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Choriqueso Fritters May 17, 2010

Filed under: appetizers,cheese,Mexican,Pork,sausage — hmills96 @ 3:03 pm
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There is a dish at our local Mexican joint that I LOVE. Choriqueso. I don’t often order it, because it’s more than I really need to eat before a giant burrito. But it is sooooooooo good. The chorizo just sort of melts into the cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

What could be better than turning that wonderful substance into a fried mouthful? NOTHING! I was so excited when I found this recipe. I had 3/4 of a wheel of Queso Fresco leftover from the pork tacos, and a tube of chorizo in my freezer that I’ve been dying to use for something.

These were good. Maybe not the melty, oozy goodness I was hoping for, but they were delicious. I’ll use a different cheese next time, as Fresco doesn’t melt very well. And I had my oil way too hot, so, as you can see in the pictures, they browned way too fast and dark. That may have been party of the melting problem too. But, this was the first time I had ever deep-fried anything, so I’m glad I did try.

These definitely need a dipping sauce. Boom Boom sauce would be great with this, or even just fresh salsa (not the nasty canned stuff).

Only slightly burnt haha! Still good though!

Choriqueso Fritters

Adapted from Cacique Ad in Cooking Light

10 oz package Queso Fresco
5 oz ground chorizo
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups Panko

Brown chorizo. Drain and let cool.

With a fork, crumble cheese into a mixing bowl. Add egg yolks and mix. Add cooled chorizo (best way to do this is with your hands).

Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.

Make 2 Tbsp balls of mixture, flatten slightly, and roll in panko.

Fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels, season immediately.


Spicy Sausage Skillet October 17, 2009

Filed under: pasta,Salad,sausage — hmills96 @ 11:55 pm

It has been a long, terrible week for me. Work has been super stressful, and by the time I got home, I have been ready to collapse. I was desperately out of groceries, but there was nooooooo patience leftover for shopping. None.

J. had drill today, so I finally had a day to myself. I got more done on the house today than I have since we moved in. I found the rest of my clothes (over 3/4ths of them!), washed them all (well…it’s a work in progress), reorganized my dresser and closets to make room, unpacked more of my kitchen, did the dishes, AND went grocery shopping. After all that productivity, I needed a hot, comforting meal. This definitely did the trick!

Spicy Sausage Skillet
Adapted from Cooking This and That (Good work CTT!)

1 box Penne (I used rice penne but it was a bit too gummy for this dish)
1 roll hot sausage
1 can Cream of chicken soup
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cabernet sauvignon
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan

Boil pot of water. Salt water, then add pasta. Cook until just al dente. Drain and keep warm.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into pan. Cook until browned.
Reduce heat to medium. Add soup, tomatoes, milk, wine, and seasonings. Cook for about 8 minutes. (At this point, you should be putting Brussels sprouts in your other skillet for the salad below.)

Stir in cooked pasta and mozzarella. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with Parmesan.

Nutty Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad
Adapted Cooking Light October 2009

1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs (for me this meant panicking over quickly burning garlic while I grabbed the nearest bread end and tore it apart as small as I possibly could because I thought I had a canister of breadcrumbs in my pantry. Apparently I was wrong.)
3/4 pound Brussels sprouts, halved (my store didn’t have fresh this time of year, frozen were good, just thaw them out enough to cut)
salt and pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted (I did this immediately after I toasted the garlic and crumbs, before I cooked the sprouts)
1/2 oz shaved Asiago cheese

Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs, cook until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Transfer to small bowl. Toast walnuts.

Heat remaining 1/2 tsp oil over medium heat. Add sprouts, cook 8 minutes (again, add these just after you add the spices to your sausage skillet, the timing is perfect), stirring frequently. Remove from heat, toss with breadcrumb mixture, salt and pepper. Top with walnuts and cheese.

I drank: Alice White Cabernet Sauvignon
He drank: Oliver Camelot Mead

Side note…maybe eventually I will remember to take pictures of the food before we eat it.