Saturday, October 14, 2017

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

On a chilly fall night, this soup will warm your family right up, even if you don’t add extra hot sauce. I started the recipe by doubling my own homemade enchilada sauce, then I turned it into soup! It's full of chicken, beans, cheese and to enhance the flavor illusion of enchiladas, golden hominy. This is some of that good! Best of all, it’s made in a slow cooker so you just have to dump stuff in from time to time and it cooks itself.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup 

Cheesy chicken enchilada soup would be a great dish to serve when the gang comes over to watch football. Just leave it in the slow cooker and so folks can help themselves. 

Ingredients
2 medium onions
2 (14 oz or 398g) cans crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons dark chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
6 medium chicken breasts about 1.65 lbs or 750g boneless chicken breast
140g cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheeses
1 (14 oz or 398g) can black or pinto beans
1 (14 oz or 398g) can golden hominy (substitute corn if you can’t find hominy)
3 cups chicken stock
8 oz cream cheese
120g extra sharp cheddar

Optional, to serve:
Grated cheddar cheese
Sliced jalapeños
Hot sauce

Method
Chop your onions and puree them in your blender with one of the cans of tomatoes and all of the spices.


Put the mixture in the slow cooker along with the second can of tomatoes and one extra tomato can full of water.

Add the chicken breasts to the very thick soup, making sure they are submerged, and cook on high for three hours.



Remove the chicken and set aside to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, chop the breasts into bite-sized pieces and store them well-covered in the refrigerator.


Drain and rinse your beans and hominy. Add them to the slow cooker with the chicken stock. Cook another 2 hours on high.


Add in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Cook on low for 1 hour.



Add the chicken back in and cook on high for 30 minutes, or until the soup is warmed through.

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.

Serve topped with more cheddar cheese, some sliced jalapeños and your favorite hot sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.


If you like this twist on enchiladas, you might want to try my cheesy corn beef taco muffins too.

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Food Lust People Love: This slow cooker cheesy chicken enchilada soup has all the wonderful flavors of your favorite enchilada dish in a warming bowl.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice #FoodieExtravaganza

Elevate rice from plain to a bejeweled side dish with golden saffron, crimson barberries and bright green pistachios. Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice is as pretty as it is tasty. If you have a rice cooker, it’s super simple as well.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate rice from plain to a bejeweled side dish with golden saffron, crimson barberries and bright green pistachios. Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice is as pretty as it is tasty. If you have a rice cooker, it’s super simple as well.

One of the best things about moving to a new place is learning about the local food culture and discovering new ingredients. New to me five years ago were barberries, a featured staple in our neighbor-across-the-gulf, Iran.

Barberries are little sweet and sour jewels that add a lovely sharp flavor to many dishes in the Middle East. The population of Dubai is such a wonderful mix of nationalities and cultures that just about every ingredient known to man must be available here, if you just know where to look for it. I came across barberries for the first time during a foodie tour with Frying Pan Adventures. If you are ever in Dubai and want to see how the real people eat, never mind the fancy, shiny high-rise hotel restaurants, I highly recommend booking the Frying Pan Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage.

The flavor of barberries reminds me of dried cranberries so if you can’t get them, chop up some cranberries instead. Ottolenghi suggests substituting dried currants soaked in lemon juice, but I know that currants are hard to come by in the United States. If you live in Australia or the UK (or somewhere else they are available) those would be a good option as well.

I’ve adapted this Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice from two recipes. 1. from Ottolenghi.co.uk, which gives more explicit instructions for cooking the rice and 2.  from a community member of Nigella.com which says simply, “Cook rice in a rice steamer.” I chose to use my rice cooker so those instructions follow.

The amounts below should also work on the stovetop, in a heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid. My mom always says that the right amount of water is 1 cup for each cup of rice plus 1 cup for the pot. Or follow the instructions on your bag of rice.

Ingredients
For cooking the rice:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups or 275g long grained basmati rice, rinsed under cold water and drained well
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 1/2 cups or 600ml cold water

For the dish:
1/2 teaspoon good quality saffron threads
3/4 cup or 50g dried barberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1/2 cup or 75g whole unsalted, roughly chopped pistachios
1/4 teaspoon salt
Few good grinds fresh black pepper

Method
Pour 1 tablespoon of boiling water over the saffron and set it aside to steep for 30 minutes.


Put the barberries in a small bowl and pour enough boiling water to cover them along with a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then drain.


Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in your rice cooker then add the rice, stirring to make sure the grains are well coated.

Add the cold water and 1 teaspoon fine sea salt. Stir well. Put on the lid and set to “Cook” mode. When the rice cooker switches from cook to warm, set a timer for 10 minutes and cover the still closed pot with a couple of dry tea towels.

When the timer rings, open the lid and pour your soaked saffron with the golden water on one small portion of the rice. Cover again with the lid then tea towels while you prepare the rest of the dish.


In a large saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and lightly toast the chopped pistachios along with the drained barberries over a medium heat. Add in the salt and a few good grinds of black pepper.


Use a spoon to remove the saffron colored section of the rice and fluff it up in a small bowl. Use a fork to fluff up the rest of the white rice.


Set aside a small amount of the barberries and pistachios to decorate the top, then add the rest to the rice pot, lightly folding them in till well combined. Then fold the saffron rice in lightly as well.


Spoon the rice into a serving dish then top with the reserved barberries and pistachios. Serve warm.

Food Lust People Love: Elevate rice from plain to a bejeweled side dish with golden saffron, crimson barberries and bright green pistachios. Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice is as pretty as it is tasty. If you have a rice cooker, it’s super simple as well.

Enjoy!

Complete your meal by making my Persian Lamb Meatballs and Egyptian Date Crescents for dessert.

Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice is my contribution to this month's Foodie Extravaganza where we are sharing recipes with nuts. Many thanks to our host is Caroline from Caroline's Cooking.


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Food Lust People Love: Elevate rice from plain to a bejeweled side dish with golden saffron, crimson barberries and bright green pistachios. Barberry Pistachio Saffron Rice is as pretty as it is tasty. If you have a rice cooker, it’s super simple as well.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins #SundaySupper

Love tacos but need for them to be more portable, less messy to eat? Make my spicy beef cheesy corn taco muffins. These savory muffins are made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal. They turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great mobile breakfast, brunch or lunch option.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins - These cheesy muffins made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great breakfast or brunch option.

The weekend I made these muffins was a get-‘er-done sort of weekend. We ran errands and crossed to-dos off the list that had been languishing there for ages. On day two of the weekend – that would be Saturday here – a song came on that reminded my dear husband of one of our favorite restaurants in Houston, Texas. “Let’s go to El Jardín for dinner!” he says. “You are a cruel, cruel man,” I responded. What we wouldn’t give to be able to eat at El Jardín anytime!

When my elder sister first started working in Houston, using her relatively freshly earned law degree, her office was just down the road from what would become our favorite Mexican restaurant, in a part of town that is not the most upscale, if you know what I mean. But the margaritas are inexpensive before evening dinner service and the food is deliciously prepared and served with a smile. The décor is cheerful, with brightly painted wooden chairs with straw-covered seats, colorful tile-topped tables and lots of tissue paper flowers and banners of papel picado, those decoratively snipped Mexican folk art tissue squares.

Even when we are in Houston, El Jardín is still a hike from our home but we make a point of going there whenever we get the chance.

So, the short end to this long story is that we had to have Mexican food for the dinner that night. Had to. That’s all. It wasn’t El Jardín but tacos with all the fixings were the best I could do on short notice, after two long days of getting ‘er done.

When you brown more than 500g (1.1 lb) of ground beef for tacos and you have only two people for dinner, you are going to have leftovers. These muffins are the perfect use for the leftover spicy beef, extending your Mexican meal through breakfast or brunch or even lunch the next day.

Leftover taco meat? Make Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins!

Think of them as portable tacos. No leftover meat? Next time, make extra, just so you can make these muffins. You won’t be sorry.

Ingredients
1 cup or 150g fine yellow cornmeal 1/2
1/2 cup or 65g flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 225g sour cream
1 1/4 cups or 10 oz or 280g Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chilies
2 eggs
1/2 cup or 120ml canola or other light oil
7 oz or 200g (about 1 1/2 cups) leftover seasoned ground beef for tacos
8 oz or 225g extra sharp cheddar or half cheddar and half Monterrey Jack cheese

Method
Preheat your oven to 375°F or 190°C and grease your muffin pan liberally with non-stick spray or butter.

Grate your cheese, if not already grated. Put a handful or so aside to top the muffins before baking.

Measure your cornmeal, flour, salt, baking soda and grated cheddar into a large mixing bowl and mix well.



Measure the sour cream and oil into a small mixing bowl. Add the eggs and the can of Ro-Tel tomatoes – juice and all. Whisk to combine.



Fold your wet ingredients into your dry ones until just mixed.



Set a little of the seasoned ground beef aside for topping the muffins before baking and fold the rest into the batter.


Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups.


Sprinkle the top with the reserved cheese and beef.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins - These cheesy muffins made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great breakfast or brunch option.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until you can see that the sides are turning golden brown.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins - These cheesy muffins made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great breakfast or brunch option.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Remove from the pan, loosening gently with a knife if necessary, and cool further on a wire rack.

Food Lust People Love: Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins - These cheesy muffins made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great breakfast or brunch option.

Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Spicy Beef Cheesy Corn Taco Muffins - These cheesy muffins made with spicy canned tomatoes and cornmeal turn leftover ground beef seasoned with taco spices into a great breakfast or brunch option.

Like spicy foods with a Mexican flair? You might want to try my chicken and black bean enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce, my easy breakfast Chilaquiles Rojos con Huevos Revueltos – Tortillas with Salsa and Scrambled Eggs or my Sopa Seca de Fideo - Spicy Mexican Noodles. All three are delicious and will satisfy your spicy cravings.

And if you love tacos as much as we do, you are going to be a huge fan of this week's Sunday Supper. Check out all the delicious taco recipes we are sharing today. Many thanks to our event manager Em Beitel for all of her hard work.

Breakfast, Dessert, and Alternative Tacos

Lunch and Dinner Tacos


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