Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy "Cinco de Mayo"

 Beef Enchiladas      Preheat oven to 350*

Slow cook 2 lbs Chuck beef in slow cooker with spices and 1/2 jar of salsa.
1 package cream cheese
1 package flour tortillas
1 can chopped green chillies
2 cans enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. Penzey's Arizona dreaming spice. Or similar mexican spice
1/2 head shredded iceberg lettuce ( by slicing finely)
1 Cup sour cream for garnish. or serve on side.
3 ~ 4 chopped green onions for garnish.

Shrede beef after cooking in slow cooker all day.
Drain out liquids Meat juices, may save for thinning out beef mixture.
In a large skillet mix shredded meat ,cream cheese,green chillies, arizona spice, remaining 1/2 jar salsa. Heat on low to med until mixed well. May add a little of the enchilada sauce if need be. Spoon into flour tortillas roll into logs. Place folded side down into baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle top off enchiladas with mixture of cheddar and monterey jack cheese. Bake for 30 minutes covered,then uncover to let cheese become golden for 10 ~ 15 mins.
Remove from oven and garnish with chopped green onion on top of enchiladas. Serve with sour cream,shredded lettuce,nacho tortilla chips and of course more salsa.  Enjoy !!!

Swedish Frittata

1/2 cup frozen sweet potato fries
1/4 cup sliced red onion
1/3 cup diced jazz apple or other firm crisp apple
3 ~ 4 large eggs
1/3 cup whole fat ricotta ( drain through strainer if wet)
1/2 C. cheese of choice ( American or Cheddar works best )
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley for garnish
1 ~ 2 tbsp. olive oil for sauteing in med size skillet .

Dice frozen sweet potato,red onion and apples. Toss into med heated skillet with olive oil. Saute until golden and tender. Scramble all eggs with 2 tbs. milk, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over ingredients in skillet. Cook slowly over med heat until just about done. 3~5 mins. Add ricotta by small dollop spoonfuls to top of frittata then sprinkle with cheese. Finish by placing under broiler until until cheese melted and top of frittata is slightly golden. Just before serving garnish with chopped flat leaf parsley. Serves 2 ( Great with a glass of white wine and a good crunchy type bread)


LEAH"S Cheese Ball

This is really easy and the crowd will love it  !!

2 ~ 8 oz. Pkgs. soften Philadelphia cream cheese
1 ~ 8 oz. can well drained crushed dole pineapple
2 tbs. finely chopped green onion
1/4 cup green pepper finely chopped
1/2 tbsp. lawry's season salt
1 cup chopped walnuts ( 1/4 cup of nuts for mix and 3/4 cup for rolling into cheese ball)

Mix all ingredients together well ~ roll into large ball or log. Wrap in wax paper.
Chill over night in frig. When ready to serve roll into remaining 3/4 C. chopped walnuts.
Serve with crackers and Celery and carrot sticks ! Enjoy !
Now that May is here. I am going to say, it is my official start of warmer weather. Lets Barbecue and picnic our way through the incredible edible delectable SUMMER !!!