Friday, February 6, 2009

These cupcakes were awesome! I found a recipe for a chocolate cherry cake. Different then any chocolate cherry cake I've ever had, but it was awesome. My mom makes a delicious chocolate cherry cake with cherry pie filling and cake mix, super dense, fudgy and rich but awesome!

This is a chocolate cake with a cherry frosting. The frosting was light and fluffy and a little tangy which paired well with a very chocolatey cake.

Cherry Frosting

8 oz Sour Cream
1 C Whipping Cream
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
2 T Maraschino Cherry Juice

Whip all ingredients together until stiff peaks form. Frost cupcakes or a double layer chocolate cake of your choice. This generously frosted almost 2 dozen cupcakes. For a cake I would multiply it by 1.5 just to ensure that you have enough frosting. I preferred the frosting the next day as it stiffened up just a bit more.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pulled Beef Enchiladas

My husband has been craving real beef enchiladas with red enchilada sauce. I found this recipe on a food blog ( I made a few adjustments and tripled the recipe, we had a 3.25 lb chuck roast we used in place of the blade steaks. I also didn't add the cilantro or jalapenos, we like hot but not so intense that it makes your eyes water and your nose run.

Next time I will use beef (or chicken) stock instead of water and I would cut the salt out since my tomato sauce is already salted. I cooked mine in a crock pot and it needed to cook about 6-8 hours, but only got to cook for about 4 and it still tasted great. Spanish rice and homemade refried beans or black beans would also be great with this. 

3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp chili powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
1 to 1.25 lbs blade or chuck steaks, trimmed to small pieces
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
½ cup water
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or mild cheddar
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup canned japapenos, chopped fine
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, white or yellow

1. Combine garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, sugar, and 1 tsp salt in a small bowl. Pat the meat dry and sprinkle with salt. Heat oil in a dutch oven (or I used just a deep saucepan) over med high heat. Cook meat until browned on both sides. Transfer the meat to a plate. Add chopped onions to the pot and cook over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic mixture and cook till fragrent, about 1 minute. Add tomato sauce and water, bring to a boil. Return meat and juices to the pot, cover, reduce heat to low, and gently simmer till meat is tender and can br broken apart with a wooden spoon or fork, about 1 ½ hours.

2. Adjust oven rack t the middle position and heat oven to 350. Strain the beef mixture over a medium bowl, breaking meat into small pieces, reserve the sauce. Transfer meat to a bowl and mix with the cilantro, jalapenos, and 1 cup of cheese.

3. Spread ¾ cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Microwave tortillas 6 at a time until soft, 1 minute. Spread 1/3 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla, roll the tortillas tightly, and set in the baking dish seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas and beef, you may have to fit a few down the sides of the pan. Pour the remaining sauce over enchiladas and spread to coat evenly. Sprinkle remaining cheese over, wrap with foil, and baked until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking till cheese browns slightly, 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings (guac, sour cream, salsa) Enjoy!!