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My Copycat of Chicken Flautas from Costco

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B loooooves to stop at every demonstrator in Costco and try the food samples, just like his grandpa.  Last month, we tasted, and then bought,  Don Miguel’s Chicken Flautas – delicious!  However, they were all gone in 2 meals.  B asked if we could go buy some more so, of course, I looked at the ingredients and thought, “Pshaw!  I can make these!”  Last week, I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I made some tortillas, dumped a bunch of stuff in a skillet to mix and heat, rolled it up in my tortillas and we all loved it!  Here’s what I did (Mind you, I did not follow Don Miguel’s ingredients list exactly.  As always, I made it my own.):

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I heated some canola oil in a skillet, added a can of drained and rinsed black beans and mashed them with a potato masher. Once they were hot and sizzling, I added diced meat I’d picked off a leftover rotisserie chicken and some of my homemade salsa. Stirred and heated until it was bubbly.

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This was all the frozen corn I had, so I rinsed it under warm water in a colander, drained and added it to the pan.

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While the corn was warming up in the pan, I shredded a bunch of Colby Jack cheese and added that to the pan, as well. Kept stirring until the cheese was melted and mixed throughout. I tasted it and it was SO GOOD I didn’t even want to bother with the tortillas! No seasonings were added because there was so much flavor in the mix already from the rotisserie chicken and homemade salsa.

I could only fit six, filled tortillas on the pan, so I stopped there and popped them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.  One was enough for each of us for dinner!  The remaining filled tortillas went into the freezer to pull out for future lunches.  The rest of the filling I heated up the next day all by itself and ate it in a bowl.  It was DEELISH!

 

Hamburgers and Corn, Tomato, Feta & Basil Salad for Dinner – YUMMO!

I found this recipe for Corn, Tomato, Feta & Basil Salad on Pinterest in the Spring.  I knew I’d be trying it this Summer with some fresh corn.  I was a little worried about the flavor combinations and it being a hot dish but it was delicious!  As you can see from my inferior picture, I did not use cherry tomatoes.  I had plum ones in the house so I seeded and chopped those and used basil from the hubs’ herb garden.  I highly recommend this recipe.

I served the salad with the best hamburgers I’ve ever made.  And I’ve made some pretty good hamburgers in my life.  Flavorful hamburgers will all kinds of stuff in them: Monterey Jack Turkey Burgers, Turkey Stuffing Burgers, Pacific Rim Turkey Burgers, Inside-Out Beef Bacon Cheeseburgers, hamburgers with a little ranch dressing and freshly grated pepper mixed in, etc.  The burgers I made tonight were just plain ole 80/20 ground beef, but the way I cooked them made all the difference in the world!

When I make burgers, I split 1 lb of ground beef into 4-6 burgers, depending upon how much other stuff I put in them.  Tonight, I divided the 1 lb of ground meat into 8 balls.  I have a panini press that opens up completely flat and came with both griddle and grill plates.  I opened that thing up, put on the griddle plates and heat up to sear/425 degrees.  Than I put the back, flat side of my bash ‘n chop kitchen tool on top of a ground beef ball and hit it with my meat mallet, smashing the ball into a cardboard thin patty.  I saw this technique used on a show last night.  A gentleman was touring the US, visiting the best burger joints.  One of the places flattened their burgers like this and served 2 on a bun with 1 slice of cheese in-between.  Then they fried the burgers in a pot of grease that is over 100 years old!  I cooked mine on my dry griddle plates.  The burgers weren’t handled much because I wasn’t mixing anything into them and being so flat, they cooked in a flash.  That’s what contributed to the tastiness.  2 patties with a slice of American cheese in between them on a potato hamburger roll and we all agreed they were the best burgers we’d ever had.  I am going to make burgers like this from now on!

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