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Turn to Tradition for Tex-Mex Taste

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(Family Features) The next time your loved ones crave a comforting dish that’s warming from the inside-out, turn to an all-time classic with a touch of southern flair.

Take inspiration for this Tex-Mex Beef Lasagna from season 3 of “BBQuest: Beyond the Pit,” a video series that dives into the long-held traditions, new flavors and everyday inspiration that make Texas barbecue legendary. Developed from the show by BBQuest co-host and “Hardcore Carnivore” cookbook author Jess Pryles, this tasty take on comfort food can be the perfect solution for a family meal with plenty of leftovers.

After dinner, settle in together and learn pitmaster techniques from the experts as the series follows four themes that capture the essence of Texas barbecue: legacy and tradition; creativity and innovation; Texas trailblazers; and family and community.

“Since launching BBQuest four years ago, it’s truly remarkable to see how much has changed and yet stayed the same when it comes to Texas barbecue, and that’s exactly what you see in season 3,” said Rachel Chou, Texas Beef Council’s director of consumer marketing. “There has been so much exciting innovation around cooking methods and international flavors while there’s still a huge dedication to long-held recipes and smoking techniques.”

To find more pitmaster-worthy recipes, visit BeefLovingTexans.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Tex-Mex Beef Lasagna

Recipe courtesy of Jess Pryles on behalf of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 60 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          onion, diced
  • 2          pounds ground beef
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 2          teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon onion powder
  • 15        ounces canned corn, drained
  • 15        ounces canned seasoned black beans, drained
  • 10        ounces canned diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 15        ounces canned red enchilada sauce
  • 1          cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 12        corn tortillas
  • 8          ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • cilantro (optional)
  • green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In large pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat then add onion. Cook until softened, 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Add ground beef and cook, stirring regularly, until beef has browned.
  4. Add kosher salt, garlic powder, cumin, chipotle powder and onion powder; stir well. Add corn, black beans and diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. In bowl, combine enchilada sauce and crema; mix well.
  6. Spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup enchilada sauce mixture on bottom to prevent tortillas from sticking.
  7. Layer 2-4 tortillas across bottom then top with layer of ground beef mixture. Use ladle to spoon some enchilada sauce mixture on top, distributing evenly. Top with another layer of tortillas then repeat layers until casserole is full, 3-4 layers. Top with shredded cheese.
  8. Loosely cover dish with foil in tent shape to help prevent cheese from sticking then bake 30 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  10. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Top with cilantro and green onions, if desired.


SOURCE:
Beef Loving Texans

Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding roller coasters.

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Valentine’s Recipes You’ll Love to Share

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(Family Features) If the way to your loved one’s heart is through the stomach, there’s no better way to start off this Valentine’s Day than with a homemade breakfast prepared with love.

Whether you’re whipping up a breakfast for a spouse with a sophisticated palate or trying to tempt the taste buds of your littlest loves, explore these ideas to get inspired.

  • Red is the color of love, so build your menu around fresh strawberries or raspberries, which pair perfectly with French toast or crepes, and can even dress up a simple cereal.
  • For a more sensible menu, opt for a fruity berry smoothie or a parfait layered with fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and granola. Add a hint of loving indulgence by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings on top.
  • Show your affection with a plate of these colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich 100 percent cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries. Heart-shaped cookie cutters lend a special touch to these fluffy, flavorful pancakes. Add sweet garnishes like powdered sugar and berries for a sensational way to say “I love you.”

Find more recipes you’ll love to share with your nearest and dearest this Valentine’s Day at Culinary.net.

Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes
Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Servings: 10 pancakes

  • 1          cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 3          tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          cup reduced-fat buttermilk or low-fat milk
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1          teaspoon red food coloring
  • heart-shaped pancake cutters or cookie cutters (optional)
  • butter, for garnish (optional)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • maple syrup, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh berries, for garnish (optional)
  1. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir well.
  2. In separate large bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add to flour mixture; stir to combine. Allow mixture to sit 5 minutes.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush with oil or butter. Add about 1/4 cup batter to skillet. Cook about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes, or until bottom is lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter, powdered sugar, syrup and berries, if desired.

Tip: If using pancake or cookie cutters, be sure to coat with oil so pancakes don’t stick. Place cutters in skillet and pour batter into cutters. Remove cutters before flipping.


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A Recipe for National Pie Day

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National Pie Day on January 23rd celebrates one of the Nations’ favorite desserts. No matter how you slice it, pie in just about any form makes a crowd happy. Fruit pies, berry pies, cream pies – they are mouthwatering servings of homemade goodness. 

An apple pie is a fruit pie in which the principal filling ingredient is apples. The earliest printed recipe is from England. Apple pie is often served with whipped creamice cream (“apple pie à la mode“), or cheddar cheese. It is generally double-crusted, with pastry both above and below the filling; the upper crust may be solid or latticed (woven of crosswise strips). The bottom crust may be baked separately (“blind“) to prevent it from getting soggy. Deep-dish apple pie often has a top crust only. Tarte Tatin is baked with the crust on top, but served with it on the bottom.

Apple pie is an unofficial symbol of the United States and one of its signature comfort foods. (wikipedia)

Here’s a simple recipe from Pilsbury…

Ingredients

Crust

Filling*

  • 6cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
  • 3/4cup sugar
  • 2tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/8teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/perfect-apple-pie/

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Entertain in Style with a Savory Appetizer

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Entertain in Style with a Savory Appetizer

(Family Features) Welcoming friends, family and neighbors for celebrations of all kinds demands delicious hors d’oeuvres for making guests feel right at home. Next time you invite loved ones for a special get-together, you can beef up the menu with a tasty appetizer that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy.

Loaded with savory flavor and perfect for feeding a crowd, these Beef and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms from Beef Loving Texans offer a simple yet mouthwatering way to entertain in style. Just prepare button mushrooms by removing the stems then fill the caps with a ground beef-based mixture of minced mushroom stems, blue cheese, breadcrumbs, green onions and steak seasoning for a party-worthy platter.

Visit BeefLovingTexans.com to find more recipes for home entertaining and beyond.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Beef and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms
Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 40

  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) button mushrooms
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       pound ground beef
  • 1/3       cup blue cheese
  • 1/4       cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3          tablespoons green onions
  • 1/2       teaspoon steak seasoning blend
  • chives (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Remove stems from mushrooms; reserve. Season mushroom caps with salt; set aside. Mince stems to yield 1/2 cup; discard remaining stems.
  2. Combine ground beef, minced stems, blue cheese, breadcrumbs, green onions and steak seasoning. Spoon beef mixture evenly into mushrooms.
  3. Place stuffed mushrooms on rack in broiler pan. Bake 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.


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Beef Loving Texans

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