Monday, April 12, 2021

Tacos de Jocoqui al horno (Baked Sour Cream Tacos)

 It's time for Baking Bloggers again.  I love this group, I get to stretch my culinary wings out a little. 
The only requisite, and this is a firm one, is that what we share has to be baked.   Sue of Palatable Pastime is our hostess. 

This month we're concentrating on Mexican food.  

Hey, if you've followed along with me for any length of time, you know I love my South of the Border food.  

Tacos de Jocoqui al Horno

We do Taco Tuesday every single week.  Without fail. 

And I like to play with my food, so I'll do something a touch different almost every week for myself. I've made Margarita Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Fish Tacos, Cantalope Salsa to top the Fish Tacos, and even made Cauliflower Tortilla shells, (which are amazingly AWESOME!!!)

  This past week, I made these 'baked' tacos.   I would have called them enchiladas but the references I found called them tacos. So I'll go with that.  

Tacos de Jocoqui al Horno

And I'll be doing a repeat on them. 

Here is how they came together, at least the pictures of how they came together. 

Tacos de Jocoqui al Horno (Sour Cream Tacos)

 

and topped with some Créme Fräiche. 

Tacos de Jocoqui al horno  (Baked Sour Cream Tacos)

And on my plate.  Fair warning, I'd already devoured one.  

Tacos de Jocoqui al horno  (Baked Sour Cream Tacos)



Tacos de Jocoqui al Horno

Tacos de Jocoqui al Horno

Yield: 6 servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking - Adapted from recipes on Big Oven and Recipe Lion
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 55 Min
This is a fun take on tacos. They're baked and are vegetarian as well. An did I mention totally delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 12  corn tortillas
  • 2 T. Salsa - your favorite brand
  • 1 lb Monterey Jack or Colby Jack  cubed or cut into strips
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes or a 15 oz. can solid pack tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dry oregano, rubbed
  • 1 small onion, chopped (half way between golf and tennis ball size)
  • 1-2 cups Sour Cream or  Créme Fräiche ( I make my own)

Instructions

Assembly
  1.  Fry tortillas lightly in oil, put some of the sauce and a piece of cheese onto each tortilla and and roll up . Arrange in a buttered shallow glass baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over tacos, top with cheese and spoon sour cream over all. Bake at 325 F. for 25 to 30 minutes.  Check after 15 minutes to make sure that all that cheese is not escaping.
Sauce
  1. For the sauce, wilt the chopped onion in hot oil. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salsa, and salt. Cook for 15 or twenty minutes. Set aside.  Since I used fresh tomatoes, I ended up letting them simmer for 20 minutes.

Notes: 

Do not skip 'frying' the corn tortillas to save some calories. By frying them a little, they tend to hold together better and can withstand the baking without falling apart.

I did do some with flour tortillas, but they did not turn out as well, at least to my taste-buds.  The corn tortillas had a richer taste.



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze

 I don't participate often enough in the Improv Cooking Challenge, but had to do it this month.

This month it's all about Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar. 

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze

Let me tell you a little about the Improv Cooking Challenge.  It's hosted by Nichole of Cookaholic Wife

She likes to throw out a challenge for anyone who cares to participate. Nichole will suggest two ingredients for us to use, and make something delicious from.  

She calls it the Improv Cooking Challenge. 

I call it fun.


I've participated in it a few times, and have had a blast.  I've made a Candied Carrot Coffee Cake, which was pretty darn tasty.  I made a taste from my home town, Almond Chicken, I've used Lavender and Lemon in these Lavender and Lemon Scones.  I've been a long time fan of Chopped on the Food Network and this is just my little way of playing along.  There are more, just click on the Improv Cooking Challenge in the cloud to the right. 

I happened to run into some incredible tiny heirloom type tomatoes at Trader Joes, and well, gee, magic happened. 

At least my mouth said it did. 

I do love my puff pastry, and combining tomatoes and balsamic together is magic.  At least in my book. 

I had a little bit of a Fig and Strawberry Balsamic glaze left and it was the perfect foil for the Tomatoes and Puff Pastry. 

I also had fun with the Puff Pastry trying out something I'd seen on Instagram.  I made some little boats for the tomatoes, and they were fun to make. 

Here are the photo's I took of the process, and guess what, they were actually fairly easy.  And it makes the tarts look really special, like you took hours and hours to make them.    😜 

Start with a sheet of puff pastry, that has been thawed in the fridge.   Cut each third of the pastry (you know where it folds) into two pieces.  

Then cut two slices into each side of the pastry like the picture below.

Puff Pastry for Tomato Tart

After you cut it. Pick up one side, like so.

Puff Pastry for Tomato Tart

Then fold it over, tacking it down with a little water to make it stick.

Puff Pastry for Tomato Tart

Then take the other side, and pull it through.   This makes a nice little boat.  As you can see, I had a couple of eager little tomatoes in there. They had their turn to shine, a little later on. 

Puff Pastry for Tomato Tart

And after you've got it done, fill with some sliced cherry tomatoes or whole ones, if you like. But I wanted the sliced ones which I then adorned with some chopped chives from my garden.  You can use any kind of fresh herb you like.  I like chives.  Recognize the tomatoes that were so eager to be a part of the dish? No?, well, they're in there, or in one of them.

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze

I added a little of my Fig and Strawberry Balsamic Glaze to them before they went into the oven to bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.  

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze

I also employed a trick my mother taught me.  After they were baked, I turned off the oven and placed the pan of tarts back in. This 'dries' them out, and in effect bakes them a little longer so that when you bite into the tart, it flakes apart.  

After they baked I added a little scootch more glaze and then proceeded to demolish eat a couple.  

If I bake it, I'll eat it.  

It was lunch... and a snack...

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze

Tomato Tart with Balsamic Glaze


Improv Cooking Challenge:April 2021

Tomatoes & Balsamic

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