As many of you who have been following my blog for awhile know, I am incredibly interested in culture, travel and teaching my kids to enjoy different flavors and foods. Someday, we have big plans to travel the world together. But as for now, I am doing my best to bring the world to them. Normally, we try to make foods that correlate with our monthly #affiliate Little Passports delivery, however this month I was captivated by Kroger’s Taste of Mexico event and decided to purchase a few of the ingredients from the event to create a Mexico “inspired” meal at home.
Since I have absolutely no experience or knowledge of international cuisine, I decided to make the most Mexican inspired American meal I could think of. Basically I took my knowledge of tacos and turned it into a burger. I know, I know. . not very authentic, but the flavor was amazing.
For dinner I crafted a new cheeseburger with the added flavors of cumin, paprika, garlic, and red pepper flakes. We then grilled our burgers and served them with nontraditional toppings such as salsa, avocado, sour cream and a few traditional toppings such as cheese and lettuce.
Here is how we did it:
Ground Beef patties
Taco Seasonings (cumin, paprika, garlic and red pepper flakes)
Toppings (cheese, lettuce, avocado, salsa, sour cream)
Begin by preparing your burger patties. Sprinkle each of the patties with desired amount of taco seasonings. I usually just give them each a good shake and call it good.
Grill your burgers until cooked properly.
Add your burgers to a bun and top with your favorite choices.
Serve with tortilla chips (optional)
The entire family loved the burgers this way. In fact, we actually liked them BETTER than traditional burgers!
While browsing the Taste of Mexico event at Kroger, I was given a chance to try a goats milk caramel sauce. This inspired me to create a dessert to match with our fiesta meal. I decided to create something cinnamon and sweet, like the fried ice cream my kids order every time we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Since I didn’t want to get out a deep fryer and truly have no idea how to fry ice cream, I decided to make something similar in taste. This is my Americanized rendition of churro’s and ice cream. I must say that it turned out pretty wonderful.
Imitation Churros & Ice Cream
Oil for “frying”
Ice cream – vanilla
To make the “churro’s” to serve with our ice cream I simply made up a batch of pancake mix according to the box.
In a large skillet I added enough oil to cover about 1/2″ of the bottom. I heated the oil over medium heat and then added spoonfuls of pancake mix.
Allow the pancakes to cook as normal, they will just be a little bit crispier than a normal pancake when they are done.
Finally, remove them from the oil and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Serve with ice cream and caramel.
Next month I think we are going to be celebrating Brazil! Anybody have any meal ideas?