Spicy Southwestern Chilaquiles – #GreatAmericanCookIn

As part of the #GreatAmericanCookIn, Catherine de Orio came up with a few custom recipes to get you cooking.

 

This recipe has a decent amount of ingredients, but don’t get overwhelmed. The process is straightforward.

Spicy Southwestern Chilaquiles | TheBachelorBasics.com

Spicy Southwestern Chilaquiles | TheBachelorBasics.com
Spicy Southwestern Chilaquiles
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Instructions
  1. In a small non-reactive bowl, place strips of red onion and cover with rice vinegar and a generous pinch of salt. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. In a non-reactive glass bowl, place the guajillo peppers. Pour boiling water over the top of the peppers and be sure they are completely submerged. Let peppers soften for approximately 30 minutes. Drain and reserve soaking liquid. Discard stem and seeds.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and jalapeño and sauté an additional 1-2 minutes. Add Hunt’s Tomato Paste and cook for a minute. Next add RO*TEL and 4 tablespoons of reserved liquid from peppers. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer sauce to blender and pulse until smooth. Be careful when blending hot liquids! Return sauce to pan and simmer until slightly thickened. Adjust seasoning.
  5. While sauce is simmering, spray a non-stick frying pan with PAM Original Cooking Spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add Egg Beaters and scramble.
  6. Arrange chips on serving platter. Spoon sauce over top. Next add scrambled eggs. Top with avocados and pickled onions. Sprinkle cheese over top and garnish with cilantro, jalapeño and sour cream. Serve with lime wedges and extra sauce on the side.
Recipe Notes

Tips

  • Smoke it out: Add 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the sauce to give it some added heat and smoky flavor.
  • Make it ahead: Having people over for brunch? Avoid the last minute rush by making the sauce the night before and keeping it refrigerated. Reheat it just before serving. If it needs to be thinned out, add a small amount of chicken or vegetable stock.
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5 Best Ways to Repurpose Leftover Ham

There is no such thing as a small ham.

I bought the smallest bone-in ham I could find this year and after four people feasted, there was still ample pork left for the days to come.

Here are my 5 favorite ways to use up that delicious pig before it goes bad.

  1. Monday morning ham & cheese omelette– chop the pieces of ham into cubes, heat a skillet on medium for 3-5 minutes, whip up 2 eggs with a little salt and pepper. Pour some oil into the pan and add the eggs into the now hot skillet. Using a spatula, pull the eggs from the circumference of the pan into the center. After you pull the eggs to the center, tile the pan so the liquid egg fills the now vacant part of the pan. Once the eggs begin to set (less runny). add the cubed ham and shredded cheddar. Fold one end over creating a semi circle. If that doesn’t work, make them into scrambled eggs.croque monsieur
  2. Croque Monsieur– Be the envy of all your co-workers if you can make one of these. If your office has a toaster oven, you can transport yourself to Paris in 6 minutes. If you have whole grain mustard add that on top of the crustiest bread you can find. Take some of the thinly sliced ham and layer it on a long slice of bread. Procure some Gruyère or swiss and top your open-faced sandwich. Set the toaster oven to broil and watch as the cheese bubbles, browns and melts. 
  3. Quesadillas- What have we learned? Ham and cheese were meant to be together. Find a carb that facilitates simultaneously shoveling them into your pork hole.
  4. Ham salad Initially, that sounds disgusting, but add some of the leaner pieces to a salad for some salt and protein in your salad. Have any leftover hard-boiled eggs? Toss those in too.
  5. Split pea soup- This is one of my favorite soups. Whole Foods has this recipe for your slow cooker. The ham bone has tons of flavor making it a great addition to a soup. Spring is near, but in Chicago you never know when it will be here for good.

What are your favorite uses for leftover ham?

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Piggy Banana Pancakes Recipe

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Some days you just want to act like a kid and devour a whole stack of pancakes.

But, you know what makes pancakes even better? Pancakes shaped like a pig.

My sister gave my girlfriend a pig pan at Christmas and we tabled our normal cereal routine or eggs to test it out. Modifying this recipe for banana pancakes from My Baking Addiction, we embarked on our breakfast adventure.

The main changes were to add more cinnamon and swap almond milk for regular milk. I love cinnamon and find most recipes never have enough. When using shaped pans, it’s a good idea to make sure you use some butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking. After the pan heats up, add a small sliver of butter and swirl it around the pan to cover all the corners.

You’ll need to setup a second pan for the dramatic pig flip. It’s best if you have a griddle or a shallow pan. The closer you can get the pig pan to the griddle, the less your pig’s brain will escape. We dodged any pig massacres.

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If you aren’t experienced in making pancakes, when the batter starts to bubble or you see the edges curl up/in, those are good indicators that it’s time to flip.

We served ours with warmed maple syrup and just enough Reddi-Whip to guarantee my insulin levels were nearing the danger zone.

These may just make you oink like a swine for another serving.

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Piggy Banana Pancakes Recipe
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First attempt at pig-shaped banana pancakes.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
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Piggy Banana Pancakes Recipe
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First attempt at pig-shaped banana pancakes.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Mash the banana and mix all the wet ingredients with the banana.
  3. Combine dry and wet.
  4. Heat your pig-shaped pan or griddle, adding butter after the pan is hot (2-3 minutes).
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