As for the taste - it also was not my favorite. To me, there was too much 'spiceness' to the taste and the candied fruit with raisins didn't do much to the taste. Perhaps I didn't put enough of the fruit in there. I don't think I even measured it. I don't think I would make this again, but I'm glad to have been able to try something that is popular in another country, particularly one that I'm sure my ancestors are all from. Thumbs down from me, but everyone at the party liked it.
I feel like it definitely added another layer of flavor and gave the pork a little something extra since it was made for our holiday party.
Spiced Maple Glaze:
1/2 cup maple syrup, preferably grade B
2 tbs chicken broth
⅛teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch cayenne pepper
Add ingredients to the pan where you browned the pork and scrape up the browned bits, simmer the glaze until fragrant and keep off to the side or brush on the pork in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
I didn't time myself very well with this recipe, I ended up being late to the party because I started to late!! Part of that is because I didn't think the Uncle Bens rice would take like a half hour to simmer, I'm used to buying instant rice, not sure what I was thinking there. Overall though I liked this recipe and think its a good side casserole for any party or potluck. Will definitely make this again one day. Thumbs up.
Luckily, this recipe only calls for 6-8 kneads before sitting for only 10 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight meal. I would never make actual bread on a weeknight with the 3+ hours of rising and 10-15 minutes of kneading. The thing I don't like about kneading, I will share with you, is the fact that it's completely necessary to use flour. Now, I do not like touching things that are super super soft (i.e. fresh fleece, cotton balls, flour) so needing to add flour just isn't the greatest. I also don't like touching the dough when it's super wet still, but I can get over that aspect of it.
I was a little worried when I went to "fry" these tortillas. First - they were completely ugly and not round. Second - all the recipe called for was Pam so it didn't fry as I would have expected. Last - they were brown rather than white (like you would find in store bought tortillas), but I think that just had something to do with the Pam being use. Even though they were ugly, they still tasted just as good as I would have gotten at the store. I halved the recipe so it only made 4 tortilla shells (some big some small) but they were perfect in every way.
I can't say I would make these again unless I was asked too. It's almost not worth the trouble. Our tacos were DE-A-LICIOUS though!! (It could have been because I put feta cheese on mine!) Thumbs up!
As for the recipe itself, super easy. Thankfully I still had the grits and some milk at home so all I really needed to spend money on was the green chiles... which was less than a dollar for a small 4 oz can. I probably wouldn't make it again, but I'm glad I was able to try something new. Thumbs to the side.
The cheese sauce really wasn't that great, I would have rather used like a Velveeta or something as opposed to this. It wasn't bad per-say, just not great. I tried to keep some of it to eat with tortilla chips, but that didn't work out. It wasn't cheesy enough for me. I made the mistake of putting a second bread on top of the sandwich (they are supposed to be open faced) and the broiler didn't like it too much. The top pieces were burnt, and the turkey/cheese/tomato didn't taste as hot as I'm sure it would be.
Overall, these sandwiches taste just fine. Next time I'll switch to Velveeta cheese to make it slightly more rich, but stick to the same volume of cheese added to the sandwich. I will also use grated Parmesan instead of the stuff I used (just your typical Parmesan from a green bottle that doesn't "melt") Thumbs to the side.
I as a little worried about the alfredo sauce instead of typical pizza sauce, but I think it worked out perfectly. I actually ended up buying some basil-pesta-alfredo sauce, so I opted not to use the basil seasoning for this one. I was also a little worried about using Provelone slices as opposed to shredded cheese, but again I think it worked out perfectly. I made sure not to put too many of the ingredients on top (I did this for another pizza recipe I made) and to spread them out so I didn't have to worry about toppings falling off. I'll say thumbs up for this one, I'd definitely make it again, maybe with fewer toppings.
Instead of craw fish, I went for the shrimp and it worked just fine. I bought fresh shrimp for the first time ever y'all! I paired the milk with some biscuits to get even more carbs in there, and it worked out very well. I enjoyed this meal and would make it again for sure, just need to figure out how to make it slightly more milky without making it not taste as good. Thumbs up!
We ended up serving it over the egg noodles like the recipe suggested and I thought it was perfect. We also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese over it and made it taste that much better. Both my husband and my liked this recipe and would make it again in the future if we remember it after all these 700 recipes are done. I really should start making a list huh? Thumbs up!
Next on the to-make list (if I can find the ingredients) is Julekage, Lebkuchen, and Cheddar Rice Casserole! Check back next week!
Dinner & a Movie
Bringing you food and drinks so that you can make movie night that much more delicious.
"Food is essential for life; therefore make it good"
Shannon does it Julie & Julia style as she cooks through a cookbook and shares thoughts and recipes along the way.