Bubbly Baba ghanoush

So this was a recipe that I had no idea how it would taste but went for it and it definitely paid off.  I was attempting to make baba ghanoush, a eggplant hummus of sorts.  But it ended up turning into a hybrid of that and hot artichoke dip.  It was gooey cheesy and had lots of flavor.   It was easy and not too many ingredients. This may be your new go to party dip!

Ingredients:

  • eggplant
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • cheese( shredded and parmesan) 
  • parsley 
  • cottage cheese
  • lemon juice

How to:

  1. begin by slicing the eggplant in half and drizzling olive on top of the sliced half.  Then sprinkle on garlic salt and pepper as well.  Place in a 375 oven and cook flesh side up for at least 20 minutes or until the eggplant has some give when you poke it.  
  2. flip it over after it just begins to turn tender and cook for another 10-15 minutes
  3. take a spoon to the skin of the eggplant and use it to scoop and scrap out the insides into a food processor.  
  4. once you have scraped out all of the eggplant and a heading tablespoon of cottage cheese and about equal amounts of shredded cheese.  then a generous drizzle of parmesan cheese and parsley.  As well as just a squeeze of lemo
  5. blend this until smooth and put into a oven safe dish.  place some more cheese on top and cook for an addition 10 minutes or until cheese is golden.
  6. then serve with crackers!  It is something totally different but excellently tasty 

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Green Sauce and Taco Meat

Boy, thats a lame title, but my creativity juices weren’t flowing for the title as much as for the dish.  This is the only taco meat recipe I ever use.  It has a clean taste and isn’t greasy or heavy.  It doesn’t use many ingredients and doesn’t have all the sodium and artificial flavorings you’d normally have with using regular taco seasoning.  This green sauce is spicy and tangy and goes great with anything.  Its really cheap and incredibly simple and will not disappoint your hungry quests.  These two things is all you need to make a successful taco night!

Taco Meat Ingredients:

  • ground beef/turkey/ whatever meat you want
  • ketchup
  • cumin and chili powder
  • spanish olives
  • lime juice (if you have it)
  • salt pepper
  • garlic and onion

How to:

  1. begin by slicing onion and garlic and sautéing in olive oil in a skillet
  2. once the onions are translucent and the mix smells flavorful add in the meat
  3. add a large squirt of ketchup and stir
  4. add a generous amount of chili powder and cumin (about 1/2 a tablespoon) if it doesn’t smell flavorful add more
  5. now splash in olive juice and at least 3-5 olives and continue cooking on low medium heat
  6. use a spatula to break down the meat into smaller pieces and let this cook until golden this will be about 25-35 minutes
  7. then eat with nachos or tacos or anything you like!

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The Green Sauce Ingredients:

  • canned green chiles 
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • fresh tomatoes
  • olive oil

How to:

  1. using a hand blender or small food processor add the chiles and 1/2 a diced fresh tomato in.  Add in a sprinkle of dried cilantro and salt and pepper
  2. while blending add the liquids.  You need half a table spoon of lime( a hefty squeeze) and just a drizzle of olive oil to loosen it up
  3. thats it.  its great for dipping or to pour over your tacos!

 

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