Carne Asada

One of the places Jeremiah and I eat out at a lot is Chipotle. On more than one occasion, we have tried to make our own at home. I also was telling Jeremiah about these amazing black beans and rice I had eaten at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. I was convinced they used chicken broth and I could try to replicate the flavor at home.

This was our attempt last week and trying to replicate both these tasty dishes. Although we thought the Carne Asada had really good flavor, making it along with rice, beans, guacamole, and Pico from scratch made quite a mess to clean-up. Sometimes, it’s just easier to go out and stand in line.

FullSizeRender (6)Carne Asade by Show Me the Yummy
2 lb. flank steak
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. olive oil
¼ c. orange juice
¼ c. lime juice
¼ c. lemon juice
¼ c. soy sauce
2 T. white vinegar

In a small bowl, mix spices. Then, stir in oil. Rub half of mixture on each side of the steak. Mix together remaining ingredients. Spray Crockpot with nonstick spray. Pour in half of juice mixture. Place in steak and pour over with remaining juice. Cook on low for six hours.

Black Beans by Amber Bourek
8 oz. dry black beans
1 c. low sodium chicken stock
water
½ diced yellow onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
salt
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder

Rise black beans. For beans in sprayed Crockpot. Cover with 1 cup of chicken stock and enough water to cover by two inches. Add in onion, garlic, and seasonings. Cook on high for six – seven hours.

Note:

I put together a few recipes to make this dish. I cooked them for 4 hours. They were still a little hard so I kept cooking them. My husband thinks we should have soaked the beans for 24 hours and then they would have cooked in 3 ½ to 4 hours.

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Caramel Sea Salted Brownies

I ran across this recipe a few weeks ago in The Kansas CityStar’s Sunday coupon section of the paper. Very easy and flavorful recipe. However, I think my recipe for the Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies is even better.

Sea Salt Caramel BrowniesCaramel Salted Brownies by Morton Salt
1 box of brownie mix (plus ingredients)
20 caramels, unwrapped
1 T. milk
sea salt grinder

Mix box of brownie mix according to directions. Pour into a 8×8 square pan. Melt caramels and milk in microwave for 1 minute on high, then 10 second intervals until smooth. Pour over brownie mix. Bake according to brownie mix directions. Remove from oven sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Cool before cutting.

Sweet and Salty

One of the reasons we love sweet and salty combinations is because it tantalizes two totally different taste bud sections on our tongues. This recipe was a must with words like “pumpkin”, “salt”, and “caramel” in the title. It came from Pillsbury.com. I have to say, this is one of the best new recipes I have tried this year. But I should warn you, it does have a few more steps than I usually prepare.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream
4 T. butter, melted
6 oz. cream cheese, soften
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 sugar
5 T. flour
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 c. pecans, finely chopped
2 cans seamless crescent rolls
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/8 tsp. salt
5 T. caramel syrup
4 T. cinnamon sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush baking sheet with 2T. of melted butter. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and pumpkin with electric mixture on medium speed until smooth. Add egg yolk, vanilla, sugar, 3 T. flour and pumpkin pie spice, beat on low speed until blended. Reserve 4 tsp. of pecans; set aside. Stir remaining nuts into creamy mixture.

Unroll a one can of dough onto a slightly floured surface. Press dough to 14 x 12. Lightly score dough with pairing knife in half horizontally. Lightly score bottom half into 12 squares (approximately 3 x 2 1/4 in.). Spoon heaping tablespoon of pumpkin filling into center. Gently lift and position unscored half of dough over filling. Starting at the top folded edge, press down with handle of a wooden spoon to seal. Using a toothpick, poke a small hole into the top of each ravioli. Using a pizza cutter, cut between each ravioli, place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining 1 T. flour, dough sheet, and filling. Brush ravioli with remaining 2 T. melted butter.

Bake 9-14 minutes or until golden brown.

In the meantime, beat whipping cream and salt with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Beat in 2T. caramel syrup until stiff peaks form. Transfer to serving bowl; cover and refrigerate.

Remove ravioli from oven. Sprinkle with 2 T. cinnamon sugar, turn, and sprinkle back side. To serve, place 2 raviolis a dessert plate. Drizzle each with caramel syrup and a sprinkle of pecans. Spoon a dollop of whipped cream onto plate. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information: (12 serving) 380 calories (220 from fat), 25 g. fat (13 saturated and .5 g. trans fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium, 35 g. carbs, 1 g. fiber, 16 g. sugar, and 4 g. protein. 45% Vitamin A and 6% calcium.

Notes:

  • I halved the recipe and used regular crescent rolls.
  • I used only 1 T. of butter by baking on an Air Bake cooking sheet.
  • I used Egg Beaters egg white instead of an egg yolk.
  • I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese.
  • I substituted fat free Cool Whip for the heavy whipping cream. I think it worked and had less fat.
  • I didn’t have cinnamon sugar so I mixed cinnamon and sugar together to make 1 T.