Category: Vegetarian Corner

Fried Bean And Cheese Empanadas

Fried Bean And Cheese Empanadas

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I’ve been making Fried Bean And Cheese Empanadas for a while now. When I first started sharing my food creations back in 2011 I made a potato corn and cheese version of these empanadas… at the time I was calling them ‘Presley’s Pantry Veggie Gourmet Empanada/Pockets!’ – I know that’s a mouth full. I had decided to share them back then after hosting my extended family over for dinner one night. It was something to document since they had been a huge hit.

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Torta De Milanesa De Calabacita

Torta De Milanesa De Calabacita

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I remember it like it was yesterday.  I had just crossed the border into Tijuana, Mexico with my Dad (which was a rare occasion, since I hardly ever spent time with him).  He was determined to take me on an adventure and show me all the customs of TJ. From the stories that my Dad shared, TJ was a place with no rules, a grown-up fun house where you could take your shoes off and run through the streets and no one would say anything or look twice.  He also had a big love for the food and was hard set on taking me to his favorite torta shop.  My Dad has always loved a good torta de milanesa and this is one thing I know for sure about him, so I wasn’t surprised when this was the first thing he had on our agenda.

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Enchiladas Rojas de Queso

Enchiladas Rojas de Queso

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Enchiladas Rojas de Queso make me really happy because I know I’m about to bite into the most heavenly dish. I think it’s fair to say enchiladas are my most favorite thing to eat of all time. They hold such a heavy anchor to my childhood, and my grandfather making them for our family. He would make his own enchilada sauce, and my little eyes would watch worried they might be too hot. They never were…. they were perfect.

As I got older I realized enchiladas were a source of comfort for me, wanting them for birthdays or anytime I needed a little extra pop of pizazz in my life. I learned many ways of making them over the years from canned enchilada sauce to various types of fillings and cheeses. Gotta be honest, it’s only been on a very rare occasion I’ve met one I didn’t like, but nothing quite hits like the ones my grandfather used to make.

I have taken his enchiladas rojas de queso recipe and made it more times than I can count, and have the homemade enchilada sauce down. At this point I believe mine taste just like his and am grateful that I still have that little piece of him here on earth… even if only through an enchilada.

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Ingredients for Enchiladas Rojas de Queso:

  • 1 white onion
  • 2.5 oz New Mexico Chile
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2.5 oz California Chile
  • 2 Pasilla-Ancho Chiles
  • Salt (to taste)
  • corn tortilla 
  • vegetable oil
  • queso fresco 
  • 1/4 of red onion, sliced in rings
  • cilantro
  • crema

Directions:

Enchilada sauce:

  1. Let’s make enchilada sauce! Boil onion, New Mexico chile, garlic, California chile, pasilla-ancho chiles, and salt until chiles soften about 35 minutes. 
  2. Remove chiles from water and discard stem and (optional seeds). 
  3. Place all chile skins, onion, garlic, and 3 cups of boiled chile water to blender. Blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour chile sauce mixture through a sieve and into a bowl. Press chile flesh against sieve to squeeze out all the liquid. Discard any seeds and skin collected in sieve. Place to the side until ready to use. 

Enchilada time:

  1. Fill a frying pans with 1 cup vegetable oil over a med-high flame.  Allow to get hot.
  2. In a seperate frying pan, fill with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over a medium flame and allow it to heat. Pour in 3 to 4 cups of your enchilada sauce. Let the oil and chile combine then lower your flame very low to simmer the chile.
  3. Dip your corn tortilla into the frying pan filled with oil, and let it fry on each side for 30 seconds. What you’re looking for is a tortilla that is slightly hard but still bends.
  4. Dip the fried tortilla into the enchilada sauce with tongs.
  5. Remove the dipped tortilla from pan and place on a clean surface.
  6. Fill the center of the tortilla with 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  7. Gently roll into a tube shape.
  8. Place in a 9×13 baking dish. Then start the frying process all over again until you fill your baking dish with as many enchiladas as you can.
  9. Once the baking dish is filled take remaining enchilada sauce from hot pan and spoon over top. 
  10. Drizzle crema over the enchiladas, then sprinkle a couple tablespoons of queso fresco and chopped cilantro over the top. Lastly adorn with red onion slices.
  11. Enjoy!

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Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza

Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza

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Dear Valentine,

I am so grateful for your existence, and feel super lucky to call you my partner.  I wanted to surprise you with a special breakfast, and I know that pizza is your favorite.  Since you are my warm and fuzzy I desired to do something sweet for you.  I ordered everything I needed from Northgate Market so I could give you my Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza. I made it with Mozzarella cheese, papas, roasted red peppers, and jalapeños. Each time you tear into this heart-shaped pizza pie remember how much I adore you.  Thank you for putting a smile on my face, and for being so supportive always.

xoxo – Presley’s Pantry

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Ingredients for Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza:

  • a batch of pizza dough – Click here for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper
  • 2  potatoes, cooked and cut into heart shapes and arrow
  • 4 eggs
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Directions:

Bring dough to room temp

Rub a baking sheet lightly with olive oil an hour and half before you’re ready to bake.  

Pull plastic wrapped dough out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature.

45 minutes before ready to put your pizza in the oven, place a pizza stone on rack 1/4 of the way up from bottom of oven.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the ingredients

Fry your potato hearts and arrow pieces. Set to the side.

Take one of your dough balls and place on a lightly floured surfaced and shape into a disk.  Then continue to pull out into the desired size of your pizza by draping it over the back of your hands, and continue to rotate dough with the back of your hands in a clockwise motion with the aid of your thumbs.

Sprinkle your lightly olive oiled baking sheet with a pinch of cornmeal then lay pizza dough directly on top to form shape.  Continue to go around the edges forming a slightly raised rim with the tips of your fingers by pinching and gathering the dough. Then shape into a heart.

Drizzle a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the inside of the heart and then spread it around the inside with you fingers avoiding the rim.

Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese,  a few jalapenos, red roasted bell pepper, and a few potato hearts. Break a raw egg in the middle and place pizza in oven for 11 minutes or until crust is golden!

Bake

Bake each pizza one at a time. Place your heart shaped  pizza on a plate and decorate with potato arrows, and serve with coffee,  fresh fruit, a little salad.

Icons On Inspiration Chocolate Cake

Icons On Inspiration Chocolate Cake

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If you follow my page closely, then you know I am a music girl. It’s a big part of my world and it’s also a great way to get to know a person. People who are absolutely impassioned by melody surround themselves with others of the same interest. This attraction usually leads to hours of music banter. I love when I get caught up in a storm of musical stories… Listening to how certain songs came to be or changed someone’s path completely.

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Tortillas Con Huevo Heavenly Breakfast

Tortillas Con Huevo Heavenly Breakfast

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A few weeks ago I was making Tortillas Con Huevo and casually shared them on my Instagram Stories. As I was adding in the eggs to my already crispy tortilla pieces I remembered an incident that had happened many moons ago. My uncle’s friend had come over to our house in City Terrace and asked upon stepping into our casa “Are you guys cooking Tortillas Con Huevo?” He said it like he wasn’t sure if that’s what it’s called, almost with a puzzled look on his face. In that instant I realized this thrown together heavenly breakfast is nameless.

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Starry Sourdough Snacking Board

Starry Sourdough Snacking Board

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It’s New Year’s Eve, and tonight I will be staying home in my pj’s ushering in the New year with this Starry Sourdough Snacking Board. I’m gladly saying goodbye to 2020 and tip toeing into ‘the 2021 unknown’ full of HOPE for a better year.

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