Shredded Beef Chimichanga

I love making Mexican food.  These chimichangas will make you feel like you are sitting in a Mexican restaurant sipping a margarita!  The meat in this chimichanga is so tender and full of flavor.

You can either bake or fry the chimichanga.  I’ve done it both ways.  This one in this post I fried!  But they really come out pretty good in the oven.  Not as crispy, but definitely delicious!

I make these chimichangas with a chuck roast/pot roast in the pressure cooker.  It comes out completely tender and shredded beautifully! Give these a try!

Shredded Beef Chimichanga

Ingredients:

Beef:
2lbs chuck roast, fat trimmed ( cut into 3 chunks)
2 t chili seasoning
2 t cumin
2 t paprika
1 t cayenne pepper
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 medium onion, thick sliced
1 T oil
2 C no salt beef stock (or water)

Chimichanga:
4-6 burrito size tortillas
8-10 oz shredded cheese, I used chihuahua cheese  (Pick your favorite)
Oil for frying

Extras:
salsa
sour cream
avocado/guacamole

Directions: Mix together all the seasoning for the beef.  Sprinkle the seasoning over the beef pieces and pat in completely.

If you are using a pressure cooker/ instapot you will want to heat it up so you can brown the meat on both sides.

Heat the pot and add in the oil and brown the beef.  Once browned, add in the onion and beef stock.  Cover and let it come up to pressure and cook for 50-60 minutes.

Let the pressure come down naturally.  ( I personally use an old school pressure cooker so I only don’t have a quick release.  If you are finilar with your Instapot then you can use the quick release.)

Remove the beef and shred with a fork.  It should shred very easily.  Set beef aside.

In a large stock pot or deep frying pan add in a the oil.  You only new a few inches as you don’t need to completely submerge the burrito.  Preheat oven to 300. (We will put the cooked chimichangas in the oven to keep warm while we finish the rest of them)

An easy way to know if the oil is hot enough, you just need to put the end of a wooden spoon in the oil and if you see bubbles rising to the top around the spoon your oil is ready for frying.

Assembling the burritos.  Lay out your tortilla and add in a few spoonfuls of the meat and a few slices of the cooked onion.  Then add in the amount of cheese you want. I add in extra cheese since cheese makes everything better.  Be careful not to over fill or it will be hard to roll.

To roll the burrito fold the burrito in half and pull it back so the meat is all on one side.  Fold both sides of the tortilla in and tightly roll the tortilla.  I’m not a pro at folding but there are plenty of videos online to teach you 🙂 Continue with all the meat/tortillas.

Next gently add in the burrito to the oil, be careful to not let the oil splash. Cook on one side until golden brown in color and flip on the other side and do the same thing.

Once golden in color, carefully remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to let any excess oil drain off.  The put on a baking sheet and put in the oven while you continue with the rest of the burritos.

Continue frying the burritos and putt on the baking sheet.

Once all done, serve with your favorite toppings and sides and enjoy!

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chuck roast long slow cooking

 

Easy Steamed Crab Legs

I love me some crab legs!  I am a big seafood fan.  For Mother’s Day I ordered my Mom some crab legs and lobster from a place in Maine.  It was delicious.  I wanted to share how simple it is to steam crab legs.  I find this is the easiest way to cook them, although there are other methods out there.

I always buy the king crab legs.  The little snow crab legs don’t have nearly enough meat for me! This is really fool proof to do, the only thing you can do wrong is over cook them. But as long as you follow the time you’ll be fine!

Easy Steamed Crab Legs

Ingredients:
2 lbs Alaskan King Crab legs, thawed or frozen
1 stick salted butter, melted
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon (half juiced, half cut into wedges)
2 t fresh parsley, chopped

Directions: Fill a large pot with about 3-4 inches of water.  Bring water to a boil.  Add in a steamer basket to the pot.  Place the crab legs in the basket and cover.  Steam for about 6-10 minutes.  If they are thawed you will need to steam for about 4-5 minutes if they are still frozen add a few minutes.  Adjust cook time based on side of the legs. Cook until the crab is completely heated.

In a medium bowl add in the melted butter, garlic cloves, parsley and lemon juice. Set aside.

Remove the crab legs from the pot when done and serve with garlic butter and wedges of lemon. Enjoy!

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Filet Mignon Crostini

This is a little bit of an upscale appetizer.  Not overly fancy, but I guess people assume it’s fancy when they see the words Filet and Mignon!  This crostini is super simple to make.  You don’t have to use a filet, you can use any steak or any left over beef you have.  It’s better for a more tender piece of meat, but anything you have will do.

Think of this for your next party or even a fancy night in!

Filet Mignon Crostini

Ingredients:

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 t pepper
2 t salt

2 filet mignon steaks, (about 8 or 9 oz total)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t steak seasoning (optional)
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 T horseradish
salt, sprinkling

Direction: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and horseradish.  Set aside.

Rub oil over the steaks on both sides.  Seasoning the steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning on both sides.  Cook steaks the way you prefer.  Grill for 4 minutes on each side depending on grill temperature and thickness of the filets.  Once finished cooking let rest. Once rested, thinly slice the filet.

To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of ricotta mixture on top of the crostini.  Add a slice of the filet on top and finish with a light sprinkle of coarse salt. (This step is optional, just helps bring out the flavors)  Serve immediately.
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Brioche French Toast

I love making simple meals and sharing with my audience.  This brioche french toast, is so easy to make, but really stands out.

French toast is really a rather easy breakfast item to make.  You can use so many different types of bread.  This recipe I used sliced brioche bread.  It really holds up very well when dipping in the egg/milk mixture. Give it a try!

Brioche French Toast

Ingredients:

8 slices brioche bread, sliced
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 t vanilla extract
1 T white sugar, optional
butter/spray butter for cooking

Toppings:
syrup
butter
fruit
powder sugar

Directions: Heat a large saute pan on high heat.  On a flat medium bowl add in beaten eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar (if added) Beat with a fork.  Next spray the pan with spray butter or add in butter and mix around to cover the bottom.  Lower heat to medium high.

Next dip the slice of brioche bread in the mixture and flip over to coat the other side.  Add to the pan.  Continue with a 2 more slices of bread.  If you have a bigger pan (fit as many as you can) Let cook a few minutes until the one side is golden brown, then flip over to cook the other side.

Once you have the french toast cooked, add a few pieces to a a plate and add syrup and a sprinkle of powder sugar and whatever else you like! Enjoy!

Note: For 2 slices of bread it’s about 1/4 cup of milk and 1 egg, that’s a good rule of thumb for the egg/milk measurements.

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Cheesy Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Over the last 2 years I’ve really gotten into cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice has become such a popular side dish, especially with those who follow low carb and keto eating plans.  I enjoy it because it’s an easy way to get more veggies into my meals.

This recipe is beyond simple.  I will be honest, I prefer cauliflower that’s already riced.  I loath cutting or grating cauliflower rice.  LOL.  Yes, I know that’s a strong word, but I really don’t like it at all.  I prefer to just buy it already riced, fresh or even frozen.  The organic frozen rice I get from Trader Joe’s is by far my favorite. The pieces are nice and small and it cooks very well.  If you want to be a warrior and use fresh cauliflower go for it! Regardless this recipe is delish and simple.

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

Ingredients:
12 oz, frozen cauliflower rice
2 T Butter
¾ cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican mix)
¼ cup chunky salsa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
2 t low sodium taco seasoning (more to taste)
½ t garlic powder
½ t onion powder
½ lime, juiced
½ T olive oil
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle salt and pepper

Directions: Cook cauliflower rice in the microwave according to package but reduce the cook time by 2 minutes.  Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat.  Add oil and let heat a minute before adding in the onion and garlic.  Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add in the cauliflower rice, butter and taco season, garlic and onion powder.  Add the salsa and lime juice and stir.  Let cook covered 4-5 minutes.  Add the shredded cheese and mix until fully melted, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle in cilantro and serve immediately.

Note: You can also cook the cauliflower in a pan first vs in the microwave. I like doing in the microwave as I feel like it produces less water.  If there is water you can just drain in prior to adding to the sauté pan.

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

I’m no baker, like at all! I think I’ve mentioned that a few times before.  Even making this bread, I felt more stressed then I usually do when cooking.  When I cook, I just put ingredients together, I then write them down if I enjoy the dish.  Baking, I feel like need to be much more exact. Lot of measuring or weighing!  I am trying to be more open to baking so maybe eventually I’ll enjoy it more.

Welcome this Lemon Blueberry bread! It actually came out very delicious.  It’s not super sweet.  It’s  perfect recipe for breakfast, not really like a dessert type bread.  You can always use some extra sugar if you like it slightly sweeter.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 large lemon, juiced
1 large lemon , zest
3 eggs
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions: Preheat oven 350. In a medium bowl add in the butter and sugar.  Using a mixer on medium high cream the butter and sugar together.

Slowly add in the vanilla extract. Slowly add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Continue to use the mixer to beat together.

Next add in the eggs, lemon juice and zest and continue to beat.

Once fully incorporated fold in the fresh blueberries.  Generously spray a 8×4 loaf pan with cooking spray and add batter into the pan.

Bake in the oven 55-60 minutes.  Check the bread after 45 minutes as ovens will vary.  You want a toothpick or a knife to come out completely clean.  Let cool completely before cutting.  This is a very important step.  This cake isn’t one to be eaten warm.

If the bread starts to brown to much but the inside isn’t cooked, cover with foil to cook the inside and prevent the exterior from becoming to dark.

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