National FOOD TRUCK day was spent at home this year….we are preparing for our annual Halloween extravaganza and thusly are too poor to go downtown just for food. I still needed some food truck in my life. So, I prepared one of the items that I would sell from my imaginary food truck. CUBANO EGGROLLS fool! I mean, obvs i’m big into “fusion” foods.. and obvs i’m creative AF…..but I am also super into promoting local. (In case you didn’t already know). I purchased this cannon-balls relish called Dillapeno (<<buy it here <<) relish from the Smithers Family at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival I attend every year. If you love pickles.. as I do… PLEASE try this shiz. I used it in place of pickle slices in my cubans. I made waaay to many but luckily I have a large hungry crew of friends who randomly sail by to graze grub…. otherwise I would be way larger and way in charger. On my food truck, I would make these dericious cuban wraps becasue they are totally finger food and totally a “quickie” item. I wrap so tight… you should too.
Why Yes, I do like to theme cook! I theme dress, theme drink and theme party, why not theme cook too? On Tuesdays we TACO…..or some version of something “taco like”. I serve Mexican beer or we take tequila shots and sometimes I wear my tiny sombrero. Its mucho adorkable. This week I made taco empanadas with fritos and ranch beans…..and it was a bitchin success! I made 6 and it fed 3 with 2 for the first mate to take to work the next day. This shit was so easy… even a white girl can do it! Most empanadas are of Latin origin, have a pastry shell, and either a savory or a sweet filling. As you know, I am a savory wench. A lot of empanada recipes have cheese inside it.. I don’t like to do that because when reheating them, the cheese gets fucking weird. So I made a chipotle queso sauce to smother these fuckers with. Also, no taco type substance is complete without an avocado element. Hence, HOLY GUACAMOLE! (not included in this post) The minion was all “I don’t like the yellow things” and I was all…”suck it up and eat it or starve!” Long story long… the crew didn’t starve, and will survive to fight another day thanks to Captain D’kay and her taco frito empanadas!
2 thawed pie pastrys (comes with two per box usually)
some flour – to keep things from getting sticky
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 can rotel with chilies
1/2 can golden hominy
1/4 diced white onion
some minced garlic
1/2 cup fritos- crushed (like when chang crushes fritos in OITNB…if you have seen that one)
taco seasoning mix-powder
2 green jalepenos – diced and deseeded
1 can RANCH BEANS – that’s right.. because this is MY WAY damnit!
1 tbsp taco sauce
…….Dama El Grande Queso!:
1/2 cup sharp cheddar
1/2 cup monterey jack
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
smoked chipotle powder
…… Taco magic:
pour evoo in a large deep pan
brown onions for 2 minutes then add garlic
add beef and taco seasoning – brown
add rotel and hominy
smash ranch beans in a bowl with a potato masher- HULK SMASH!
a round of tequila shots for you, yourself and your other hand. You deserve it!
roll out pie dough on floured surface
cut out rounds as big as your hand (makes about 6 depending on your size- I put my hand down and make a circle around it with my blade)
press scraps together and make more rounds – it’s easy if you try.
spoon some beans onto the middle of each round
spoon some beef mix onto the middle of each round
top with some crushed fritos
fold over and press down on sides with fingers
fork around the edges to seal
pour some taco sauce in a small bowl and whisk with egg- it gives the crust a shiny brown finish.
egg wash the whole thing with a brush
poke some holes to release pressure with a fork
I like to make shapes with the left over dough and stick them on with egg wash… like hearts, stars, and skulls like this one that is in the mail on it’s way to me. It will be mine!… skull cookie cutter
bake these beaners for about 15 – 20 min depending on how golden you like them. I like my crispy and brown
take a shot of Tequila!
heat butter in a small sauce pot
add flour to make a paste
whisk in milk
add chipotle and garlic seasoning
bathe your tongue in this cheesy goodness! Drench the empanadas with this golden love sauce.
This, I must divulge in another post… can’t give away all my secrets in one day! You can either make your own or buy some store crap until then….Tequila Shot! Drink up me hearties yo ho!
Holy pepperoni batman! Thank the gods for pizza bundt cake! The crew had been begging for something bad… something so bad it’s good. I can’t lie… I had the itch too. I had heard of such a thing before, but never had I been privy to such a tasty mouthful of desire before. I’m literally drooling whilst writing about it. Maybe I will have that last tiny slice in the fridge real quick…..
OK, now I can continue. The first mate finally (after I tortured him and threatened the plank) decided to grace me with his presence in the skullery. I loved that he got his hands dirty… dirty with pizza juices! This was so simple and perfect for a Friday night for our Pirates of the Caribbean marathon. I don’t usually like to slave away on Friday nights but, I’m currently poor and still hungry. Hence… PIZZA BUNDT is amazeballs. Especially when its drunk drizzled with a zesty pizza sauce. Also, I did everything the lazy way.. no organic or home made shit in this recipe. Sometimes you gotta let loose and eat junk. We are fat and happy today. You should be too. Huzzah!
2 Cans of rolled Pizza Dough
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
a healthy hand full of a really good Italian seasoning
a few fresh basil leaves chopped small
⅓ cup EVOO
1 – 8 oz package of teeny mini pepperoni (turkeyroni will work too)
a few spoonfulls of fresh minced garlic
OPTIONAL but suggested because it’s tasty as fuck: 1 small can of drained pineapple chunks
OPTIONAL but suggested because it’s tasty as fuck: 1 small can of drained sliced black olives
1 small jar of zesty pizza sauce
preheat oven to 350
chop dough in to slices then quarters
mix all this shit ACCEPT the sauce, in a large bowl….toss it and floss it. Use your hands…..it’s more fun.
put it all in to a sprayed bundt pan
bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes
plop it on a plate, serving tray, and cover with sauce (it’s like pizza icing)
This fourth of July I made several things (I will post next). One of which was my “goin HAM rolls”. These rolls aren’t magic but they are pretty damned tasty… enough to be requested every year. I scoured the internet for a recipe just like it but apparently it’s pretty original. Everyone makes these with just pickles and cream cheese or rolled in tortilla to make pinwheels…ok. What ever floats your schooner. I usually alter my recipes over time…this one is from my late momma and I don’t have to change it at all. Mother effing Perfection rolled up and swallowed. The key to a great “party appetizer” is simple first, then tasty… don’t try to be too fancy when it just needs to be a counter top finger food item. From the Master at Arms down to the powder monkeys and swabbers alike, they will ALL have their dirty nose pickers all over these sons a bitches. So get out the biggest cutting board you’ve got in the scullery and go crazy! AAAAAaahhhhhhh!
2 packs of rectangle ham. Comes with about 20 or so pieces of ham.
2 packs of 8 0z cream cheese -the softer the better
1 yellow bell sliced long ways very thin
2-3 roma tomatoes sliced in long strips
2 giant dill pickles – sliced thin strips but slice out soft seedy middles and eat them now.. you probably need a snack… and no one likes soggy pickle spears in their ham rolls.
several slices of red onion – use the outside long pieces not the small round center pieces
7-9 pieces of pre cooked bacon (I like the spicy jalepeno bacon for this)
5-6 slices of sharp cheddar cheese -sliced in 1/4 inch thin strips
It was TaCo TuEsDaY last night y’all and you know I never skip a meal! Alas I am trying to stay on the healthy train though so lettuce wraps are a good alternative to tacos. I have been craving PF Changs lettuce wraps but pillaging and looting hasn’t been so great lately, so I made my very own… with some twists of course. First off, I use lean ground turkey instead of chicken and mine are somewhere around 350 calories instead of 530 calories like our friend Changs. Usually, I’m like “FUKIT” but my ASS is large and in charge and it needs to calm the fuck down. SO, without further adoo…. Behold, the badassery that is “Lean turkey lettuce wraps” along with the most coveted of my booty of sauces “The Holy Green Sauce”. This really took about 30 minutes tops (that includes making the sauce) Please, hold the applause until the end of the performance.
1 lb lean ground turkey
minced garlic – don’t be shy now
1/2 large white onion – diced- Have I ever shared how to swashbuckle an onion properly? Please watch this, it will make you a better person. –You’re doing it ALL WRONG
ginger – as much or as little as you want
1/4 cup peanut sauce, I like the organic brands at whole foods
1/4 cup orange stir fry sauce
1 tbsp. white rice wine vinegar
1 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts – What do you call nuts on your chest? ANSWER HERE!
4 green onions
sriracha (all of it…lol)
1-2 heads romain (or butter) lettuce.
red pepper flakes
Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan, add turkey and cook until browned, swashbuckle it while it cooks
stir in minced garlic and white onion, all sauces & vinegar
2 min later, stir in chestnuts and some sriracha and red pepper flakes
cook for like 2 more minutes… just to be sure.
load that shit in a lettuce taco and top it with green onions
……..the HOLY GREEN SAUCE:
a whole clove of roasted garlic
a bunch of cilantro
juice a whole large lime
half of an avocado
EVOO (about 1/4 cup)
a dollop of greek yogurt
4 serrano peppers (seeded and chopped)
(optional: 1 roasted ancho pepper)
flavorgod’s spicy everything seasoning
Himalayan salt – if you think you need it.
Blend that shit to a creamy mess in a food processor and taste it to make sure it’s not poison. I keep mine in a Guy Fieri squirt tube for easy access. PUT THAT SHIT ON EVERYTHING!
Now, squirt holy green sauce and sriracha over your turkey wrap tacos and enjoy… as you see here, I did. Thoroughly.