March 27, 2010

South of the Border

Test Recipes Week 11!

I've had these Taquitos from Our Best Bites bookmarked for a while now, and decided to test them out this week.  Then I noticed the Brazilian Lemonade link on the same post, so this week's test recipe sort of has a theme.  (If you've never checked out Our Best Bites before, go do so.  I have so many recipes bookmarked from their site that I'll be able to do a 2nd year of test recipes in 2011...)


1/3 c. (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. green salsa (I used regular, because that's what I had on hand)
1Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. sliced green onions
2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 c. grated Pepper Jack cheese
small corn or flour tortillas (about 12)
kosher salt

Combine cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well. 

Slightly warm your tortillas so they don't break while rolling.  Place a spoonful of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Then roll it up as tight as you can.  Place seam side down on the baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top. 

Bake at 425* for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.  Dip in salsa, sour cream or guacamole, or use your favorite toppings.

These were super yummy and super easy to make!  They also tasted very good when reheated.  I dipped them in sour cream and that's it.  This one is rated EXCELLENT.  There was also a drink recipe linked to the taquitos recipe.  The ladies over at OBB were raving about this drink, so I decided to try it out at the same time as the taquitos.



4 limes (with thin, smooth skin)
1 c. sugar
6 c. cold water
6 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk

Mix cold water and sugar until dissolved.  Chill until ready to use. This step can be done ahead of time.  Wash limes thoroughly with soap Cut the ends off the limes and then cut each lime into eighths.  Place 1/2 of the limes in your blender.  Add 1/2 of the sugar water, and pulse 5 times. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a pitcher and pour the blended mixture through the strainer and into the pitcher. Use a spoon to press the rest of the liquid into the pitcher. Repeat with remaining limes and sugar water. Add sweetened condensed milk.  Add more sugar or milk if it's too bitter.  Serve immediately over ice. Serves 4.
OBB said this does not keep well, so only make the amount you think you'll need (I made a half recipe).  This was another 'oops' recipe for me.  I don't own a wire-mesh strainer, so I attempted to strain (SLOWLY) through a paper towel.  A couple times some rind spilled over into the pitcher, but I just scooped it out with a spoon.  Overall, I rated this recipe GOOD.  It was a little too bitter for me, even after adding more sugar.  I would attempt it again (using an actual strainer), and try even more sugar.

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