Monday, August 24, 2009

"Bajio Sweet Pork Salad" Copy Cat

I made this salad last week and it was DELICIOSO! I found these recipes online. The one for the sweet pork was from our local ABC 4 news who had one of the big wigs from Bajio on their show to present, so I thought it would be a pretty good recipe and it sure was!

So the layers in a salad you would get at Bajio (or Cafe Rio) include:
1- Tortilla (I used the uncooked 'tortilla land' brand you can find at Costco or most grocery stores by the milk, butter, etc. for sure at Walmart, smiths, maceys)
2- Sweet Rice (recipe below)
3- Black Beans (I just opened a can of seasoned black beans)
4- Corn
5- Sweet Pork (recipe below)
6- Chopped romain lettuce
7- Cheese
8- Any additional toppings you like: sour cream, guacamole, pico, salsa, etc
9- Tortilla strips (instructions below)
10- Creamy Tomatillo Ranch (recipe here)

And that is one dreamy meal.. and those you are serving it to will think you are the BEST!

Recipe for:
Sweet Pork

3 lbs pork roast 
2 quarts water 
4 cups sliced white onions
1/4 cup salt
1 cup sugar

Simmer together the following ingredients for 1 hour
4 cups enchilada sauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups soda water or coke/dr pepper
1 Tbs taco seasoning to taste
1 small cans pineapple juice (I added this to original recipe to try to reduce the spiciness of the taco seasoning because I had overdone it with almost 3 Tbs, my sis-in-law Birgitta recommended the pineapple juice and it was sooooo good that I'm always going to use it)

Cook pork in crock pot until tender enough to shred (about 8 hours). 
Drain pork and shred with fork, keeping pork in original cooking pot
Pour hot marinade over shredded pork
keep warm

Recipe for:
Sweet Rice

1 Tbs oil
1/2 of a white onion, chopped (add more or less to your taste)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
1 1/3 c. white rice
3 c. chicken broth
1/4  c. white sugar
heaping 1/2 tsp salt (1/2 tsp salt per cup of rice)

Put a little oil in bottom of pan
Saute chopped onion until translucent
On the side, combine the chicken broth and sugar, letting sugar dissolve (get this ready before you add the cilantro so it's ready to pour)
Add rice, cooking it until it is brown (be careful not to burn)
Add chopped cilantro (no big stems) to your onions and rice and saute 30 seconds more or so

Pour in broth with sugar, add salt, combine, and bring to boil
Cover and let cook on low/med low until rice is done, about 20-25 min
Fluff with fork before serving.

Tortilla Strips
Use tortillas of your choice (white corn, yellow, corn, flour)
Cut into thin strips

In large skillet, heat vegetable oil and fry up your strips, adding plenty of salt for deliciousness. Fry until light to golden brown.

Enjoy! You will be stu-uffed.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Heather Please Post....

....the pork recipe! Please! Thanks again for dinner. That pork salad was the best! It seriously tasted like Bajio!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cynthia Davies Whole Wheat Bread

Cynthia Davies Whole Wheat Bread:
5 1/2 cup hot tap water
11 cups whole wheat flour (I used 14)
3 T SAf instant yeast
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 T salt (did I say I followed it exactly? I put in 2 T)
1/2 cup gluten flour (you can get it a health food store or Walton Wheat)
Turn over on to 200. Pour water into mixer and add 3 cup whole wheat flour and yeast. Mix well. Add 3 more cups flour. oil, honey and salt. Mix well. Add gluten and the rest of the flour while mixer is mixing. Add flour only until dough pulls away from the bowl, cleaning sides . Knead 10 minutes in the mixer.

Turn oven off. Divide dough into four parts and shape into loaves on a lightly oiled surface. Put dough in sprayed pans and raise in the over about 20-25 minutes. When loaves are almost raised, leave them in the oven and turn it on to
350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes. (My oven is hot and so I cook it on a lower temperature for 40 minutes.