Guacamole & Salsa

Woah! Two delicious party recipes wrapped into one blog post! Please, try and contain your excitement.  My guacamole recipe is loved by my family and friends but mostly, by my mother in law.  It’s so simple to make along with the mild salsa, right beside it. Since my husband and I were stationed in Texas, we fell in love with several Tex-mix recipes. The foodie that I am, tries to replicate them to the best of my taste buds abilities. Both recipes take only a couple minutes to make and have only fresh ingredients and spices in them. The guacamole is to cool you off while the salsa only heats you back up. Keep a margarita close for these two party favorites!

 

Sandy’s Guacamole

Makes approximately 2 cups

  • 1 large Haas avocado or 2 small avocados (dark skin and squishy)
  • 1/2 medium White onion (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (peeled and rough chopped)
  • 1/4-1/2 Fresh Jalapeño (no seeds and rough chopped)
  • 1 Roma tomato (diced and 2 tbsp separated for topping)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh parsley or cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Lime (juiced)
  • S & P to taste
  • Dash of hot sauce (more or less to add additional heat)
  • 1/4 cup EVOO

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse for a thicker guacamole or mix on low for 30 seconds to 1 minute for a creamier texture (which I prefer). If the avocado is a little harder than desired, more EVOO and lime juice may be needed. Once the guacamole mixture to your preference, pour into a bowl and top with tomatoes and parsley. Keep in the refrigerator until serving.

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Recipe 2 below

 

 

Texas Style Salsa

Makes approximately 2 cups

  • 2 Roma tomatoes (roasted , skins removed, diced) + 2 Roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 Red, orange, or yellow pepper (halved; one half roasted and diced, other half diced)
  • 1/2 -1 Whole Jalapeño (chopped and de-seeded)
  •  1/4 Fresh parsley or cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 Lime (zested and juiced)
  • Dash of white sugar
  • 1/2 Small red onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 White onion (chopped)
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Dried oregano (optional)
  • Dash of Liquid smoke (optional)

 

Roasting tomatoes and pepper- half the tomatoes and pepper. Toss is EVOO, S &P, and garlic powder. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 400°. Remove the tomato skins after roasting and cooling.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until your desired texture. Texas style is thin and soupy. Serve with tortilla chips and the guacamole recipe above. As always, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Crabby Ragoons

I am so excited to share this recipe because these ragoons are delicious, super easy to make, quick to put together, and are so versatile! Also, unlike traditional regions, these are baked with eliminates a majority of fat from not having to fry them. They are a great side dish to your favorite Asian style meal or serve them at your next party or gathering. From start to finish, it takes about 45 minutes to make these yummy delights and about 5 minutes to devour. Follow the recipe below or change the ingredients your liking. Either way, they are awesome!

Crabby Ragoons

Makes approximately 24

  • 24 Won Ton sheets (usually comes in a large package of 75)
  • 1 pkg Neufchatel cheese or low fat creak cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup Chopped imitation crabmeat (use real crab if available)
  • 2 Green onion (chopped)
  • 1 Garlic cloves (grated)
  • 1 tsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • S & P to taste
  • Dash of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water (on the side in a bowl)
  • Cooking spray (coconut oil preferred)
  • Sweet and Sour sauce

 

Preheat the oven to 350°, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray them lightly with the cooking spray and set aside.

Next, mix together the cream cheese, green onion, garlic, parsley, s & p, sugar, and crabmeat in a bowl until completely combined. Place all 24 won ton sheets out on a flat surface and with a teaspoon, scoop the filling onto the middle on the won ton sheet. Then, dip your index finger into the water and spread it along the outside portion of the won ton. The water will allow the won ton to stick together during the next step Do about three or four at a time and then take the opposite side of the won ton, pinch them together and pull towards the middle. Repeat with the other side. This will form your ragoon.

 

When all of the ragoons are filled and formed, place them on a baking sheet and quickly spray them with the cooking spray. This will help them to become nice and crunchy. Place the baking sheets into the oven and bake from 15-20 minutes or until the ragoons are crispy and slightly brown. If the filling starts to come out, you know you have over filled them but they will still be just as delicious.

 

Finally, once the ragoons have cooled, place them on a serving plate with a side of sweet and sour sauce. As always, enjoy!

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Try the ragoons with jalapeños for a Mexican flare or with Nutella and powdered sugar for a sweet dessert

Summer Ratatouille

Talk about the ultimate veggie dish! First of all, what is ratatouille? It’s a mix of seasonal vegetables, cooked down with garlic and olive oil. In other words, heaven! You truly can use any vegetable of your liking and they don’t have to be baked. You can place them in a foil pan and grill them, which would be bring awesome flavor to summer meal! (Also, super easy clean up!) Below is what I used but feel free to substitute any veggies to what you may like.

 

Summer Ratatouille

Serves up to 4

  • 2 large Red potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 Long, skinny sweet potato (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 large Yellow squash (sliced)
  • 1 large Zucchini squash (sliced)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely diced)
  • 1/4 Olive Oil
  • S & P to taste
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)

 

Spray a large casserole pan or foil pan with a non stick oil. Pre heat the oven to 400° and begin arranging the veggie slices to your liking. The slices for all the veggies should be the same width; about 1/4 inch thick or thinner. Work from the inside out so that way any empty spots can be filled in with extra veggies. Once they are arranged, pour the olive oil and garlic over all of the veggies. Sprinkle on your S & P, parsley, and parmesan cheese.

Cover the casserole dish or foil pan and bake the ratatouille for a half an hour. Remove the cover or foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes. This will allow everything to settle and also make it easier to remove from the pan. Note: if you are grilling, maintain the temperature on the grill to 325°-350°. Otherwise the bottom may burn. As always, serve and enjoy!

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