Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cafe Rio Salad

Cafe Rio Salad
Green Dressing:
3 tomatillos, peeled, rinsed, and quartered
1 pkg. Ranch (buttermilk) dressing
1 c. mayo
1 c. cilantro
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 lime juice plus more for taste
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Blend in blender.
Pork marinade:
Cook pork roast in a crock pot on low for 8 hours with a little water in it. Shred pork. Then add:
1 can enchilada sauce
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 small can diced green chiles
1 can coke (not diet)
1 cup brown sugar
salt to taste
Cook again in crock pot on low for 1 more hour.

Chicken Marinade:
small kraft zesty italian dressing
1 Tbsp. cumin
3 garlic (minced)
5 lbs. chicken
Marinade chicken overnight in any Italian vinagrette dressing. Grill. Or you can cook chicken in the crock pot.

Salad Toppings:
Taco Bowls
Shredded Lettuce
Shredded cheese
sour cream
Black Beans
corn tortillas cut into strips and fried in oil in a pan
Black Beans:

1 can black beans, rinsed
2 Tbl finely mined onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup tomato juice
3 Tbl chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 tsp salt

Fry onion, garlic and cumin in a small amount of olive oil. Add beans, tomato juice, cilantro and salt and heat through.

Cilantro Lime Rice:

3 c water
3 c rice
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 tsp salt
¼ cup lime juice
1/2 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch cilantro, remove large stems
1 small can green chiles

Place water, rice, bouillon, and salt in pot. Bring to boil. Place lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro and green chilies in a blender and puree. Stir into rice. Simmer, covered, for about 25 minutes.

Homemade Tortillas:
3 cups flour ( I use 11/2 cups wheat and 11/2 cups white)
1/2 Tbsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup very hot water
Mix dry ingredients first, then add water and oil. Mix with a spoon as much as you can and knead rest. Divide dough into 10 balls. Set dough on flowered surface and cover with towel let stand 5 minutes then roll each ball as thin as you can with a rolling pin. Place on a greased or non-stick skillet or 350 degrees on an electric skillet. Flip 3 times- takes 2-3 minutes.

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