Archive | March 2016

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos

Over the last couple of months we have been in a nacho phase.

We alternate between taco meat & refried beans or chicken & queso…with toppings of green onion, tomato etc.

Well last night I made the bad daddy of all nachos!!!

Huge Huge hit and can’t wait to have them again.
Seriously……these are wonderful!

A few notes:
I used pineapple chunks and cut them smaller to make my own ‘tidbits’
I did not make my own tortilla chips (I just used my favorite brand)
I did not make these in a skillet but instead made them my usual way (layer chips, meat, cheese on a sheet pan)
I did not smash the avocado but instead cut it into chunks. I also added diced fresh tomato (jalapeno/bell peppers would be good too)
I always, always put the fruit/veggies on AFTER heating the nachos and melting the cheese (We just seem to prefer fresh vs. baked fruit/veggies)

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Skillet Nachos With Pineapple Guacamole
Serves 3

Ingredients

For the Hawaiian Pulled Pork:

3-4lb pork butt, trimmed of large pieces of fat then cut in big hunks
garlic salt
15oz can chopped pineapple
1 cup BBQ sauce, divided (plus more for serving)
1 large red or sweet onion, sliced

For the Baked Tortilla Chips
(could use 24 tortilla chips from a bag):
6 corn tortillas
extra virgin olive oil or nonstick spray
salt

For the Pineapple Guacamole:
2 avocados
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1/2 lime
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
salt

For the nachos:
4oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained well
1/2 small red onion, chopped

Directions

Place pork into the bottom of a large crock pot then season generously with garlic salt on all sides. Add can of chopped pineapple including the juices, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, and sliced onion. Mix slightly then cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or until meat shreds easily.

Shred then mix 2 cups pork with remaining 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (there will be extra pork – it freezes well!) Discard cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees then stack tortillas and cut them into quarters with a sharp knife. Place wedges onto two baking sheets leaving at least 1/4″ between each wedge. Spray tops with nonstick spray or mist with extra virgin oil then season with salt. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Chips will crisp as they cool. (Can be made ahead of time – cool completely then store in an airtight container.)

Layer half the chips into the bottom of a 12″ oven-proof skillet then top with half the pork, cheese, pineapple, and chopped red onion. Repeat layers one more time then bake for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Alternatively you could use a baking sheet instead of a skillet.

While nachos are baking, combine avocados, garlic, lime juice, and salt in a bowl. Smash with a potato smasher or fork until desired consistency is reached. Fold in cilantro and pineapple tidbits. Serve Pineapple Guacamole with nachos, along with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Doesn’t get any better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chicken
Bacon
Ranch
YUM!!

This recipe is a keeper!

Note:
I doubled the recipe and made it in a 9 x 13″ dish.
Also screw the 4 (or 8 if doubling) strips of bacon….I put the whole 16 oz. in!!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix, or more, to taste
8 ounces rotini
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Alfredo Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy cream, or more, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.

To make the alfredo sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in heavy cream. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add chicken, 1 tablespoon olive oil and Ranch Seasoning, shaking to coat thoroughly. Add chicken to the skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes on each side; set aside.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

Add pasta to the prepared baking dish and layer with chicken and alfredo sauce; sprinkle with cheeses and bacon. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Enjoy!