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DIP - CILANTRO WHITE BEAN
We served chips with this dip as an appetizer with rewarmed Stuffed Peppers. This dip recipe is simple and fast. Blend it up in a food processor and immediately serve. Keep a couple cans of white beans handy for unannounced guests. It could be made with the fresh Cilantro. You could substitute the fresh cilantro with dried cilantro, parsley flakes, or dried chopped chives. But I think you will sacrifice some of the flavor.
Recipe: Rick Beach
Place the fresh Cilantro and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle the oil on top of the Cilantro. Pulse to chop ingredients fine. Do not liquefy.
Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well blended
Alternate option. Substitute 1 Tbsp Lime juice for 1 Tbsp of Olive oil.
Also could substitute the fresh cilantro with other dried herbs such as cilantro leaves, parsley flakes, or dried chopped chives.
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Monterey Chicken Wraps
Recipe and Images courtesy of : Rick Beach
Note: This is one of my personal recipes
These can be prepared in a cast iron skillet, Dutch Oven bottom pot, standard skillet, or a wok. This recipe makes 12. But only expect that to feed 3 people. Perhaps 4 if you have some sides. These make excellent appetizers when cut in half after frying them.
Fry bacon until very crispy, then crumble. Set aside.
Pour off the bacon grease and use the pan with the remaining stuck on bacon drippings to cook the chicken breast. Roll the raw breast in the Montreal Steak seasoning before starting to cook. Using medium high heat quick sear the seasoned breast on all sides. Once all sides seared, lower heat to medium low and cook covered. Turn occasionally for about 20 minutes but avoid drying it out. Once thoroughly cooked dice into small pea size cubes.
Toss the Chopped Tomatoes, Cilantro, Onions, and Garlic to combine. Then stir in the cooked and diced chicken, and cooked crumbled bacon.
Lay out an Egg Wrap and spoon about a 1/4 - 1/2 Cup (fill as much of the wrap that it will hold) of the combine Tomato and Chicken mixture onto a wrap. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top of that. Start rolling/wrapping from a corner diagonally. About half way through the rolling, tuck the two side corners toward the middle of the roll. Continue rolling to seal the roll. Set on a clean surface with the tail of the wrap on the bottom to prevent unrolling of the egg roll.
In a wok, skillet or pan, cover the bottom with vegetable oil and bring up to temperature using medium high heat.
Place the egg rolls in the hot oil with the wrap tail down until that surface is golden brown. Rotate the egg roll with tongs and brown all surfaces. Once browned remove from the hot oil and place on absorbent paper towels to remove excess oil.
Ranch Dressing by itself makes a wonderful dipping sauce. If you want to ramp it up a bit stir in very small amounts of Sriracha Sauce, taste testing as you go, until you get your desired taste. (Remember many don't care for spicy hot).
Though this recipe makes 12 Rolls. You will find 4 will be required per person if this is all you are serving. A side of seasoned rice and a nice salad may stretch this to 2 per person. But they are kind of addictive and I doubt 2 per person will be enough.
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Recipe courtesy of Rick Beach
This is a great side dish. Or for use in other recipes that call for "Spanish Rice"
Add an addition of 1lb ground beef (browned) to be used as a main dish.
This recipe makes about 3 to 4 Cups of Spanish Rice.
Heat oil in deep skillet. Saute uncooked rice, onion, bell pepper, until rice is brown and onions tender. Add minced garlic toward the end. Stir in and don't burn the garlic.
Stir in water, & tomatoes. Stir in all seasonings. Simmer for about 30 minutes covered. Or until rice is cooked and liquid absorbed.
To use the basic Spanish Rice recipe as a main dish. Add 1 lb of browned ground beef, browned ground chicken, or browned ground turkey.