While I was thinking about all those burgers for the Burger Bash a good casserole came to mind. My family always requests cheese grits when we get together for a special meal such as brisket or barbecue. When I get into a mode it seems to flow. Then I hit a dry spell and nothing good is developed for a while.
It’s grilled cheese month. Two of my favorite things together: Bread and Cheese! I have seen some fabulous ideas from my foodie friends. Accordingly, I had to stretch my imagination. One of my favorite memories is eating Croque Monsieurs in Paris. Sometimes food is better because of the location. I haven’t had one as good as the ones in Paris before or since. So, I thought I would try a version that capitalized on the good food in my area and here is where I landed. (A little of the southwest makes everything better :))
All the way home from work I was thinking about Mexican food. I never got over in a lane where I could turn into any place to get it to take home. So I had to make my own.
For some reason I bought some flour tortillas the other day while I was shopping. I think I was intending on a chicken taco salad with the shell baked in some new tortilla bowl molds I bought. (Another day!) In the pantry I had all the fixings I needed to make my own Mexican flavored dinner.
When I get hungry for the taste of enchiladas nothing else will do. All I had were flour tortillas. I could make burritos or enchiladas; however I settled on this little casserole which now has provided plenty of leftovers. I don’t usually use refried beans, but these also have the flavor or nachos with the beans. So I have technically taken care of 2 hankerings I might have.
I used to make Nachos Grande on Sunday night. A little labor intensive, but so well worth the taste. Tostada chips spread with the beans (individually), topped with browned ground meat, green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cheese. Broil until the cheese bubbles and eat them fast while they are still warm. Andy would warm up the leftovers in the microwave. That didn’t appeal to me.
I like the taste of raw onions on my enchiladas. If you don’t, you can brown the onions with the ground meat.
I liked to have a casserole to serve for Easter breakfast. It was easy to serve and could be made the night before and popped in the oven while 3 kids were looking for eggs and going through their Easter baskets. We almost always had to hide the eggs inside the house. It was either very cold or very windy on Easter Sunday.
It was always such a scramble (no pun intended) to get the eggs gathered, kids dressed for church (when did I ever have time to get dressed?) and have something for breakfast. The church service was always longer than usual so we had to have something for breakfast. Especially after all those jelly beans and chocolate bunnies had been nibbled on.
This is easy and can be enlarged or even doubled for a large crowd. I served it with fresh fruit and made a side salsa of diced tomatoes, green onions and halved grape tomatoes with just a little red wine vinegar. I usually served the cheese sauce on the side.
I am in Austin and visiting with my oldest daughter. We invented today’s casserole together for dinner tonight. We call it Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole.
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My featured blog for this week is: Miss Information’s Fish Friday Po’Boy. My husband loved NOLA too and my oldest daughter is crazy about it. What a fabulous recipe and I agree with her husband. Mayo on both sides. But to each their own!
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Guest Post by Big Sister
My mother is rolling her eyes and saying this is a little far-fetched, but really, it tastes good. I promise! She also thinks I need to add mayonaise to the pimiento cheese but I hate mayonaise. It is really a combination of two already posted recipes. I wanted to do fried green tomatoes but there wasn’t a store in town cooperating with me. Its almost time to grow my own! They say we might hit 90 degrees here next week. I know, I know, global warming is bad but I have had enough of winter!
Anyway, make up the recipe for these two recipes then put them together and VOILA! A yummy tasting snack that I bet know one else is bringing to the Super Bowl party.
I used my melon baller to get a little scoop of pimiento cheese and place it on one pickle. Then I topped with another pickle. I got the print outs for the toppers from Diana Rambles. I used double sided tape to stick them to toothpicks.
You’ve got one more day to show us your great stuff at the Super Bowl party:
A guest post by Big Sister
I can’t stand not to get in on this party. My Mom is having so much fun. I am seeing such great stuff that I don’t know where to start. So, here is one addition and I have two more coming this week. My neighborhood is having a Super Bowl Party and I will be bringing these things. My neighbors love the spicy stuff so I had to take my regular pimiento cheese and add some more zing to it.