Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mexican Stroganof

I had no idea what to call this dish.  It came about because I didn't read a recipe all the way through.  Have you ever done that?  It happened to both me and my son yesterday. When I started to make dinner using a recipe that I had clipped out of a Taste of Home magazine years ago, my momentum stalled when I came to the line that said stir such and such ingredients in a bowl.  Wait, how was this supposed to get hot?  Reading on I realized I had picked a baked dish and  I was in this for a quick skillet meal!  I had already spent my usual dinner prep time at the dentist with one of my children and we all had somewhere to be later in the evening.  With time being of the essence, I decided to punt.  This is the result and it was good enough to enter our regular rotation AND it lends itself to variations (see recipe).

The Musician often makes cookies using my blog while over at friends' homes.  Yesterday, he came running into the house looking for spices to make gingerbread men.  He started taking all of the contents of my spice cupboard out (not a great thing for me, but I digress) looking for ground cloves.  I kept telling him that I didn't think I had any.  When he had the entire cupboard almost empty, he yelled "aha!" and turned to me with a bottle of whole cloves.  I suggested that he not make gingerbread men, but he had already started.    He had left a bowl full of unflavored dough in a mixing bowl just down the street.  So, a bit unwillingly, I let him get out my spice mill (aka electric coffee grinder).  He ground up what he wanted and then left me with a very clove smelling mill.  I threw in a slice of bread and whirled it around to pick up all of the brown specks of cloves, but that did little to get rid of the smell.  I was getting a little desperate that everything I ground in the future would be tainted with cloves when I saw the little plate of kumquats I had picked up a few days ago.  Granted it was a little messy, but that little guy saved my grinder.  I wiped out all of the pulverized bits and was pleased to have no cloves left. 

Mexican Stroganof:
1 pound cubed chicken, pork or ground beef
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa
3 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
pasta, rice or baked potato
Cook meat in a large skillet.  If cooking chicken or pork, use 2 Tbsp olive oil.  If cooking ground beef, drain when cooked.  Keeping the heat on medium low, add the remaining ingredients and stir until all of the cheeses are melted and incorporated.  Serve over carbs of your choice. 


Ella said...

This looks soooo good! What brand of salsa did you use?

God bless,


adventuresindinner said...

What a cosy dinner :-) Your kitchen sounds like mine.

Marie said...

This looks really tasty! I love how you can just make a recipe work when running up against something unexpected--very cool!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

What a great save on a slight mistake.
I have had that happen to me before when baking...luckily I haven't had to throw anything out yet :)
The dinner looks quite yummy!

Cucina49 said...

I don't think it matters what you call it, it looks really tasty.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Looks good to me. I love skillet dinners! Great tip for cleaning the coffee mill. I use the same thing to grind my spices and have always been wary to grind those that are overpowering, for fear they would taint the thing forever!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious Kristen - so innovative and I'd eat it any day! Also. what a clever idea to clean out the clove smell!

Kim Bee said...

I am not a sour cream fan so stroganof is not a fave of mine, but one of my brothers is a huge fan so going to pass this on to him. Great job being super mom. We sure can multi task can't we?

Blackswan said...

Kristy, just wanna drop by to wish u & your family Merry X'mas! Thks for sharing this lovely recipe & Happy Holidays!

Tina said...

It looks like the change in the preparation method was a positive one. I love all things southwestern and the salsa ingredient I am sure made the sauce delicious. Wish I had been there to taste it-yum!
Cool way to clear out the spice grounds in the grinder. At least he did not grind any dried habaneros in there! Have a great day.

Sandi said...

YES. Definitely carb worthy :)

Lizzy said...

What a quick and delicious dinner idea! Great save with both your stroganoff AND your spice grinder :) Merry Christmas, my friend!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Very quick and delicious recipe that we need during this holiday season especially when we are busy or tired of holiday meal! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Prathima Rao said...

Such a delicious & quick recipe!!! The sauce looks mighty yummmm!!!!

Merry xmas to you and your family dear Kristen!!! Happy hols ;)

Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Katerina said...

I think that is what food is all about, inspiration, adaptation and innovation. It doesn't matter how you call this dish as long as it accomplished its mission; that is to make you happy! It looks very tasty to me! Merry Christmas to you too Kristen together with your lovely family!

kita said...

Nice punt. This looks like it would totally make my BF happy! Have a great Christmas!

Loveforfood said...

love, love, your site!

Amanda said...

going to the grocery store to buy salsa now! like. NOW! got to have this!

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