Monday, August 23, 2010

Burrito Bowls... and Gourmet Smores???

This is a family favorite, so get ready! Burrito bowls and cheesy nachos.
Burrito Bowls
2 chicken breasts
Taco Seasoning
2 cups uncooked basmati rice
1 can black beans
1 tomato diced
2 green onion
1/4 cilantro chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
Jar Salsa
Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

1. Sprinkle taco seasoning all over chicken breasts, then grill till done.
2. While chicken is cooking make rice (add a touch of salt to rice for flavor), prep other ingredients (I put beans, tomato, green onion, salsa, sour cream all out on my island for easy assembly)
3. The cilantro and lime juice will be stirred into your rice when it is finished.
4. Once chicken is cooked remove from grill and cut into bite sized pieces (during colder months when I don't use the grill, I use a wok and cut the chicken up before I cook, your preference)
5. Assemble bowls, layer Cilantro lime rice, chicken, beans, tomatoes, green onion, sour cream and salsa... the key to this dish is the sour cream it makes everything so creamy and tasty... this is a family favorite and one that I make A LOT! It reminds me of Cafe Yum (a Eugene favorite, or The Whole Bowl - a food cart here in PDX)

I served this with cheesy chips, I made one little plate and put it in the middle of the table for us to munch on between bites of the burrito bowl. Another nod to Relish for this one, although there are some variances to their original dish.

So my family goes camping a lot in the summer, and when I mean family I mean extended family from my dad's side that can reach upwards of 40-60 people. This trip was small, closer to about 25, but we had a great time. We had two potlucks, one is cocktails and appetizers (this time was a little difficult for some because it was mostly spicy or seafood - I had to go and make myself a sandwich because I am a wuss when it comes to spicy food and I can't do seafood) the second potluck was fantastic and more than made up for the previous one, everyone turned out to have a Tex-Mex sort of dish. We ended up with taco salad, yum bowls, BBQ pulled pork, tequila lime wings, Frito rice pie, beans (SO GOOD), and for dessert we had a dump cake (apple cinnamon) made in a dutch oven on the fire.

But I digress, after the cocktails and appetizers on Friday I brought a Fantastic Smores Buffet (say it like the British do, that is how I say Buffet in my head -think Turkey Curry Buffet from Bridget Jones's Diary) my family has been experimenting over the years a little with smores, we thought we had hit the jackpot with substituting a peanut butter cup for a slab of Hershey's chocolate until I cam across an article in the last Food Network Magazine, there was a two page spread devoted to gourmet smores. I immediately tore it out and thought we had to try them at the next camp out, I went to my local WINCO and bought everything I needed mostly from the bulk section and brought it to the fire after our Friday night potluck, it seemed to be a resounding success and one we will replicate hopefully next year. Here are some of the interesting combinations:
Elvis Smore (this one I think was the resounding winner)
Honey Graham
Peanut Butter
Roasted 'mallow
**we also did a variance where we used a chocolate covered graham cookie instead of just the regular graham, I thought it was a bit heavy but others thought it was divine**

Cinnamon Toast Smore
Cinnamon Graham
White Chocolate square
Butterscotch Chips
Roasted 'mallow
** key to this one is to melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips on the fire while toasting the 'mallow**

Peppermint Patty Smore
Chocolate Graham
Small Peppermint patty
Mini chocolate chips
Roasted 'mallow
**we did a variance on this one too with a mint chocolate covered chocolate cookie -store brand grasshopper cookie, again I thought this was a bit heavy but those that liked mint swooned - said it was refreshing**

Caramel Apple Smore
Cinnamon Graham
Thinly sliced green apple
Rolo's Candie (although maybe a different caramel that was easier to soften might have been better)
Roasted 'mallow
**must melt candy while roasting 'mallow**

Do any of you have interesting smore recipes? I would love to add it to the buffet!

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  3. My 8yr ols loves burritos, I am going to try making this..

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  6. Yum! I'm getting hungry :)

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  7. Hey I'm a new follower from Mingle Mondays - your blog has officially made me SOOOO Hungry! :)

  8. Those burrito bowls look absolutely yum!


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