Monday, December 15, 2008

Recent Cravings

I had some left over pork and green salsa from tamales and decided I didn't want to make more and I remembered.....Gorditas. So there you have it: my first Gordita making attempt with some "cafe rio" dressing.

To make the puffy tortilla I mixed 2 cups of masa and 2 cups of warm water, made them into balls and flattened them out but not tortilla thin. I cooked them on a greased pan for a long time and made a slit with a butter knife about an inch wide, making sure not to cut through the gordita. I used the knife to continue to make a pocket inside the gordita so that I could stuff them with pork and green salsa.

For the green salsa, I used 5 to 6 tomatillos. I boiled them along with a jalepeno for about 15 minutes. I blended the tomatillos and 1/3 of the jalepeno with cilantro and salt to the taste.

For the pork, I used my slow cooker and put a whole package of pork ribs covered with water. It cooked for a while and I seasoned it with salt. Pretty simple.

For the cafe rio dressing, I used 2 boiled tomatillos, 1/3 boiled jalepeno, a bunch of cilantro and blended it with hidden valley ranch dressing packet (powder) , 1/3 cup milk, 2/3 cup Mayonaise. I didn't have buttermilk yesterday so I used regular milk...it turned out different and I didn't know if I liked it so I added about 2/3 cup of our own canned red salsa and thought it was an improvement. I've made this recipe before using half tomatillos and half red tomatoes. It gives it an orangish instead of green color and tastes pretty good.

I must have been hungry when I had a dream about brownies with walnuts, ice cream and minty, hot fudge sauce. It was a pretty vivid dream with stomach noises and all. I was craving them until I finally made some. Yummy.

These are brownies out of a package. Making brownies from scratch isn't much harder but might as well use the box since I had one. I used a typical hot fudge sauce recipe but instead of adding 2 tsp. of vanilla at the end I added 2 tsp. of mint extract.

9 comments:

Lettie said...

Mmmm! How were they? I have been holding off until Nate can stop by the Mexican food store on the way home to get me stuff for pibil.

Natalie Jensen said...

All that looks so delicious! Especially the brownies. What a bad time of year for me to swear off dessert!!

lucy said...

They were really good. The kids liked them so that's always a good sign. Next time I'm going to try something different when I make them....try to "perfect" them.

Nat--I always remember Mikaela and our time as roommates when I have this dessert

the Heatons said...

Unless you want me randomly showing up on your doorstep, you shouldn't post such scrumptious food! YUM!!!

To answer your questions, Jeff does also have a sleeper :) The only editing on the family shots was to crop and warm the temperature a bit. The single portraits were far away from the background, which helped blur it a lot. I only used the no flash setting, which is basically auto minus the flash. Hope that helps. I pretty sure you're doing just fine yourself, though. Your pics look great.

Bobby said...

You said your kids liked them, but didn't they also like eating dirt? ha just. I miss your tamales!

D said...

That looks really good. It makes me want some.

Tiffany said...

You're torturing me at 6:00 at night, when there's no dinner on my table yet!

Marisa said...

YUM YUM YUM I want to eat both right now!!! And those pix of your boys are awesome!

Supergabesmomma said...

Omigosh! That was just a mean, mean post! Now I need, NEED to eat that food! Holy cow. But at least you posted the recipes! Thanks. :o)

PS - thanx for the call - loved seeing Twilight again. Oh, wait...