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Pico De Gallo Two Ways

 

Pico de Gallo Two Ways (12)

Pico de Gallo Two Ways (11)

Pico de Gallo is referred to as salsa fresco, a type of salsa. It’s a fresh, chunky, uncooked, and a distinctly visible mixture of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, fresh chiles, lime juice, and salt. Traditional salsa has a thinner consistency with more liquid.

Who says pineapple can’t be a Pico de Gallo. We’re having tacos tonight with two different types of Pico de Gallo. The traditional Pico de Gallo with tomatoes and onions, and a pineapple pico. We love having options!

My neighbor, Lucinda has few beautiful pineapple plants which are ready for harvesting. You just know they’re going to be so sweet. I knew I had to make something using, pineapple. I’m also going to make a traditional Pico de Gallo.

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Limes

Cilantro

Red Bell Peppers (2)

Orange Bell Peppers

Fresno Chilis

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Equipment: 2 large mixing bowls, Chef’s knife

Ingredients For Pineapple Pico de Gallo:
3 cups, 1 large pineapple, cored and diced into 1-inch pieces,
1/2 a red bell pepper, diced
1/2 an orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced,
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

Ingredients For Traditional Pico de Gallo:
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced (substitute jalapeno)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients for each type of Pico de Gallo you choose. Toss to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill before serving.

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Cajun-Style Fajitas With Citrus Marinated Onions And Peppers

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I want to say, I love watching food shows. The shows give me a chance to keep learning new things. All types of chefs throughout the U.S. are always coming up with innovated ways to take classic dishes and make them their own.

I love to take what I’ve learned and put my own spin on the dish. The star of my dish is Andouille sausage. This type of sausage is widely used in New Orleans cuisine, for example; Jambalaya. It’s really flavorful, but it does have some heat.

These are my Cajun-Style Fajitas With Citrus Marinated Peppers And Onions.

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Prep Time:
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours minimum
Cook Time:
Total Time:
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan, 10-inch sauté pan, 2 large mixing bowls, large Tupperware container, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, non-stick cooking spray

Ingredients For Andouille Marinade:
10 links of Andouille sausage (about 1 1/2 pounds/2 packages), sliced on the bias
1 packed cup of light brown sugar
1 cup of molasses
2 tablespoons of water

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
2 large sweet onions, quartered and roasted
2 red bell peppers, roasted, seeded and julienned
1 yellow bell pepper, roasted, seeded and julienned
12 ounces of orange juice
1/4cup of soy sauce, low sodium
1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar
6 limes, 2 juiced, 4 cut into wedges for garnish
2 large cloves of garlic, grated
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
2 cups of Queso Fresco, crumbled
6 6-inch flour tortillas
6 4-inch corn tortillas
Cilantro for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.
In a large bowl add equal parts brown sugar and molasses. Add 2 tablespoons of water, mix to combine. Add the sliced Andouille sausage to the marinade, toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, overnight’s even better.

After quartering the onion place them into a large mixing bowl along with the bell peppers. Add olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, toss to coat. Arrange the onions and bell peppers on a rimmed baking sheet pan as seen in the picture above.  Roast for 40 minutes, turn the peppers halfway through to all them to char on all sides.

A Good Tip: When you open the oven to retrieve the roasted peppers, stand back for just a second so you don’t get a pepper facial.

Allow the onions to remain on the baking sheet to cool while preparing the roasted peppers for peeling. Using a pair of tongs grab the hot roasted peppers, transfer them to a large bowl and tightly cover with plastic wrap. This will cause the peppers to steam, while in the bowl, and this will ensure their skins will peel off easily. Give it around 30 minutes, before taking off the plastic wrap. Remove the skins and seeds. Slice the peppers into thin strips (julienne) placing them back into the bowl along with the roasted onions.

In a large Tupperware container add orange juice, low sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar, the juice of 2 limes, freshly grated garlic, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, whisk to combine. Add the roasted peppers and onions to the marinade, mix to combine and set aside.

The next step is to grate the Monterey Jack cheese and crumble the Queso Fresco. Transfer the cheeses to a plate and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the marinated sliced Andouille sausage. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens and sausage becomes caramelized. Add the roasted peppers, onions, and the citrus marinade to the pan. The marinade will help to deglaze the pan by using your wooden spoon to scrape any bits that may be stuck to the bottom. Frequently stirring the sausage, peppers, and onions together, cook for another 5 minutes or until the marinade’s reduced and the sauce has thickened, then turn off the heat

Preheat open to 400-degrees F.
I’m using both corn and flour tortillas for this dish. For the corn tortillas, I sprayed both sides with cooking spray and arranged them onto a rimmed baking sheet pan to crisp up in the oven, around 5 minutes.

The flour tortillas place on at a time into a dry hot sauté pan over medium heat. Cook for about 30 to 60 seconds, or until browned, then flip and cook for another 30 seconds.

Place a little of the marinated Andouille with the roasted peppers and onions on one of each type of the tortillas. Top with a combination of the Queso Fresco and the Monterey Jack cheese. Garnish with a kiss of very finely chopped cilantro. Serve with a couple of lime wedges. There you have it, my Cajun-Style Fajitas With Citrus Marinated Onions And Peppers

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Grilled Sweet Corn On The Cob With Chili Lime Butter And Queso Fresco

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If you’re looking for a new way to fix corn on the cob I have it! This is my Sweet Grilled Corn On The Cob With Chili Lime Butter And Queso Fresco.

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Leaving the husks on the corn gives a rustic appearance I really love.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Equipment: indoor grill pan, silicone or pastry brush

Ingredients:
4 corn on the cobs, with husks
Canola oil
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
4  limes, 2 zested, 2 for garnish
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup of fresh Queso Fresco, crumbled

Directions:
Start by making a *compound butter. Take a stick of room temperature unsalted butter. In a medium-size mixing bowl add lime zest, chili powder, Kosher salt, and one squeeze of fresh lime juice. Using a small rubber spatula mix to combine the ingredient together with the softened butter.

Layout a piece of plastic wrap, spoon the *compound butter out onto the plastic wrap. Roll it up like you’re making a really tightly wrapped burrito. Twist the ends in opposite directions so it seals the compound butter tightly inside, then I refrigerate the butter until it hardens enough to be sliced, around 1 hour.

Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the corn silk by pulling the husks down leaving the husks attached to the cobs.

Brush a light coating of Canola oil on all sides of the cobs. Place them onto the grill pan, turning them occasionally until the ears of corn are nicely charred. They will crackle and smoke a bit, that’s normal.

Take the *compound butter out of the plastic wrap, slice into 1/2-inch rounds and rub it all over the corn. It melts beautifully as it hits the hot grilled corn. Yummy!

Place the buttered corn on the cobs onto a large serving platter. Next, make it snow with the crumbled Queso Fresco all over the top. Served simply with a few lime wedges.

*Compound butter is a mixture of butter and supplementary ingredients. Primarily, they are used to enhance flavor in various dishes. They can be made by adding additional ingredients such as herbs, prices or aromatic liquids into butter. The butter is usually reformed, usually in plastic wrap or parchment paper and chilled until it’s firm enough to be sliced.

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