Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing

Melon Berry Fruit Salad

Orgainc WatermelonYou know summer has officially started when you can make yourself a fruit salad with in season fresh fruits.

Thanks to our friends to the south (Mexico) and their sub-tropical weather, we can have watermelon before it is even harvests here in the U.S.A.

Watermelon is  a perfect summer fruit to grow, harvest, and eat as it is a wonderful and juicy hydrating fruit.

Sliced cross section of a seedless organic watermelonAs you sweat on a hot summer day, while at the beach, working in the garden, or just taking an afternoon walk, you lose vital electrolytes, which includes sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and watermelon is a better chose to re-hydrate, than Gatorade.

Watermelon is all natural, and has the right balance of the electrolytes needed to keep your heart beating, and to replace the water needed to keep you cool.

Our feature fruit salad includes watermelon and here is what you will need to prepare the Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing.

1/2 a seedless watermelon

1 cantaloupe

6 ounces raspberries

6 ounces blueberries

6 ounces blackberries

zest and juice of one lime

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon water or watermelon juice

1 tablespoon mint leaves, minced

6-10 mint leaves, for garnishing, optional

Mint-Lime Dressing

watermelon juiceUse a melon ball scoop to create bite size pieces of both melons. A the melon to a large bowl. Next add the berries to the melon. Toss gently, so as not to crush the berries.

In a small bowl , combine the zest and lime juice, honey, water, and minced mint leaves. We used the juice of the watermelon in place of water.

Drizzle dressing over mixed fruit salad to coat.

Use the remaining mint leaves to garnish the salad.

Melon Berry Fruit Salad with a Mint-Lime Dressing

Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Before serving gently mix the fruit again to coat with any juice and dressing that may have gathered at the bottom of the bowl.

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Sourdough Bread Day – No Fooling

Sourdough Bread Day - No Fooling

Did you know  the way sourdough bread is prepared helps improve its nutrition value?  The sourdough starter as it is called, pre-digeststarches, making the bread more easily digestible.

Because of this it lowers insulin response, thus improving glucose tolerance. The pre-digested starches helps protect Vitamin B-1 from the damage of the heat will the bread is being baked. The pre-digested starches also break down the gluten, resulting in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat.

The process also breaks down phytases which free up minerals for better absorption,  such as zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.

Don’t be FOOLED into believing folic acid is better for you, as it is the synthetic form of folate, and folate is made in nature and is bio-available to the body.

One medium slice of sourdough has 95 micrograms of folate, which is 24% of the daily required amount needed for good health. Lack of folate in the diet would make you more susceptible to developing cancer, age-related vision loss, hearing loss, and heart disease.

So this April first (2015) enjoy a slice or two of sourdough bread, and We’re Not Fooling.

Grilled Brussels sprouts with baconEnjoy sourdough with – Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon

1 pound Brussels sprouts cut in half, cooked, either rosasted or grilled

1/2 pound of bacon, cooked

6 slices of sourdough bread, if using longer slices cut in half

Grill or roast prepared Brussels sprouts. In a medium bowl mix with cooked, chopped bacon.

Warm the slices of sourdough bread, and top with the grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon.

Enjoy!!

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Turkey Avocado and Dill SandwichEnjoy sourdough with – Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich –

4 slices deli smoked turkey

2 eggs fried, yolk cooked

1 avocado, medium, peeled, pitted and sliced

3 or 4 fresh sprigs of dill

1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

Sweet Tomato Chutney – Click here for recipe

Spread sourdough with chutney. Next layer with one or two turkey slices, add fried egg, avocado slices, and top with a sprig of dill and some baby spinach leaves.

Enjoy this sandwich for Sunday brunch, breakfast or lunch.

Stop Fooling around and get to the kitchen and prepare your sourdough bread with either Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon or Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich.

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Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Who invented the Buffalo wings? Wikipedia says, “One of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank.”

chicken egg representing spicy - Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

Image Credit: Roy Rogers Restaurant

representation of spicy hot food - Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

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Wikipedia goes on to say, “A Buffalo wing, Buffalo chicken wing, hot wing, or wing, in the cuisine of the United States, is a chicken wing section that is generally deep-fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce.”

Our featured chicken wing is more of an Asian style preparation. It does have some cayenne flacks in it, but we promise it will not be real spicy to the palate.

Here is what you will need:

preparing Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

To start you will need five (5) pounds of thawed chicken wings. Next line a 13 X 9 inch glass baking pan with aluminum foil. Place and arrange thawed chicken wings, top side down into prepared baking pan.

In a large measuring cup of medium mixing bowl mix together the following ingredients:

1 ½ cups seedless raspberry jam

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 ½ tsp. crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

I find there is no need to heat the jam to liquefy it. But if it is easier you can do the following:

In a small saucepan, combine jam, vinegar, soy sauce and red pepper over medium heat. Stir until smooth, then add sesame seeds.

Pour raspberry sauce over chicken wings, coating the wings. Make sure your wings are thawed well so that there is no water being add to the sauce while baking.

Place baking pan into a preheated 400 degree oven and bake 30 minutes. After 30 minutes turn chicken wings up and bake another 20 minutes or until wings are 165 degrees internal temperature.

Remove and let cool 5 minutes. Turn wings onto a serving platter.

Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings

If you are having a gathering with several other plated foods, place the serving platter of Spicy Raspberry Chicken Wings about the other dishes and enjoy.

Oh by the way, if a guest does complain of the wings being spicy, put it out with a small glass of milk.

 

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Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips

Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips

Our featured recipe or snack can be considered a vegetarian or vegan snack. But please don’t shy away, if you enjoy eating meat and vegetables, this is a snack for you as well.

Benefits of the Featured Root Vegetables

One ounce of beet and sweet potato chips has 1.37 milligrams of vitamin-E, which helps protect your cells from the damage of oxidation, which otherwise can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer. This amount of vitamin-E is 9% of the 15 milligrams of vitamin-E you need each day. Veggie chips also have small amounts of iron, potassium, vitamin-C and vitamin-K.

If you do buy your veggie chips prepackaged, you will find they are baked with canola oil and 101 milligrams of sodium, unless you buy sodium free chips. Even if the canola oil is non-gmo and cold-pressed, it is still a omega-6 oil. This fatty acid can cause inflammation and in time bodily pain in the areas were the inflammation persists.

You could make a healthier snack by baking your own veggie chips. Making your own veggie chips is a smart way for you to create your own nutritious snack. It is really simple, just drizzle olive oil or avocado oil over thinly sliced vegetables, such as beets and sweet potatoes. You can sprinkle them with dried herbs, spices and Himalayan salt (optional) and roast them until they’re crunchy.

Here is what you will need for the featured recipe snack:

2 medium sweet potatoes

3 small beets

1/2 cup avocado oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

washing and preparing root vegetables for Baked Beets and Sweet Potato ChipsWash your root vegetables thoroughly. Then cut off ends to make flat.

thinnly slicing root vehetables for Baked Beets and Sweet Potato ChipsNext, using a mandolin on thin slice, pass root vegetables over slicer, until all are sliced.

avocado oil to coat root vegetablesNext, place sliced root vegetables into a large bowl and add 1/2 cup of avocado oil and toss till vegetables are well coated. At this time you can add other flavors, like sugar and cinnamon, or a little Himalayan salt, if you wish. The flavor is your choice, so be creative. Note though, these root vegetables do bake up sweet. Adding a flavor is just a added delicious bonus.

placing prepared root vegetables on a grill rack over a cookie sheet to bakeNext, place a wire rack onto a cookie sheet. Place slices over wire rack. It is okay if they are touching. Now with my first batch, I found out the sweet potatoes bake in less time, were as the beets need longer baking. Contrary to the image, bake your beets first for 30 minutes. Then bake your sweet potatoes next for 20 to 25 minutes. If the sweet potatoes bake beyond 25 minutes, they start to burn.

Baked Beets and Sweet Potato Chips

When chips are done, remove from oven and put aside to cool. Once all baked chips have cooled plate and serve. Place left overs in an air tight container. Beware if you have others in the house at the time of baking your chips, you will not end up with, what you started with. Just a little hint. Enjoy!!

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How to Cook with Cantaloupe

How to cook with Cantaloupe

June. 22, 2014 till present July. 1, 2014,  here at Splendid Recipes and More we have posted about everyone’s favorite summer time melons, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew (link here if you missed the articles).

Mark a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market gave us a lot of tips to choose the best melon to enjoy this summer.

We found a few recipes that we thought you would enjoy. The first one is Mark’s idea, which is roasting with cantaloupe. What you may say, roasting a cantaloupe? Yes and here is what Mark had to say.

“Cantaloupe, Mark says, probably isn’t a fruit you think of cooking with. Aside from having it in a fruit salad, the idea of cooking with it just doesn’t seem like it would work, and especially given its water content.” Mark goes on to say, “You really can cook cantaloupe and make some amazing dishes with them.”

So I asked Mark, “What cooking idea or technic you have in mind?”

He said, “Roasting cantaloupe is a wonderful way to cook with it. As a matter of fact, roasted cantaloupe takes on a whole new taste. So if generally speaking you don’t like cantaloupe, then try it roasted , you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Roasted cantaloupe can be a great topping for your breakfast cereal in the morning, or maybe on your ice cream for dessert.  Or mix it with some Greek yogurt.

Here’s the recipe…

Roasted Cantaloupe

roasted cantaloupe

Roasted Cantaloupe
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If you’re looking for the how to, it’s really quite simple.

First, slice the cantaloupe in half, and scoop or cut out the fruit.

Preheat you oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the seeds. Then cut the cantaloupe into chunks.

Place into a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey and a splash of vanilla for a slightly different taste.

Place coated melon onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cantaloupe begins to caramelize. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Mix the cantaloupe up in a large mixing bowl with some favorite summer berries, like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. Mix in a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar infused with raspberry or pomegranate. Spoon mixed fruit into the two shelled halves of the cantaloupe. See finished product by viewing the header picture of this article. Serve and enjoy.

Grilled Cardamom Cantaloupe with Swiss Cheese Crumbles

Grilled Cardamom Cantaloupe with Swiss Cheese Crumbles
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You can also grill cantaloupe, and Mark says, “Cantaloupe actually grills very nicely.”

Slice your cantaloupe and put a little brown sugar on top. Then pop it on the heated grill for a few minutes on each side just to get some nice grill marks on it. Serve it with your favorite ice cream.

You can also leave cantaloupe the way it is and pair it with some other great foods to help you find a way to enjoy cantaloupe that much more.

 

Finally, a sweet and salty appetizer, why not try this Melon and Prosciutto combination.

Melon and Prosciutto

1 large cantaloupe

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls
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3 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto or fully cooked ham

Cut cantaloupe in half and remove seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out pulp or cut pulp into bite-size cubes.

Cut prosciutto or ham into 1-inch wide strips. Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each melon ball. Fasten prosciutto with a toothpick.

If you’re going to have cantaloupe and cook with it, just get creative. It’s a sweet fruit, so experiment with your palate and see what you can create. Make a salsa or a cantaloupe puree, or just add it to the side of a tasty shrimp and basil Aioli. Just have fun with it and enjoy cooking with cantaloupe.

What are your favorite cantaloupe recipes?

 

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Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

Grilled Chicken and Orange Skewers

According to Hearth, Patio, and the Barbecue Association, “There is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective.

Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals.

Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue’ (HPBA).

Here’s some BBQ fun facts:

1. The most popular holidays for barbecuing in the USA are: July 4th (71%), Memorial Day (57%), and Labor Day (55%).

2. The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are: burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%) and chicken (73%).

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3. The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41%), potatoes (41%), and other vegetables (32%).

4. The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

Grilled Chicken and Orange Screwers

1 ¼ lbs. boneless chicken thighs; skinless*

1 red onion, small*

1 navel orange, medium*

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

*cut thighs and onion into 1 ½ -inch pieces, do not peel orange, wash and cut up into 16 pieces. Also you can use chicken breast in place of thighs.

Soak 8 small wooden skewers in water for at least 15 minutes. Doing so will keep skewers from catching fire.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken, onion and orange with the oil, cumin, cayenne, salt and black pepper.

Allow mixture in bowl to set 20 to 30 minutes. Letting flavors penetrate meat. Mean time heat you’re outside grill.

Thread meat mixture onto the skewers. Spray with olive oil and lightly spray grill.

Place skewers on grill, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and the onion is just tender, about 15 to 18 minutes.

Plate and serve.

If you’re deciding to use chicken thighs or not, keep in mind that thighs contain more iron and zinc, which provides more energy and the protein is useful for feeding and building muscle.

Read More Here About Chicken Thighs: Cooking with Chicken Thighs

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Peach Mango Salsa

 

Peach Mango Salsa

 

Are you excited about salsas like we are here at Splendid Recipes and More? If you don’t like tomatoes, this salsa’s for you.

If you’ve never made such a salsa, Peach Mango Salsa, then your in for a treat. But maybe your thinking, “This looks good, but I’ll stick with my favorite store bought Peach Mango Salsa.” OK will you do that, but look what’s in that store bought salsa:

Tomatoes, Mango, Water Filtered, Peppers, Chilies and Peppers, Onions, Cane Juice Evaporated, Tomatoes Puree, Peaches, Cilantro, Vinegar Red Wine, Salt, Lemon Juice, Spices, Citric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Erythorbate, Xanthan Gum.

Did you notice I high-lighted the last four ingredients? Will that’s not in our Peach Mango Salsa.

Here is what you will need:

2 medium peaches, peeled, de-seed, chopped

1 large mango, peeled, de-seed, chopped

½ cup green onions, diced (about 3 scallions)

½ red bell pepper, diced

1 Serrano pepper, de-seed, minced

½ cup cilantro, chopped

½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. lime juice or ¼ of a lime

If your not sure on how to cut a mango, we added this video from – Special Fork Videos – to show you how.

Prepare the peaches and mango and place them into a medium mixing bowl along with the diced onion and bell pepper. Do not mix. Next add the Serrano pepper and chopped cilantro, again do not mix.

Together add salt, sugar and lime juice. Now stir the mixture until well incorporated.

Let mixture set for 15 minutes at room temperature for flavors to infuse, or refrigerate until ready to eat.

This salsa keeps in a mason jar, for 4-5 days in the fridge, or can be frozen for later use. If you use plastic to store the salsa, it will be fresh for just about 2 days.

Serve the salsa with white or yellow corn chips, grilled chicken, grilled fish or any Mexican meal (Link here for some ideas from our blog).

 

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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

This really isn’t a Mexican dish, but a recipe invention out of New Mexico. New Mexico uses a lot of traditional Mexican ingredients, but they make their own culinary inventions. Review an article that we posted with a blog guest who explained the difference between Mexican and Tex-Mex food, the information could also apply to Mexican Food verses New Mexico style Mexican Food…link here.

There are other similar recipes of Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie, but they use ground beef and bake it in a cast iron skillet. For more on cooking with cast iron skillets view our articles here.

Now for our featured recipe Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie, and here is what you will need.

ingredients for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1 medium yellow or white onion, finely diced

5 mini-sweet peppers, different colors, thinly diced

1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

11 ounces frozen whole kernel corn

2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning

2 cups shredded Rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped

3/4 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

You can also use BBQ chicken breast shredded. I used BBQ seasoning in place of  Taco seasoning as they both use similar herbs.

sauteeing, mixing and simmering vegetable bean mix for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and sweet peppers and saute, stirring until they are tender. Then add the diced tomato, black beans, corn, and seasoning and mix together until well incorporated.

simmering vegetable bean mix for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Let simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes.

cutting cilantro with kitchen shears

We use kitchen shears to cut the cilantro, making it easy and convenient. It is cut up just before use, never before. The oils that flow from the cut leaves start deteriorating after cutting into the leaves. For maximum flavor, prepare the herb just before you need it.

adding shredded chicken and cilantro to vegetable mix for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Now that the mixture has simmered for 10 minutes, add the shredded chicken and cut cilantro, and stir in and cook until hot.

lining sprin form pan and layering tortillas and meat mixture for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Now to prepare the pie, line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch spring-form pan. Position one tortilla on the bottom of the lined pan and spoon on mixture until if spreads even over the surface of the tortilla. Repeat this three more times, using the other three tortillas. After placing the last tortilla on the top, spread the cheese out over it.

Place into the heated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until browned lightly. Remove and let stand 5 minutes.

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Remove the ring from the spring-form panas well as the paper around the pie, and slide pie onto a platter and serve.

slice of Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

It may not be a Mexican original culinary dish, but for the sack of argument, let’s say it is. Enjoy your slice of Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie.

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Tastes of Mexico with Pico de Gallo and Flour Tortillas

Tastes of Mexico with Pico de Gallo and Flour Tortillas

 

Our post is a day late but here we are. Welcome again to the Tastes of Mexico here at Splendid recipes and More with Norma our guest blog speaker (If you missed any posts with Norma link here and scroll the page to Speaker Norma spoke May. 4-8, 2014 on the Tastes of Mexico).

So lets get started.

SRandM: So Norma tell us what you are doing with those tomatoes?

Norma: I am dicing them up to make some Pico de Gallo.

SRandM: So how is it prepared?

Norma: Will this is what you will need.

8 fresh ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

½ large onion, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced

1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and finely minced

Juice from 1 fresh lime

SRandM: What kind color of onion should you use? I am asking as there are a few different colors.

Norma: Yes, the most popular one used in this dish is the yellow onion. Though you ca use the white or red onion if you want to.

You could liven up this dish by adding other ingredients like shrimp, avocado, cucumber, radish or firm fruit like mango.

I just wanted to add, that pico de gallo is much like Kenyan’s kachumbari, or chutneys made in India, but since pico de gallo contains less liquid, apart from dipping tortilla chips into it, you can also use it as a main ingredient in dishes such as tacos and fajitas.

SRandM: Wow that is good to know.

Norma: So once you have prepared the ingredients, place diced tomatoes, and onion, in a glass bowl and stir to combine. Next stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Though I would recommend adding the juice and cilantro a little at a time, tasting it with each addition until you have the flavor you like. You can also add a little salt if you like.

Serve as a side with your favorite Mexican dish, as I mentioned earlier, it could be tacos or fajitas, or by itself with corn tortilla chips.

pico de gallo

SRandM: Wow this is great Norma. Tell use about the flour tortillas that you prepared.

Norma: OK. This is how you make fresh flour tortillas. Here is what you will need.

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1.5 cups hot water

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Then make a whole in the center and pour in the oil and hot water.

preparing Homemade Flour Tortillas

Lightly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Next place the dough on a lightly floured surface and continue kneading until a smooth ball is formed. Divide dough into 16 equal sized portions and placing each ball into a bowl covered with a cloth.

making flour tortillas

Next place each small dough portion onto a lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a thin, round shape. Preheat a large dry cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add one rolled out dough circle and heat until golden brown, then flip and cook until golden brown on other side. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. Place each finished tortilla onto a plate.

After you have made your tortillas, have a medium sized piece of wax paper cut out and set aside. Now separate each tortilla and while doing so place the first one onto the wax paper and each additional over each other. Place the tortillas into a large zip lock bag. Seal and allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to about two weeks.

 

 

Homemade Flour Tortillas

 

SRandM: Thank you Norma for coming on Splendid recipes and More and showing us all of these great Tastes of Mexico. As well as sharing some history with us.

Norma: My pleasure. I hope your readers have enjoyed it and will be able to prepare theses Mexican delights for themselves.

SRandM: For any posts on the Tastes of Mexico with blog speaker guest Norma just link here and scroll down to – Speaker Norma spoke May. 4-8, 2014 on the Tastes of Mexico -.

 

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Chicken Quesadillas

Chicken Quesadillas

Our blog guest is Norma and she is speaking to us on The Tastes of Mexico. This is her third appearance here on Splendid Recipes and More (SRandM). Link here to view the other blog posts with Norma and scroll to bottom of the page.

SRandM: So Norma, what do you have for us today?

Norma: I am going to show you how to make a really great Chicken Quesadilla.

SRandM: Awesome, let’s get started.

Norma: First of all, I would like to mention that wheat flour was brought here to the New World by Spain. From there the flour tortilla was made a new novelty in Mexico. Though, flour tortillas are only popular in Mexican dishes in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. Also you can see these recipes in Tijuana and Rosarito.

Corn tortillas are commonly prepared with meat to make dishes such as tacos and enchiladas. Burritos on the other hand are made with flour tortillas as well quesadillas. These two latter dishes originated in northern Mexico, as I said before the flour tortilla is most popular there.

So now for the Chicken Quesadilla, here is what we will need.

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1 small or ½ medium onion, finely minced

2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced

½ cup chicken broth or water

2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning mix*

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

8 10” flour tortillas

2 cups pre-cooked chicken, shredded (rotisserie works great)

2 cup shredded white cheese (Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack)

1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and finely chopped.

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced – optional

 

With these ingredients you will have enough to makes 4 Quesadillas. Also at the end of the post I have included the recipe for the seasoning mix.

 

Add the avocado oil and onion to a  large cold skillet.  Heat over medium-high heat until onion becomes translucent, about 6 – 8 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 – 2 minutes or until it starts to turn brown. Add the chicken broth, taco seasoning and stir until dry ingredients are completely dissolved.

combine seasonings

Add shredded chicken to the pan and toss to coat in the seasonings. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer until any excess moisture is absorbed.

seasoning chicken

Remove from heat and keep warm.

 

Place butter in a clean skillet and heat over medium-high heat until melted. Swirl until bottom of pan is thoroughly covered. Place one tortilla in pan. Top with ½ cup seasoned shredded chicken mixture and ½ cup shredded cheese. Add fresh cilantro and diced jalapeno peppers, if desired.

tortilla topped with chicken and cheese

Distribute ingredients evenly and place second tortilla on top. Carefully flip once the bottom tortilla turns golden brown.

Once both sides are browned and cheese is melted, remove from heat and slice into 8 wedges. Serve immediate with fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream or pico de gallo. You can even have them with a side of refried beans.

Plated Chicken Quesadillas

 

SRandM: Wow this looks delectable Norma. I am really hungry now, should we have some.

Norma: sure, why not.

SRandM: So what do you have for us next time Norma.

Norma: How about Classic Margaritas on the Rocks, and since watermelon seasoning is coming, I will make some Watermelon Aqua Fresca.

SRandM: How do you say Aqua Fresca in English Norma?

Norma: Oh yes, Aqua Fresca is fresh water.

SRandM: Great we look forward to that. To all our readers, we hope you return here tomorrow May. 7,2014  to see how Norma will prepare beverages from the Tastes of Mexico.

Link Here: Wonderful Beverages From Mexico

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

This recipe only takes a couple minutes to put together and costs less than buying pre-packaged taco seasoning. It also has less salt and no artificial additives or preservatives.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in an airtight container and shake well to combine. Use 2 – 3 tablespoons per pound of ground beef (use more or less according to individual taste preferences).

This recipe can also be made in larger batches. Store unused amounts in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

Link Here for next post with Norma: Wonderful Beverages From Mexico

 

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