Impossible Taco Pie, My Way

I’m not sure where I found this recipe but it took me back in time.  Do you remember Impossible Pies from the 1970’s?  The recipes were first printed on the sides of boxes of Bisquick™ and then they were in the Sunday circulars and other monthly periodicals.  They sort of fell away, but seem to be making a come-back, I’m happy to say.

As I read this recipe from Betty Crocker, Impossibly Easy Taco Pie, I thought that there were a few things that I could do differently to make it my own.  DH is not a fan of this sort of dish, but I know that our next door neighbors, who by the way moved recently up the road a piece, would certainly appreciate a lunch of Taco Pie.

 

Impossible Taco Pie, My Way

1 lb. Ground Beef (but Turkey would work nicely too)

½ C. diced Onion

1 Tbsp. Auntie Doni’s Taco Seasoning Mix (1oz. pck of any commercial brand will do, minus the Flour )

½ Tbsp. Flour

2/3 C. Water

¼ C. chopped Hatch Green Chiles (or any brand you prefer)

½ C. Sliced Black Olives, drained

½ C. canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained

½ C. frozen Corn, defrosted and drained

2 stalks Green Onion, thinnly sliced

1 C. Milk

2 Eggs

½ C. Original Bisquick™ Mix

1 C. shredded Cheddar Cheese (I used the Mexican Blend), divided

To taste, Sour Cream, Salsa, Guacamole, shredded Lettuce-however you top your Taco

 

Preheat the oven to 400⁰

Grease a 10 inch pie plate.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble the Ground Beef; just before the meat is done add the diced Onions, stirring often (we want just a bit of crunch left to the Onions).

Sprinkle the Taco Seasoning over the meat mixture and stir well.  Now goes in the Flour (if using), again stir that in well and let everything cook for about 1 minute.  Add the water and scrape up any nice brown bites on the bottom of the pan, combine well and simmer to thicken the sauce.  Stir in the Chiles, Olives, Black Beans, Corn and Green onion, off heat.   Turn the entire contents of the skillet into the Pie Plate.

In a bowl, mix together very well, the Eggs, Milk, Bisquick™ and ¼ cup of the shredded Cheese; pour over the meat mixture.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean.

Sprinkle the remaining Cheese over the top of the pie and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes to finish setting up the Pie.

How good does that look?!

Slice and serve warm or at room temperature, topped with your choice of goodies, like any other Taco.

ENJOY!

And as always, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it make it your own, like adding Cilantro or diced Green Peppers or Tomatoes, how about a little Salsa to the batter mix?  Just make it yours.

*Cook’s Note: My Pie Plate is a standard 9 inches; I found a 10 inch aluminum Pie Pan at the Dollar Tree of all places!  This way I could share and the next door neighbors don’t need to worry about returning a plate 😉 Also, with all of those added goodies in the middle of the Pie, a 9 inch pan wouldn’t be large enough.

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Trader Joe’s Smoked Rainbow Trout For Sunday Brunch

Since introducing my husband to Smoked Rainbow Trout awhile back, he’s hooked! (pardon the pun) 😀

So for this Sunday’s Brunch I made DH scrambled Eggs with Litehouse Salad Herb Blend, some diced Tomatoes from my patio pot garden, a toasted English Muffin and some of that Smoked Rainbow Trout.

For myself (for some reason, I’m allergic to Trout), I made as well a toasted English Muffin, topped with the same herb infused scrambled Eggs; then sprinkled on some shredded sharp White Cheddar Cheese and a final flourish of the herb blend, just because I like it.

YUM!

Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams, Yup!

I love Clam Sauce, but not when it’s served with the Clams still in the shells, that’s just way too much work at the table for me.  So I had this tin of chopped Clams in the pantry for awhile now, I thought I was buying canned Tuna, oops.  What to do, what to do?

Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams

(Serves One Diner)

1 6.5 oz. can Chopped Clams, drained & reserve the juice (try to leave the grit behind)

1 small (approx. 1 -1 ½ Tbsp.) Shallot, finely minced

1 tsp. Garlic, finely minced

1 Tbsp. Butter

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Dry White Wine (something you enjoy drinking, NOT Cooking Wine though)

1 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, rough chopped

Heat a pan over medium with the Olive Oil; sauté the Shallots and Garlic for about 1 minute, not long, you don’t want the Garlic to brown too much.  Add the Wine to deglaze the pan; stir in the Clams, Butter and ½ of the reserved Clam juice to start.  Simmer for about a minute or two til it starts to thicken; then add in the remaining Clam juice to a desired consistency (I used all of the juice), as well as the Parsley, combine well.

Serve over Pasta, Rice, Polenta or solo with some nice Bread to sop up all that goodness.  Top with grated Cheese and more chopped Parsley.

** Cook’s note: If you’d like your dish saucier, just increase the Butter, Wine and use some bottled Clam Juice.  I was good with this dish, though more sauce would have been nice for extra bread dipping 😉

I made Thick Spaghetti for DH’s Steamed Mussels and Clams for moi, MMM!

ENJOY!

Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry, Comfort Food

The weather here in the middle of the desert is changing.  Our overnight lows have crept down to the 30’s if you can believe that.  Since moving here to the mainland from Hawaii and experiencing what real cold is like, I want comfort food, my kind of comfort food.

 

Auntie’s Pork & Veggie Stir Fry

½ lb. Pork, thinly sliced

1 C. Snow Pea, trimmed & cut into bit sized pieces

½ C. Sweet Red (or any other color you like) Bell Pepper, cut into bite sized pieces

¼ C. Sweet White Onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts

4-5 dried Shitake Mushrooms, following package directions to re-constitute and then sliced thin

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (anything but Olive Oil really)

1 tsp. Corn Starch

1 tsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 tsp. minced Garlic

1 tsp. grated Ginger

¼ tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. White Pepper

Stir Fry Sauce:

½ C. Stock or Broth, either Chicken or Pork or Vegetable its up to you

1 Tbsp. Sake

1 Tbsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce

1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil

Cornstarch Slurry, to your liking (I like a thinner sauce, so I only use about 1 tsp and see how I like it)

 

I start by getting everything prepped, Stir Fry moves fast.

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I use a measuring cup to mix up the sauce; add the Stock/Broth first, next the other wet stuff and stir well.  In a small bowl, start with 1 tsp. of the Cornstarch and add just enough water to make a slurry, set aside.

Combine the Pork with that other teaspoon of Cornstarch and Shoyu.

Heat a large pan over medium-high with the oil.  Once you see wisps of smoke, it’s hot, let’s go!

Add the Pork mixture to that hot pan and stir it around until there’s no more pink to the meat.  Add in the White Onions and stir some more until they’re translucent.  Next goes in the Red Peppers, Snow Peas, Mushrooms and the white part of the Green Onions; stir.  Now toss in the Garlic and Ginger and cook until they’re fragrant.  Pour in that sauce that you combined earlier in the measuring cup, along with the S&P and stir to combine everything.  Cover and reduce the heat to med-low to let the Snow Peas steam for, oh, maybe 2 minutes, we like crisp-tender veggies.

Lastly, give that Cornstarch slurry a stir and add that to the pot, you got it, stirring again!

How’s it look?

Too thin?

Add more slurry to your liking.

Too thick, add some Stock/Broth or even water.

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Sprinkle those thinly sliced Green Onion tops over it and serve warm over noodles or rice or even by itself … we went for Chow Mein noodles.  Now that’s comfort food for us!  And how gorgeous does that look?

As always, remember, a recipe is simply someone’s idea, you take it and make it yours.  Add or delete what your household likes.  Try this with diced Chicken or any other vegetables you like; heh, why not go totally Veggie?

ENJOY!

Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Used Two Ways

I have been chomping at the bit to try this particular seasoning from Miners Mix, seeing as I make so much chicken, you’d think that my husband and I cluck!

The wind died down a bit and gave me a small window to grill up some boneless/skinless Chicken thighs along with some veggies. The prep was simple.  I dried the meat with some paper towels and sprinkled on some Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Seasoning and Rub.

For the Zucchini this time around, I used Miners Mix Wholly Chipotle seasoning along with some Olive Oil and then to the gas grill we went.

What a great combo!  That kiss of smokiness from the grill set everything off perfectly!

Round two…

A recipe or should I say technique that I’ve heard so much about over the years is Beer Can Chicken.  Let’s give this a whirl.

I washed and patted this whole chicken down with paper towels and then applied some softened butter and a generous amount of Miners Mix Poultry Perfection seasoning.  Over a half can of beer this went, butt side down in a roasting pan, with the other half of the can of beer in it.  It got windy here in the middle of the desert again, so I slide this birdie into the oven at 350⁰ for, oh, about 45 minutes to an hour or so, until the internal temp got to 165⁰.

Look at how pretty this came out will ya?!

I loosely tented the chicken with tin foil and let it rest for 30 before carving, to let all of the juices redistribute back into the meat.

This came out so moist and yummy!  I roasted some Fingerling Potatoes the last 30 minutes with the Beer Can Chicken, and served it all up with some steamed Green Beans.

Two delicious meals courtesy of Miners Mix, thanks Ole’ Miner!

The Weekend’s Here, Happy Aloha Friday!

Back a few years ago, on one of our trips back home to Hawaii, we went to the Honolulu Fish Auction, what a blast!

Palate after palate of the freshest fish, I mean just brought out of the Pacific Ocean fresh, kept coming out from the fishing boats.  Eat more fish!!

ALOHA!

Miners Mix Hot-Banero Spiced Cashews

I’m pretty sure I mentioned to the class that I received a very generous gift of assorted Seasonings and Rubs from the Ole’ Miner at Miners Mix.

The spiciest mix of the lot is this Pepperhead’s Hot-Banero; can you see that this one has Ghost Peppers in it?  My husband’s good buddy, Mister Dear Friend, is a true Pepperhead and LOVES everything muy caliente!  So I was sitting here tried to think of what else I could use this warm spice with/on … DING! 💡  Spiced Nuts!

So I gathered my ingredients and got to work.

 

Miners Mix Hot-Banero Spiced Cashews

1 tsp. Miners Mix Pepperhead’s Hot-banero Seasoning

½ Tbsp. pure Maple Syrup

1/8 tsp. Sea Salt

1 C. raw-unsalted and shelled Cashews

 

Pre-heat our oven to 325⁰.

In a medium sized bowl, combine until smooth, the first 3 ingredients.

Add the nuts and mix until all the nuts are evenly coated with the pieces mixture.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.

Spread the nuts in a single layer on the pan and bake for about 15-20, or until the nuts are fragrant.

Cool and serve or package in a zip bag for later munchies.

HEH! Christmas is coming, would this make a great gift for any Pepperhead?

ENJOY!