Monday, April 25, 2011

My Take on Huevos Rancheros


As I think I've mentioned before, my feelings towards non-scrambled eggs have begun to grow fonder. This meal is one piece of evidence towards this fact. The thought of a nice runny yolk mixing with the beans warms my stomach even as I write this.

Ingredients:
  • makeshift chili
    • kidney beans
    • diced red bell peppers
    • diced hot dogs (What can I say... they're quick to defrost and add to a dish. Plus, it's hard for me to have a meal without meat.)
    • chili powder
    • red pepper flakes
    • salt
    • pepper
    • garlic powder
    • hungarian paprika
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • a few tbsp of butter
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • cheese or sour cream (optional)
Fry the tortillas in butter and set aside on paper towels to drain. Next, prepare/warm up your beans (a can of black beans would also work well here). Cook one egg sunny side up and season with salt and pepper. Layer the tortillas and beans on top of each other and top with your egg.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Buffalo Wings

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb (or maybe it was 2...) pack of chicken wing pieces
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • paprika (Hungarian if you have it)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup of hot sauce (approx.)
Season the wing pieces and bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes. Melt the butter in a pan and add the hot sauce. Toss the wings and prepare the napkins.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Beef Empanadas Take 1

I absolutely love a nice, flaky empanada, but have never tried making them at home because... well... I didn't really know of a simple way to do so. (I don't want to have to make dough at home - do you?) Then one day I saw someone on Food Network use crescent roll dough and I had an epiphany! However, when I made an attempt I was less than thrilled. :-( I found the texture of the substituted dough to be too soft and doughy for what I thought should be the package for a good empanada. (Although, thinking about it now they may have fried them which would likely yield a better result.) Next time I think I'll try pie crust or just making my own dough.


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/2 red pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 green pepper (diced)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 2 cans of crescent roll dough (or not)
  • sour cream (optional for serving)

Begin to brown the beef in a neutral oil and then add the diced vegetables. Sprinkle in some of each of the spices listed and mix it all together. Once you've gotten the mixture to taste to your liking, spoon the filling into the separated pieces of dough, fold over and seal the edges. Place on a cookie tray and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.