make dimple in center of each patty to help cook evenly.
  11. Season both sides of burger with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread butter on each cut-side of buns.
  12. Grill burgers 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness.
  13. Add one slice cheddar cheese on each burger, close lid and grill about 30 seconds to melt cheese. Remove patties from grill to clean plate. Place buns cut-sides down on grill grates and toast 20-30 seconds, or until well toasted, being careful to avoid burning.
  14. To assemble: Place desired amount of remoulade on buns. Place cheeseburgers on bottom buns. Top each with two fried lobster tail halves. Place handful shredded lettuce on lobster tails. Top with buns.

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Pico de Gallo:

  • 3/4 cup Roma tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons white onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, minced fine, with seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Guacamole:

  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Shrimp Tostadas:

  • 12 ounces Omaha Steaks Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned refried pinto beans or refried black beans
  • 4 tostada flats
  • 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Cotija cheese
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
  • 4 lime wedges
  1. To make pico de gallo: In bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice and salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To make guacamole: In bowl, mix avocados, lime juice, 1/4 cup pico de gallo, garlic, olive oil, jalapeno and salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To make shrimp tostadas: In bowl, combine shrimp, olive oil, chili powder, cumin and salt. Marinate in refrigerator at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Clean and season grill grates. Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes per side until lightly charred and opaque.
  5. Heat refried beans and spread 2 tablespoons beans on each tostada flat.
  6. Spread shredded romaine lettuce on top of beans followed by guacamole and remaining pico de gallo.
  7. Top each tostada with 3-4 grilled shrimp and sprinkle with Cotija cheese. Garnish each tostada with one cilantro sprig and one lime wedge.

Southwest Steaks with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce and Parmesan-Herb Fries

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2

Southwest Steak Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Parmesan-Herb Fries:

  • 1 package (16 ounces) Omaha Steaks Steakhouse Fries
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced

New York Strip Steaks:

  • 2 Omaha Steaks Butcher's Cut New York Strips
  • Southwest steak rub
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, cold

Peppercorn Cream Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorn medley, coarsely cracked
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. To make Southwest steak rub: In small bowl, whisk salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, chili powder, chipotle pepper, garlic powder and cumin until fully incorporated.
  2. To make Parmesan-herb fries: Preheat oven to 425 F. Place fries on baking rack on top of sheet pan; bake 25 minutes, or until golden-brown and crispy.
  3. In medium bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, thyme, rosemary and parsley until fully incorporated.
  4. Remove fries from oven and toss with Parmesan herbs.
  5. To make New York strip steaks: Season steaks generously with Southwest steak rub on both sides.
  6. In cast-iron pan, add grapeseed oil and bring to high heat. Place steaks in pan and sear 3-4 minutes on both sides for medium-rare doneness.
  7. Remove steaks from pan and rest 8 minutes; reserve oil in cast-iron pan.
  8. To make peppercorn cream sauce: Add brandy to reserved oil in cast-iron pan and reduce to 1/3 volume, about 1 minute.
  9. Add beef stock and reduce by 1/3 volume, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add heavy cream and cracked peppercorn medley to pan, bring to boil and reduce to simmer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Videos 18 April 2022

Sloppy Joe Mini Tacos

(Family Features) Liven up your mealtime routine with the fresh global flavors of an at-home fiesta for a memorable way to rethink your menu. With nearly countless ways to spice up the kitchen using inspiration from around the world, it’s easy to find something new and exciting.

For example, these Sloppy Joe Mini Tacos from “The New York Times” bestselling cookbook author Stephanie Banyas offer a true flavor fusion. The lively blend of ground turkey or pork chorizo, cheeses, spices and veggies pop when combined with the high-quality ingredients of Fresh Cravings Salsa.

These boldly flavored salsas are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp onions, zesty peppers and spices. Plus, they’re never cooked or pasteurized, meaning you’re enjoying a vibrant dip that’s never soggy or dull. Available in a range of heat levels among restaurant style, chunky and pico de gallo, they complement any at-home fiesta.

“This is the ultimate mashup of two school lunch favorites: Sloppy Joes and Tacos,” Banyas said. “It includes some serious attitude thanks to Fresh Cravings Salsa’s hearty blend of diced tomatoes, onions, fragrant cilantro and Anaheim and Serrano chili peppers.”

Visit freshcravings.com for more ways to spice up your at-home fiesta.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sloppy Joe Mini Tacos

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Yield: 12-15 tacos

  • 1          container (16 ounces) Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 3          tablespoons ketchup
  • 2          tablespoons yellow, brown or Dijon mustard
  • 2          teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2          heaping tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8          ounces ground turkey or pork chorizo
  • 8          ounces 90% lean ground chuck or turkey
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 15        tortillas
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1          cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1          cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (optional)
  • 1/2       red onion, thinly sliced, soaked in ice water 30 minutes and drained

Avocado Mash:

  • 1          ripe Haas avocado, halved, pitted and removed from skin
  • 2          tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1/2       lime, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In blender or food processor, process salsa until smooth. Remove 1/2 cup processed salsa and set aside for garnish.
  3. In medium bowl, mix remaining salsa, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar until combined.
  4. In large saute pan over high heat, heat oil until it begins to shimmer. Add chorizo and ground meat; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until golden brown and just cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add salsa mixture and water; bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Wrap tortillas tightly in foil and heat in oven 10 minutes. Remove and keep wrapped tightly until ready to serve.
  7. To make avocado mash: In medium bowl, coarsely smash avocado halves with fork. Add onion and lime juice then season with salt and pepper, to taste, and gently mix to combine.
  8. Place tortillas on flat surface, top each with meat mixture and garnish as desired with reserved salsa, avocado mash, cotija, Mexican cheese and sliced red onion.

Source: Fresh Cravings

Appetizers & Sides 08 February 2022

Guacamole Recipes to Make Your Big Game Menu a Touchdown

(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a big game party at home or hitting the road to join friends and family, scoring a touchdown with the crowd starts by supplying superstar snacks.

As one of the most popular foods at many watch parties, the options are endless when it comes to America’s favorite guac. From spicy versions with a cayenne pepper kick to bacon-loaded recipes worthy of a trophy, what’s your guac of choice? Check out these game worthy recipes, and surprising facts from Avocados From Mexico.

A Hall of Fame-Worthy Food

Did you know that guacamole from all of the avocados sold for big game parties could fill an entire stadium 12 feet high? You can join the millions of game watchers who plan to enjoy their guac with this Championship Guacamole recipe, a real craving crusher that can help make your crowd go wild. Smooth, crunchy, smoky and salty flavors all team up to sack hunger with a bacon blitz.

Spark Good Times

Light a fire under your crowd this year with Victory Guacamole, a perfect party recipe sure to spark good times. Take your tacos to the next level or dip a chip in this fiery recipe. Just one taste will win you over and victory is always good.

From the Farm to Your Table

If you’re eating guacamole during the big game, it’s likely to come from No. 1-selling Avocados From Mexico. During January and leading up to the big game, more than 95% of avocados in the U.S. come from Mexico, according to the Hass Avocado Board. Michoacan is the state in Mexico where avocados grow all year and can meet the U.S. demand due to its rich volcanic soil, natural irrigation and unique topography.

With a unique combination of good health (with naturally good fats and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals) and good taste, adding avocados to your big game party sparks good times.

To find more information about avocados, explore AFM’s digital kitchen and find even more guacamole recipes, visit avocadosfrommexico.com/big-game/kitchen.

Source: Avocados From Mexico

Grilling-Tailgating 20 October 2021

A Winning Recipe to Feed Game Day Fans

(Family Features) Settling in for an afternoon of gridiron action calls for football food from dips and appetizers to full-blown feasts. Whether you’re a diehard fan, casual observer or just there for the game time grub, a full day of “homegating” requires flavorful eats to refuel the crowd.

One of the easiest ways to take your menu from benchwarmer to superstar status is to add foods from one of the country’s top authentic Mexican food brands, Cacique, to your playbook. For example, flavor-packed, heaping Cheesy Chorizo Nachos can score a touchdown at your gathering, even among the pickiest of fans. When the game is on the line, call on this dish to keep your team satisfied from kickoff to the final whistle.

Made with crumbly, creamy, pleasantly milky queso fresco; authentic real cheese queso dip that’s ready in minutes; robust, spicy pork chorizo; fresh-tasting Crema Mexicana; and small-batch homestyle salsa, this shareable dish can feed a houseful of hungry fans. Ready in less than an hour, it’s a perfect solution for pregame baking so it’s ready just before the coin toss.

To find more game day recipes, visit CaciqueInc.com.

Cheesy Chorizo Nachos

  • 1 package Cacique Pork Chorizo
  • 1 package Cacique Queso Blanco Queso Dip
  • 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons water, plus additional, if necessary
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) tortilla chips
  • 1 package Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
  • 1/2 cup Cacique Crema Mexicana
  • 1 large jalapeno, sliced thin
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin
  • fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • guacamole, for serving
  • Cacique Mild Homestyle Salsa, for serving
  1. In large nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast-iron pan over medium-low heat, cook pork chorizo, using spoon to break it up. Stir regularly until completely warmed through and deep brown, scraping crispy bits from bottom of pan.
  2. Microwave queso dip 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  3. In medium bowl, thin refried beans with water. Beans should be thick but nearly pourable; add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
  4. Heat oven to 350 F.
  5. To assemble nachos, add half the tortilla chips to 13-by-9-inch rectangular baking dish. Use spoon to drizzle half the queso dip and half the refried beans evenly over chips, distributing as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with half the crumbled queso fresco. Repeat with remaining chips, queso dip, beans and crumbled queso fresco. Bake 5-8 minutes until crumbled queso fresco softens and queso dip is creamy.
  6. Remove from oven then drizzle with crema Mexicana and scatter pork chorizo over top. Garnish with sliced jalapenos, radishes and fresh cilantro. Serve with guacamole and salsa.

Source: Cacique

Videos 09 October 2020

Chipotle Veggie Chili

(Culinary.net) Picture in your mind a warm bowl cupped in your hands, defrosting your fingertips after you just walked inside from a chilly afternoon. The bowl is heavy, full of hearty vegetables and spicy pepper that in just a few short moments will overwhelm your palate.

You dive in with a spoon, savoring every flavorful bite as you dip down to the bottom of the bowl searching for more to slurp up with every spoonful. Onion, red bell pepper and even corn all blended into not only a vegetarian meal but a chili-lover’s paradise.

You throw your sweater to the side of the couch as your body temperature begins to rise. You start to feel your energy return as you spoon a second helping into your bowl for round two.
Not only does this recipe for Chipotle Veggie Chili hit you with a wide array of balanced flavors, but there is a surprise hint of citrus added toward the end – lime juice.

Just to add a little more texture and vibrance to this dish, it can be topped with your favorite garnishes like guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno slices and cilantro.

This Chipotle Veggie Chili is simple to make, needing just one pot throughout the entire cooking process. It simmers for about 25 minutes while you unwind from a long day.

So next time you need a pick-me-up after a chilly day outside, give this one a try. The savory aromas and wholesome consistency make this chili a 10-out-of-10 and a crowd favorite.

Find more recipes perfect for cooler weather at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Chipotle Veggie Chili

Servings: 6-8

  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5/8       teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1          red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1          can (14 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1          can (14 ounces) red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          can (14 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup vegetable broth
  • 1          can (7 ounces) chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) sweet corn with liquid
  • 2          limes, juiced
  • guacamole (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • jalapeno slices (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  1. In large dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir and cook 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add garlic and red pepper. Stir and cook 8 minutes until soft.
  2. Add tomatoes, red beans, pinto beans, broth, chipotles in adobo sauce, corn, remaining salt and remaining pepper. Simmer 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chili has thickened.
  3. Squeeze lime juice into pot; stir. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno slices and cilantro, if desired.
Holiday 10 April 2019

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Festive Fiesta

(Family Features) For Mexican food lovers everywhere, Cinco de Mayo provides the perfect excuse to host a fiesta. This year, try spicing up your party menu with Mexican-inspired bold flavors and fresh ingredients using these tips and recipe. With a little planning and some key fresh ingredients, you can host a fiesta everyone will enjoy.

Cinco de Mayo Menu Planning
Here are a few authentic dips and dishes to liven any party spread:

  • Green, Green Guacamole - This flavorful dip embodies the festive flavors of the holiday. To make fresh guacamole, add green onions, cilantro and Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce to ripe, mashed avocados.
  • Mexican Caviar - Not your average salsa dip, this hearty and zesty recipe combines black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro for a muy bueno party starter that is sure to please.
  • Spicy Taquitos - Packed with genuine flavor, these savory appetizers can be served all year long. A satisfying blend of chicken, red beans and shredded cheese is rolled into buttery phyllo dough and baked until golden and crispy.

To add more authentic flavor to your table, be sure to serve Fiery Fiesta Empanadas. With a soft cornmeal crust, ground beef, cheese and olive filling, this dish boasts bold notes of cumin, garlic, and mild Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce - making these empanadas a sure-fire way to spice up your menu.

For more sizzling, south-of-the-border recipes, visit www.tabasco.com.

Fiery Fiesta Empanadas

Makes 4 empanadas

Cornmeal Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons water

Filling

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  1. Combine flour, cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough sticks together.
  2. On lightly floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin, roll out half of dough until 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into two 7-inch rounds. Repeat with remaining dough and scraps. Cover; set aside.
  3. Cook ground beef and garlic in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned on all sides, stirring occasionally to break up beef.
  4. Stir in scallions, taco sauce, olives, 3 teaspoons green jalapeño pepper sauce, oregano, cumin and salt until well blended. Stir in cheese.
  5. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease large cookie sheet. Spoon about 1/2-cup filling on 1/2 of each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  6. Stir together egg and remaining teaspoon green jalapeño pepper sauce.
  7. Brush border with egg mixture.
  8. Fold dough over filling, pressing out air. Crimp edges with fork or fingers to seal.
  9. Place on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.

Source: Tabasco

Meal Ideas 15 March 2019

Simple, Savory Solutions for Busy Families

(Family Features) Quick, effortless recipes are the cornerstone of making hassle-free meals and snacks that work for active families. Adding simplicity to your kitchen repertoire can make it a little easier on everyone, creating more quality time spent around the table and less time in the kitchen.

Whether you’re meal prepping the kids’ school lunches for the week or whipping up a last minute snack, one kitchen staple to consider picking up on your next grocery run is Eckrich deli meats.

As a make-ahead meal that can be sent with your kids (or yourself) for lunch, these Ham and Turkey Roll-ups take just a few minutes of rolling together some family-favorite tastes. Using simple recipes with Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Black Forest Ham as the main ingredients allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying life’s little moments with loved ones.

While creating make-ahead lunches can come in handy, arguably just as important is the meal that gets the day started: breakfast. Saving time in the morning, especially on busy weekdays, can be a lifesaver for families who value spending time together.

One solution can be these Deli Ham Breakfast All Day Tacos, featuring the consistent quality of perfectly seasoned Eckrich Deli Ham Off the Bone. A handful of ingredients and a pan are all you need to create a handheld breakfast for everyone in the family.

Find more fast, flavorful meals the entire family can enjoy at eckrich.com .

Ham and Turkey Roll-ups

Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Black Forest Ham
  • lettuce leaves
  • 2          tablespoons chunky guacamole
  • 1/4       cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1          tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2          slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  1. Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and insert toothpick to hold. Include additional toppings, as desired.

Deli Ham Breakfast All Day Tacos

Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 8          soft corn tortillas
  • oil
  • 1          cup Eckrich Deli Ham Off the Bone, cubed
  • handful green bell peppers, chopped
  • handful red bell peppers, chopped
  • 8          eggs
  • 2          tablespoons milk
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/2       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  1. In pan over low heat, warm tortillas, flipping after 15 seconds. Remove. Increase heat to medium; add oil and warm ham; set aside.
  2. In same pan, saute peppers. Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper until eggs are cooked. Add cheese and ham.
  3. Spoon mixture onto tortillas. Top with sour cream, cilantro and salsa, if desired.

Source: Eckrich

Meal Ideas 13 March 2019

Feeding the Game Day Frenzy

(Family Features) What better way to serve a hungry gang than with two crowd-pleasers: meatballs and BBQ? Anyone hosting a big game gathering needs to have recipes on-hand that are hearty and tasty, while still being easy to prepare.

The easiest and fastest way to find what you need to feed the fans is by utilizing local club stores like Sam's, where shoppers can huddle and find great game-day foods and entertaining items at affordable prices. These crowd-pleasing recipes start off with Byron's Hand Pulled Pork BBQ and Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, both sold at Sam's Clubs nationwide.

The Mini Meatball Hamburgers are made from fully-cooked meatballs crafted from an outstanding, authentic family recipe. The seasoned and lightly steamed meatballs can be warmed up quickly and paired with a tasty sauce for some super-star sliders.

BBQ Nachos take game-day appetizers to a whole new level. Made with hickory-smoked pulled pork that's finished with a sweet and spicy sauce, this BBQ is ready to be warmed up and loaded up with fan-favorite nacho toppings for an appetizer that will have your guests calling for a replay.

For more information about Byron's Hand Pulled Pork BBQ, Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, or for additional recipes, visit www.ClubEntertaining.com.

Mini Meatball Hamburgers

Makes 26 appetizers

  • 26 frozen Casa Di Bertacchi fully cooked meatballs (1 pound)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon honey mustard
  • 26 2-inch rolls, sliced in half horizontally
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet pickle relish
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place meatballs in 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
  3. In a small bowl, combine ketchup and mustard. Place a heaping teaspoon of ketchup mixture on the bottom of roll. Place a meatball on top. Follow with a rounded teaspoon of pickle relish. Place top half of roll over top. Repeat for remaining meatballs and rolls. Serve immediately on a large platter.

Cheeseburger Variation: Place a small slice of cheddar cheese over each meatball.

BBQ Nachos

Serves 4

  • Byron's BBQ
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Tortilla chips
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Sliced jalapeño
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Sour cream
  1. On a large oven safe serving plate, arrange a layer of tortilla chips; top with BBQ. Sprinkle with cheese, onions, bell peppers, diced tomato and black beans. Heat in microwave (or in oven) until cheese is melted. Garnish with whole kernel corn, sliced jalapeño, fresh guacamole, and sour cream.

Source: Byron's BBQ / Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs

Meal Ideas 28 February 2019

Give Your Diet a Veggie Boost

It's little secret that eating more nutritious veggies is an essential element of healthier eating. Fortunately, finding ways to boost the veggie content of your favorite dishes may be easier than you think.

Put a creative twist on your meals from breakfast through dinner with these tasty tips:

  • Experiment with new flavors to enhance the dishes you enjoy regularly. If a ham and cheese omelet is your standard breakfast fare, try adding fresh tomato, peppers and mushrooms for a whole new taste. If you tend to keep things simple, get creative when it comes to topping your morning toast, such as this version that features avocados and radishes. Then at dinner time, give basic pasta a bump by adding broccoli or spinach to your sauce.
     
  • Look for veggie-rich versions of your favorite condiments, dips and sauces. For example, Sabra's Veggie Fusions Guacamole has tons of added vegetables with 30 percent less fat than classic guacamole. Available in Garden Vegetable and Mango Lime, you can also opt for the Southwest flavor and get your fiesta fix with a hearty combination of guacamole, sweet corn and rich black beans - the perfect complement to a spicy steak taco.
     
  • Find new flavor combinations by swapping out calorie-laden carbs. Ditch the bread and instead use leaves of lettuce to wrap your sandwich. Traditional cold cuts, chicken salad and even burgers taste great nestled in fresh, crisp leafy greens.

Get inspired with more ideas to up your veggie intake at sabra.com.

Avocado Toast with Radish and Cotija Cheese

Avocado Toast with Radish and Cotija Cheese

Recipe courtesy of The Lemon Bowl

Yield: 4

  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 slices crusty, whole-grain bread, toasted
  • 1 cup Sabra Veggie Fusions Southwestern Guacamole
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 4 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • cilantro sprigs (optional)
  1. In small bowl, toss together onion slices with lime juice and salt, to taste; let sit 5 minutes, or as long as overnight.
  2. Top each piece of toasted whole-grain bread with 1/4 cup guacamole.
  3. Place equal parts pickled red onions, crumbled Cotija cheese and radish slices on top of each piece of toast. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve.

Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole

Spicy Steak Tacos with Southwestern Guacamole

Recipe courtesy of Emily Bites

Yield: 8

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound raw lean, trimmed flank steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 tortillas (6 inches each)
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce leaves
  • 8 tablespoons Sabra Veggie Fusions Southwestern Guacamole
  • 4 tablespoons clover sprouts
  • 4 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced
  1. In small dish, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, and stir together until well mixed.
  2. Place uncooked steak strips into re-sealable plastic bag and add spice mixture. Seal bag and shake/turn until steak is coated with seasoning.
  3. Pour oil into large skillet and bring to medium heat. Add seasoned steak strips and stir to coat steak with oil. Cook, stirring and flipping occasionally, about 5 minutes, or until steak strips are cooked to taste. Remove from heat.
  4. Warm tortillas slightly in microwave then lay out to fill. Divide lettuce and steak between tortillas and top each with 1 tablespoon of guacamole. Sprinkle each taco with sprouts and slices of tomato and radish.

Source: Sabra

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