Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Southwestern Hot Dog / #HotDogDay

When celebrating summer, hot dogs are sure to make an appearance at backyard picnics, ball games, beach parties or hanging around the fire pit. What could be more American? or more fun?! Today I made some Southwestern Hot Dogs to celebrate summer with you. They are full of flavor, with lots of tasty toppings, stuffed into a fried tortilla "bun". This recipe lets you "make ahead" the fried tortillas, and prep ahead the fillings, so it is an easy party food, along with being a fun meal for family also!

Southwestern Hot Dog 
(printable recipe at end of page)

7" Flour Tortillas
Fryer Oil
Aluminum Foil
Mayonnaise
Lettuce~chopped 
Refried Beans
Tomato~chopped in to small pieces
Chopped Onions~chopped pieces
Salsa
Sour Cream
4 Cheese~shredded
Avocado~chopped in to small bites
Black Angus Hot Dogs


I used carb balance flour tortillas for my hot dog "buns". They are ready to use when purchased, but I thought it would be interesting to deep fry them. To form the tortillas into a taco shape, I rolled aluminum foil into a cylinder. I made the cylinder just a bit longer than the width of the tortilla.
Place the foil cylinder in the middle of the tortilla. Wrap the tortilla around the cylinder. Fold the sides of the tortilla down a small bit, and using toothpicks, criss crossed, put them through the folded down tortilla. Make sure the tortilla does not meet in the middle. That way it will be much easier to fill with tasty goodness!  
Fry the tortilla at 350 degree oil, for approximately 45-60 seconds on each side. When frying, the tortilla might slide up the toothpicks. Try to keep them separated with tongs if necessary. 
When done frying, remove the tortillas and let the drip oil upside down into the fryer. Let tortillas crisp up a bit while cooling on a paper towl. Remove toothpicks once cooled. Make as many fried tortillas as needed, ahead of time.
Prepare all the fillings for the hot dogs, so that once they are cooked, they can be put together quickly. These Southwestern Hot Dogs would work great for a party buffet, where everyone makes their own dog!
Grill the hot dogs the way you like them! 
Build your hot dog with all your favorite southwestern flavors. If your tortillas left only a little bit of room to add ingredients to your hot dog, try using small utensils or a plastic knife to add them. The plastic knife is smaller, and fits into the tortilla opening easier. Enjoy!
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Southwestern Hot Dog

ingredients:

7" Flour Tortillas
Fryer Oil
Aluminum Foil
Mayonnaise
Lettuce~chopped 
Refried Beans
Tomato~chopped in to small pieces
Chopped Onions~chopped pieces
Salsa
Sour Cream
4 Cheese~shredded
Avocado~chopped in to small bites
Black Angus Hot Dogs

instructions:


  1. I used carb balance flour tortillas for my hot dog "buns". They are ready to use when purchased, but I thought it would be interesting to deep fry them. To form the tortillas into a taco shape, I rolled aluminum foil into a cylinder. I made the cylinder just a bit longer than the width of the tortilla.
  2. Place the foil cylinder in the middle of the tortilla. Wrap the tortilla around the cylinder. Fold the sides of the tortilla down a small bit, and using toothpicks, criss crossed, put them through the folded down tortilla. Make sure the tortilla does not meet in the middle. That way it will be much easier to fill with tasty goodness! 
  3. Fry the tortilla at 350 degree oil, for approximately 45-60 seconds on each side. When frying, the tortilla might slide up the toothpicks. Try to keep them separated with tongs if necessary.
  4. When done frying, remove the tortillas and let the drip oil upside down into the fryer. Let tortillas crisp up a bit while cooling on a paper towl. Remove toothpicks once cooled. Make as many fried tortillas as needed, ahead of time.
  5. Prepare all the fillings for the hot dogs, so that once they are cooked, they can be put together quickly. These Southwestern Hot Dogs would work great for a party buffet, where everyone makes their own dog!
  6. Grill the hot dogs the way you like them! 
  7. Build your hot dog with all your favorite southwestern flavors. If your tortillas left only a little bit of room to add ingredients to your hot dog, try using small utensils or a plastic knife to add them. The plastic knife is smaller, and fits into the tortilla opening easier. Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

I hope you had a fun filled 4th of July!
I am so happy you stopped by today!
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Stuffed S'mores / #CookWeek

It's always fun to end a cookout with s'mores! The creamy, gooey marshmallow, the melty, drippy chocolate, and those just a little soft, but still crispy graham crackers. They have been my favorite summer treat since I was a little girl.
But today I wanted to share my recipe for Stuffed S'mores, which are the S'mores that we have all come to love, but with a yummy twist!
 Stuffed S'mores
printable recipe at end of page 

 3/4 pound Milk Chocolate (I used Trader Joes)
12 Jumbo Marshmallows
1 package Graham Crackers
Mini Marshmallows



Melt the chocolate over low heat using a double boiler.
While the chocolate is melting, using a cupcake plunger, or something similar, make a hole in the center of the marshmallow. Don't go all the way down to the bottom of the marshmallow. 
You want to leave the bottom marshmallow alone, so the chocolate will not seep through the marshmallow.
 Once the chocolate is melted, dip the marshmallow in to the chocolate, on the opposite side of where you put the hole. Make sure to get the chocolate on the bottom and up the sides a little bit.
Then dip the chocolate covered part of the marshmallow into the crushed graham cracker crumbs. 
Turn the marshmallows upside down and refrigerate until they are set up.
 Fill each of the holes with the chocolate ganache. Refrigerate again.
Cut the graham crackers into 1/4ths. Place the graham cracker piece into the back of the chocolate on each marshmallow. Place 1-3 mini marshmallows in front of the graham crackers.
 Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows. All the marshmallows can be made up to this point and refrigerated. Take them out of refrigeration about 30 minutes before serving. Then toast with torch right before serving. Enjoy your S'mores!


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Stuffed S'mores

ingredients:

3/4 pound Milk Chocolate
12 Jumbo Marshmallows
1 package Graham Crackers
Mini Marshmallows

instructions:


  1. Melt the chocolate over low heat using a double boiler.
  2. While the chocolate is melting, using a cupcake plunger, or something similar, make a hole in the center of the marshmallow. Don't go all the way down to the bottom of the marshmallow. 
  3. You want to leave the bottom marshmallow alone, so the chocolate will not seep through the marshmallow.
  4.  Once the chocolate is melted, dip the marshmallow in to the chocolate, on the opposite side of where you put the hole. Make sure to get the chocolate on the bottom and up the sides a little bit.
  5. Then dip the chocolate covered part of the marshmallow into the crushed graham cracker crumbs. 
  6. Turn the marshmallows upside down and refrigerate until they are set up.
  7.  Fill each of the holes with the chocolate ganache. Refrigerate again.
  8. Cut the graham crackers into 1/4ths. Place the graham cracker piece into the back of the chocolate on each marshmallow. Place 1-3 mini marshmallows in front of the graham crackers.
  9.  Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows. All the marshmallows can be made up to this point and refrigerated. Take them out of refrigeration about 30 minutes before serving. Then toast with torch right before serving. Enjoy your S'mores!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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Link up what you have been creating!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Southern Pork and Slaw Dog / #CookoutWeek

We are celebrating #CookoutWeek again today with this Southern Pork and Slaw Dog! This tasty hot dog was my husbands invention. We love to go to a local BBQ restaurant near our house, and it has become a favorite. My husband has taken to buying a hot dog when we go to the restaurant, and doctoring it up with the BBQ meal that I usually order.  It is awesome! This recipe is a take off on our favorite hot dog! 
I usually have this BBQ and Slaw in my fridge, and that is what I used for the pork and slaw portion of the recipe. I also have an Oven Baked BBQ w/ Vinegar BBQ Sauce recipe, that would be perfect for these Pork and Slaw Dogs also!
Southern Pork and Slaw Dog
(printable recipe at end of page)

Pork and Slaw recipe (click the link)
Black Angus Hot Dogs
Potato Roll Hot Dog Bun
Mustard
Diced Onions
Hot Dog Chili (I used Texas Pete's)
French Fries
Pork and Beans


Cook the pork recipe and make the slaw recipe. (or your favorite slaw) Score hot dogs and cook on the grill, turning when needed.
Add mustard, onion and chili.
Add slaw.
Add pork, french fries, and beans. Even if you are not a hot dog lover, you will love this sandwich! It is so full of flavor, with a little heat, a little sweet, some crunch, and juicy pork!


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Southern Pork and Slaw Dog

ingredients:

Pork and Slaw recipe (click the link)
Black Angus Hot Dogs
Potato Roll Hot Dog Bun
Mustard
Diced Onions
Hot Dog Chili (I used Texas Pete's)
French Fries
Pork and Beans

instructions:


  1. Cook the pork recipe and make the slaw recipe. (or your favorite slaw) Score hot dogs and cook on the grill, turning when needed.
  2. Add mustard, onion and chili.
  3. Add slaw.
  4. Add pork, french fries, and beans. Even if you are not a hot dog lover, you will love this sandwich! It is so full of flavor, with a little heat, a little sweet, some crunch, and juicy pork!
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Southwestern "Cactus Needle" Pasta Salad / #CookoutWeek

Welcome to #CookoutWeek!
This is the beginning of a fun week full of recipes for cookouts and summer meals. Read all about it below, and don't forget to enter the giveaway! It is huge! Good Luck!

But first, I want to share with you a salad I love to make and enjoy in the summer when it is hot. This salad is cool and refreshing and it is a great dish for serving a group of family and friends!
I call this dish Southwestern "Cactus Needle" Pasta Salad, not because I used cactus needles, of course, but because I made this salad with little tiny pieces of pasta called "Fideo", and they remind me of cactus needles. This pasta salad also includes little chunks of Chayote, which is a mexican squash, veggies such as tomatoes, onions, and roasted corn, and a homemade dressing that brings all these flavors together perfectly! This salad goes well with any entree, from a delicious steak to a tasty grilled hot dog! 
Southwestern Cactus Needle Pasta Salad
(printable recipe at end of page)


3 1/2 ounces Fideo Pasta (1/2 of a bag)
1 medium sized Chayote
1 red and 1 orange Mini Pepper
1 large Green Onion
1/2 cup Roasted Corn
15 Cherry Tomatoes
1/3 cup cooked Black Beans
1 Avocado
5 ounces Queso Fresco

Dressing
2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Sour Cream
1/4 cup Minced Garlic
pinch of Chipotle Chili Powder
1/4 Lime


Boil the pasta according to package directions. It should boil for approx. 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
This is what a Chayote looks like. This one is rather large, and a smaller one would be acceptable for this recipe. Place the Chayote in a pan covered with water. Turn heat to medium high. If it boils, that is fine. A Chayote this large takes about 20-25 minutes to soften. A smaller one will take less. Check for tenderness every 5-10 minutes. Once it is tender, remove from heat and use a peeler to remove the outer skin. It should come off easily. Set aside to cool.
While the Chayote is cooking and cooling, chop the peppers.
Chop the onion, and slice tomatoes in half.
Roast the corn. It is easy to pan roast corn. Melt butter in a frying pan, with the heat on medium high. Add the corn. Let it sit for a minute, then swirl the pan around covering the corn with butter. Let corn cook for a few minutes, then turn corn over as it begins to brown. Remove from heat when you are happy with the  color.
Make dressing by mixing together the mayo and sour cream. Add in the minced garlic. I buy mine from Target, already minced, in a jar. It is amazing! Add in the chipotle powder. Whisk together. Add the juice from the lime. When I need to add fresh juice, I use a garlic press. I have arthritis, and I can't press on the fruit anymore to get all the juice. The garlic press works so well. I roll the fruit to make it tender, then I cut the fruit to fit the press, and do it several times with more fruit if needed. So easy! Whisk everything together and refrigerate.
Now that the Chayote is cooled, remove the seed from the middle, and throw away. 
Slice the Chayote and the chop into bite size pieces. 
Start putting everything together by filling the bowl with the pasta, vegetables, beans, and the chopped Chayote. Hold back the avocado and cheese, and mix in the dressing. 
When you are ready to serve, add the avocado and crumble the cheese over the salad. 
Enjoy the salad!
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  • This is How I Cook ♥ 
  • Who Needs A Cape? ♥ 
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    Southwestern "Cactus Needle" Pasta Salad

    ingredients:

    3 1/2 ounces Fideo Pasta (1/2 of a bag)
    1 medium sized Chayote
    1 red and 1 orange Mini Pepper
    1 large Green Onion
    1/2 cup Roasted Corn
    15 Cherry Tomatoes
    1/3 cup cooked Black Beans
    1 Avocado
    5 ounces Queso Fresco

    Dressing
    2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
    2 tablespoon Sour Cream
    1/4 cup Minced Garlic
    pinch of Chipotle Chili Powder
    1/4 Lime

    instructions:


    1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. It should boil for approx. 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
    2. This is what a Chayote looks like. This one is rather large, and a smaller one would be acceptable for this recipe. Place the Chayote in a pan covered with water. Turn heat to medium high. If it boils, that is fine. A Chayote this large takes about 20-25 minutes to soften. A smaller one will take less. Check for tenderness every 5-10 minutes. Once it is tender, remove from heat and use a peeler to remove the outer skin. It should come off easily. Set aside to cool.
    3. While the Chayote is cooking and cooling, chop the peppers.
    4. Chop the onion, and slice tomatoes in half.
    5. Roast the corn. It is easy to pan roast corn. Melt butter in a frying pan, with the heat on medium high. Add the corn. Let it sit for a minute, then swirl the pan around covering the corn with butter. Let corn cook for a few minutes, then turn corn over as it begins to brown. Remove from heat when you are happy with the  color.
    6. Make dressing by mixing together the mayo and sour cream. Add in the minced garlic. I buy mine from Target, already minced, in a jar. It is amazing! Add in the chipotle powder. Whisk together. Add the juice from the lime. When I need to add fresh juice, I use a garlic press. I have arthritis, and I can't press on the fruit anymore to get all the juice. The garlic press works so well. I roll the fruit to make it tender, then I cut the fruit to fit the press, and do it several times with more fruit if needed. So easy! Whisk everything together and refrigerate.
    7. Now that the Chayote is cooled, remove the seed from the middle, and throw away.
    8. Slice the Chayote and the chop into bite size pieces.
    9. Start putting everything together by filling the bowl with the pasta, vegetables, beans, and the chopped Chayote. Hold back the avocado and cheese, and mix in the dressing. 
    10. When you are ready to serve, add the avocado and crumble the cheese over the salad. 
    11. Enjoy the salad!
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