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Where to Buy Chicken Casserole Supplies?

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My husband loves reading Lamebook and other sites that show funnies from around the web. Here’s one of his favorites:

Well, my friend Stacy was over for dinner this week on a night that my husband was out for his Fantasy Football Draft. So you know what that meant?

I could make a chicken dish!

Why not a Chicken Casserole dish?

I’ll tell you where you can find Chicken Casserole Supplies:

My Pantry!

I had all but two of the 18 ingredients needed for a Chicken Casserole dish from – you guessed it – The Homesick Texan. {As much as I love them, I don’t keep corn tortillas on hand, nor did I have half and half.} After picking those two items up from the nearby Cub Foods, I had the components to make:

Slightly Fancy-Pants King Ranch

Chicken Casserole

from The Homesick Texan

Eighteen ingredients may sound like a lot, but it really wasn’t. And if you want to make the easier, old-school version with cream of  mushroom and cream of chicken soup, Lisa includes that recipe on her website, too.

I started by seasoning and cooking up the chicken, which took more time than anticipated:

Chicken seasoned with lime, chili powder and salt

Then I shredded it:

Shredded Chicken

Next time, as a time saver, I’d have the chicken done ahead of time or just buy a rotisserie chicken and add the spices.

Then, I sautéed the onions and peppers. The recipe called for a poblano and a red bell pepper, but I had some small Anaheim peppers left from my last CSA box, so I used that instead of the red bell:

Poblano (1) and Anaheim (2) Peppers

I added the spices:

Spices: garlic, flour, cumin, cayenne, chili powder

After thickening the mixture with the chicken broth, I added the half and half. And since I didn’t have a can of Ro-Tel on hand that the author is so fond of, I put in 10 ounces of canned tomatoes along with a chopped jalapeno and serrano pepper, yet again from my CSA box. {Do they expect me to make Tex-Mex and Mexican food all summer? Aha! How did I forget about the serrano peppers used in Indian Food!? Note to self…}

After some simmering {not me, the sauce mixture}, I added the remaining lime juice, sour cream and some cilantro and seasoned it with salt and pepper:

Creamy mixture for the Chicken Casserole

With the oven heated, I began assembling the Chicken Casserole with layers of  the sauce mixture, corn tortillas, shredded chicken, cilantro and shredded cheese.

Layering of the Chicken Casserole…

Unfortunately, you don’t get a picture of the finished product. But with all the bubbly, golden brown cheese on top, it looked just like The Homesick Texan‘s Tex-Mex Squash Casserole that I made.

The Verdict? This King Ranch Chicken Casserole is the perfect combination of chicken, ooey-gooey cheese and heat. We thought it would be nice if it were a just a tad creamier, so maybe I’d add a little more sour cream next time. {Or I’d have some leftover to dollop on top. I finished off the container of sour cream for this dish, so we didn’t have that luxury.}

So where did I find my chicken casserole supplies?

  • Mostly my pantry and fridge
  • My CSA box
  • Cub Foods for the missing ingredients

Hopefully, that’ll help out Mr. David D. 😉

What is your favorite casserole dish?

Please include the recipe or a link to the recipe!

Cheers~
Carrie

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My Weekend Pantry Challenge

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My husband went out of town this weekend. So, I decided to give myself a challenge:

Cook only from my pantry, fridge and freezer.

This meant no eating out nor buying of any groceries. The only exception to the rule:

I could buy any fresh produce.

I still wanted to limit buying produce as much as possible because I needed to use up what was already in my fridge and from my last two CSA boxes. However, a trip to the farmer’s market on Thursday afternoon overstocked me even more. It’s just too easy to get carried away when I’m there!

The purpose of the challenge was to use up items that seem to be wasting space in the fridge, freezer or pantry. In particular, I wanted to use up the ones that I don’t use very often because either:

  1. My husband is allergic to them.
  2. He’s just doesn’t like them.

My CSA box the week before came with several jalapenos:

jalapenos and serrano pepper

I hadn’t had a chance to use them, so they were starting to shrivel. This photo was actually taken over a week before using them, so you still get the fresh look. However, the serrano pepper was from the week prior to that and had not only shriveled, but turned from green to the bright red color you see above.

I made sure to get out my trusty Homesick Texan Cookbook to put these little babies to good use.

Note: Slightly shriveled jalapenos pack nearly as much heat as fresh ones! {Or so it seems to me.} I’m so glad that I didn’t toss them!

On Thursday night, I started with:

Tex-Mex Squash Casserole

from

The Homesick Texan Cookbook

The chopping of all of the squash, onions and jalapenos was the most time consuming. Even with the Knife Skills Class that I took at The Kitchen Window that completely changed my life {not kidding!}, it got a little old after a while. The cookbook recipe calls for everything to be diced. However, I just noticed that the online recipe I linked you to suggests just slicing the squash. I think that may have saved some time with no effect on the outcome.

After everything was cooked up and put in the casserole dish, I covered it in cheese:

Cheesy goodness!

When I pulled it out of the oven, I started to divide the dish into six servings, when I realized that you might want a photo of the finished product:

Golden brown cheesy goodness!

While I now notice that the online recipe calls for a can of Ro-tel tomatoes, Lisa’s cookbook recipe calls for “canned tomatoes, preferably fire roasted”. Oh, yeah, baby! We keep stashes of these on hand:

If you have never had these canned fire-roasted garlic tomatoes, you are missing out. When I open the can, I put my nose in. I can smell garlic. I get hungry.

Yes, when I open a can of tomatoes, my mouth waters.

They are that good. So naturally, those went in.

Flavor: Wow. This dish has the perfect amount of heat. I don’t know how she does it, but all of Lisa’s recipes that I’ve tried in her cookbook seem to hit that ideal spice level. Don’t get me wrong, I could go spicier. But I’m not necessarily sure that I want to do that now. There is something about finding that exact level of heat that gives a dish flavor, but not so much that you can’t taste the other ingredients. It’s magical when you you discover it.

Other notes: Despite the fact that this dish is composed of vegetables; it still was filling enough to be a main entrée. The tortilla chips didn’t give it a crust or a crunch; however, they served as a binding for the bottom, and that lovely corn flavor came through. The abundance of cheese adds a bit of protein. However, to add even more, I may cut back on the squash a little in the future and add a can of black beans instead.

I also made:

Mexican Corn

from

The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Despite the link to the recipe above, Lisa’s book recipe illustrates how to do this with or without corn on the cob. I used corn on the cob, but cut it off the cob first.

Flavor: There really wasn’t much flavor here, despite the overabundance of butter and mayo. It just made it high in calories and fat. Even the cilantro and lime didn’t give it that zest that that I’m used to. I think I’ll just keep my regular old buttered corn on the cob for now. Wait! I just realized, I forgot the cayenne. DOH!

Friday morning I made:

Green Monster Smoothie

from

Kim at Living, Laughing, & Losing

Kim loves to throw together her own smoothies. I made this one because I love the fact that it’s one of the few in the blogosphere that doesn’t have protein powder! {Seriously, I still don’t understand the stuff. If one is on a health kick, why eat processed protein?}

In any case, I didn’t take a picture because, hey, it was 6:30am on Friday. Do you really think my brain is functioning yet? Nope. I made a half-portion of her concoction and was sure to use this as suggested:

Another reason why I chose to make this smoothie is that she said that her boyfriend claimed it was the best smoothie she’s ever made.

He was right.

Uh, well, I don’t know Kim personally and hadn’t had any of her other smoothies prior to this. But this one made me “Mmm…” out loud. In fact, I loved it so much that I made another after yoga in the evening, but added blueberries as she did in a later post. Just as good, if not better! These may become a staple for a while.

Flavor: I think what makes this smoothie so great is the cinnamon! I would have never thought of adding that to a smoothie and I just may do it all the time. I’m sure the maple almond butter gave it a hit of sweetness, too.

Friday night’s dinner included:

Green Beans with Cilantro Pesto

from

The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Leftover Tex-Mex Squash Casserole with Cilantro Pesto Green Beans

Flavor: Just what you’d expect from a cilantro pesto! The serrano pepper gives is just a little kick. The recipe calls for pecans which I didn’t have on hand, so I threw in some toasted almonds instead. I saved some leftover pesto with which to:

  1. Coat more veggies or pasta.
  2. Top a burrito or even a crepe like Kat did.

Saturday’s eats:

I was cleaning like a mad woman, so mostly fruit and snacks were consumed during the day. One snack included:

Wholly Guacamole, jalapeno and tomato

I have about three more of those Wholly Guacamole packs left and they expire sometime this month. I thought I’d mix one with a bit of the leftover chopped jalapeno, some chopped tomato and garlic powder to make:

Jazzed Up Guacamole

I grabbed a handful of tortilla chips leftover from the bag I bought for the Tex-Mex Squash Casserole. This was a perfect-sized snack that carried me over during my complete overhaul of the office. In fact, I didn’t even think about starting to make dinner until 7:30pm.

I knew that I wanted to use up the Rob-unfriendly chicken that I put in the freezer a while back. Then I remembered this:

Kitchen Stash Supper

from

Iowa Girl Eats

I love this flexible recipe because it gives me a chance to do exactly what I needed to this weekend – use up items in my fridge, freezer and pantry.

Here’s what was in the mix of the version I made:

  • Half of an onion, diced – I never have shallots in the house, but always have onions.
  • Chopped Veggies – I used about three cups instead of two. I had so many options to choose from including red peppers and anaheim peppers from my CSA box, zucchini from the farmer’s market… But I ended up choosing the ones that I didn’t see myself using up later or that made the dish more varied in color:

onion, bok choy, canned fire-roasted garlic tomatoes, yellow squash

    • Bok choy from my CSA box
    • Garlic fire-roasted canned tomatoes – Half of a can was leftover from the Tex-Mex Squash Casserole. I drained the juices, though, so it wouldn’t make my dish runny.
    • Yellow squash from the farmer’s market
  • Chicken – I used the entire 15-oz package instead of the 12 ounces suggested in the recipe. I cooked it in this microsteamer instead of cooking it in olive oil.
  • Elbow Macaroni – I only had about 3.5 ounces left, but knew the extra chicken and veggies would make up for it.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – I thought about using the last of the Chipotle Laughing Cow wedges I had or leftover Cojita cheese from my Homesick Texan recipes, but decided I wanted a different flavor from all the wonderful Tex-Mex ones I’d been having lately. I do not want to burn out on them!

The cooked chicken, sautéed veggies and sauce all mixed together looked like this:

Kitchen Stash Supper

Flavor: I wish it had more! Despite the fact that I used roasted garlic grapeseed oil to sauté the veggies and added a hefty spoonful of minced garlic, something was missing. Maybe I didn’t salt the dish enough? Maybe I should have used a more flavorful cheese? {Maybe I was just comparing to those wonderful Tex-Mex flavors I’ve been experiencing lately.} I didn’t add any fresh basil or parsley as suggested either. But the chicken was juicy and I loved the different textures of all the vegetables. And the sauce was creamy, too!

Notes: You know what I love most about this recipe? It’s another step to learning how to be flexible and creative in my cooking, to improvise. I’m really trying to learn to use recipes as guides and become more instinctive when I cook. If I would have tasted this before plating {Food Network 101, right?}, I would have thought to salt the dish a bit more or add another spice. I can’t wait to try it out next time!

But before I made that Saturday night Kitchen Stash Supper, I put together a Sunday salad that needed 24 hours to marinate:

Corn and Cucumber Salad with Fresh Blueberries

from

A Veggie Venture

The blueberries that I had picked up earlier in the week as a BOGO special are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. I found myself munching on them while putting this salad together. Mmm. Antioxidants!

When Sunday came around, I gave in and made this to accompany my salad:

Corn & Cucumber Salad with Blueberries and Hard-boiled Egg and Tomato Sandwich

Yes, that is Benny in the background eyeing my creation, hoping to get a bite!

I first saw the Egg, Tomato and Scallion Sandwich at Gina’s Skinny Recipes (aka Skinnytaste.com). Why didn’t I think of that? I thought. I had those ingredients on hand already. I felt directed to act. But I didn’t…

Until… Racheal at Running with Racheal posted pictures of the ones she made on her blog four different times in four days! Okay, so it was time. {Even if I was now out of scallions.} And I now realize why marketers say that you have to see or hear a message a bunch of times – even if we are interested in a product – before we take any purchasing action.

Verdict?

Let’s start with the Corn & Cucumber Salad with Blueberries.

Flavor:  My first bites… Mmm… good, fresh flavors. However, after a few more, I realized that I couldn’t really taste the blueberries. It could have been a corn and cucumber salad for that matter. And because I thought those blueberries were the absolute best I ever tasted, I decided to take some fresh ones and sprinkle them on top. Nope, the salad flavors still overpowered them.

Notes: I was curious to see how corn and blueberries would pair together, but I’m not sure that I could tell here. You could make this with just corn and cucumbers and still have  refreshing salad! However, the blueberries give a nice color contrast.

As for the Hard-boiled Egg & Tomato Sandwich:

Flavor: What the heck have I been waiting for!? No wonder Racheal had been making these four days in a row! I’m entirely positive that it’s not just because she is pregnant. 😉 When I saw this sandwich on Skinny Taste, I knew that eggs and tomatoes are flavors I loved. I knew that this would be simple to put together. So, I don’t know what took me so long. Thanks, Racheal for unintentionally kicking my butt into action!

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So, did I make a dent in my pantry, freezer and fridge? All that cooking made me feel like I did… but I still have the following perishables to use up with only one day to cook this work-week and another CSA box to arrive on Wednesday:

  • Tomatoes (3)
  • Red Bell Peppers (2)
  • Cucumbers (3)
  • Bok Choy
  • Hard-boiled Egg (1) – uh, it’s obvious what I’ll be doing with that!
  • Anaheim peppers (2)
  • Cilantro (about 1 cup)
  • Zucchini
  • Wholly Guacamole (two 100 cal packs)
  • Diced jalapeno
  • Cilantro pesto
  • Head of cabbage

I have lunches of leftover Tex-Mex Squash Casserole and Kitchen Stash Supper set to take with me to work all week. Red peppers and cucumbers were cut up as a snack for dipping in hummus. I can make another Hard-boiled Egg & Tomato Sandwich as well as another helping or two of Jazzed up Guac. But the rest? When will I use it all?

Sure, it may sound like all I did was cook and eat this weekend, but it didn’t really take up much time. I also cleaned, dog-sat, did a couple of 4-mile runs, attended three yoga sessions and participated in the Homegrown Experience… But that’s for another post.

Do you have a favorite go-to dish when you need to clear out the fridge, freezer and pantry? If so, please share!

Cheers~
Carrie

Cooking Like a Homesick Texan – Part 2

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This past weekend, I had time to really dig into The Homesick Texan Cookbook and try out some flavorful recipes. I spent Friday night making my own Mexican Chorizo and along with some Poblano Mac and Cheese.

But I wasn’t about to stop there!

Sunday morning’s menu included Breakfast Rellenos!

It had been ages since I’d had a chile relleno. When I saw Lisa Fain’s recipe for a Breakfast Relleno in The Homesick Texan, with my adoration for eggs, I knew immediately that they’d be one of her recipes I would attempt to make.

As I began to roast the poblanos and gather the rest of the ingredients, I noticed that at the end of the recipe, it stated to serve with salsa.

WHOOPS! I didn’t have any. However, I did get a tomatillo in my CSA box this past week. And while I couldn’t find a recipe that used just one tomatillo to make a salsa verde, I did see a few that used a combination of tomatoes and tomatillos. And because this recipe online looked pretty easy, I used it as a guide:

Tomatillo Salsa recipe I found at TheKitchn.com

In my half of the CSA box this week {I share with my friend Jen}, I received one tomatillo, a red tomato {well, many red tomatoes, but all but one were already consumed!}, a yellow tomato and a green tomato. That’s how I decided what I would be using to create my salsa. Let me remind you that I’m not much of an impromptu cook, so this is a big deal!

So once the poblanos were roasted, the tomatillo, tomatoes and seeded serrano chiles took their turn under the broiler. Then they went into my beloved food processor:

Pretty darn colorful, don’t ya think?

After puréeing the ingredients together, I tasted the salsa. It was a bit runny; I like my salsa chunky. I also thought that something was missing. So I added a touch more salt, a spoonful of minced garlic and a chopped {non-roasted, non-CSA} roma tomato that I found in my fridge.

While my friend Cinia makes the best salsa of anyone I’ve ever known, I do have to say that this one was still pretty darn good. In fact, Rob loved it. When I served it alongside the relleno, I didn’t think he’d comment on the salsa. I thought it would be more an afterthought. But the salsa is what he complimented me on first, without me even asking what he thought of it.

Breakfast Relleno with Roasted Tomato & Tomatillo Salsa

Okay, so sometimes I get too excited and start eating my creations before I remember to snap a picture for y’all. The relleno stuffing included some of the Mexican Green Chorizo that I made on Friday night along with onions, eggs, spices and cheese. Boy oh boy, was this tasty! And pretty darn easy to make, too. What takes the most time is roasting the poblanos, but very easy to do!

Later in the day, I wanted to make a snack {which ultimately became lunch}. I still had some serrano peppers to use and I wanted to try my hand at making my own Chile Con Queso instead of buying the cheese sauce that my husband so loves. It was actually very easy to make!

Tomatoes and cilantro added to the chile base of the sauce.

Adding the cheese 1/4 cup at a time:

Cheddar and Monterey Jack are used in this queso

Once melted and gooey, we enjoyed tortilla chips with the Chile con Queso and leftover salsa from the a.m.:

Tortilla Chips, Chile con Queso, and Roasted Tomato & Tomatillo Salsa

The queso was good, but could have been a bit spicier. Maybe I should have thrown that last serrano I had in there! Would I make it again? Probably not. Only because I don’t make nor buy cheese sauce like this normally. And it’s not a good thing to have around the house when I’m trying to shed a few pounds. 😉

That being said, we have a ton {not literally} of queso left.

What would you do with leftover queso besides eat it with chips?

Cheers~
Carrie

Cooking Like a Homesick Texan – Part 1

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This weekend, knowing I had ample time so I wouldn’t feel rushed, I decided to finally make an attempt to cook from The Homesick Texan Cookbook.

You are probably thinking, What?! She cooks?”

I don’t blame you after all the posts I’ve done about restaurants and dining out. It’s understandable that you might think that I don’t/can’t cook. But that’s just not the case. I’m still quite the novice and I’ve had some absolute disasters in the kitchen {just ask my husband}, but I do like to cook on a semi-regular basis.

I love coming up with wine pairings for all types of cuisine, but for some reason, I decided I wanted to pick up some Coronas instead. It’s summer and we’d be enjoying some Tex-Mex, so I thought it was only natural:

Poblanos ready for roasting, Coronas with lime and The Homesick Texan Cookbook

When it comes to beer, Corona is pretty much the only lager I’ll drink. And it can’t be done sans lime. I’m not so much into light beers either, but I suspected with Corona that it couldn’t make much of a difference. So I decided to do a side-by-side taste test. And I was right; there was no difference. Well, except for the approximately 50 calories per bottle, of course.

Earlier in the week, I asked Rob to thumb through The Homesick Texan and mark any dishes that looked good to him. I had already marked a few myself:

But I wanted him to have first pick of what I’d make. His choices?

Poblano Mac and Cheese

and

Sausage Balls

I told him that the Sausage Balls would have to wait. They are more of an appetizer and the recipe makes 36 balls. Rob is not one for leftovers, so I didn’t want those hanging around the house, or wasted. So, if you invite us to a party anytime soon, let me know if you’d like me to make them!

Still, I did have an idea.

When I was thumbing through the cookbook, I saw recipes for Mexican Chorizo. I can make my own chorizo?!” I thought. I looked at the ingredients and the instructions. It didn’t look too hard. That’s when the idea hit me: Rob loved the Adult Mac & Cheese with chiles and andouille at the Burnsville Ale House. I could add chorizo to this Poblano Mac and Cheese!

I know, I’m just Brilliant. Yes, with a capital B.

I thought these recipes would be a little labor-intensive {for me}, so I picked a night when I didn’t have anything planned to do after dinner. I didn’t want to feel hurried. I wanted to enjoy the cooking experience rather than be stressed out about it.

And I think that in total, without rushing and while taking plenty of sips of my Corona, making dinner from The Homesick Texan probably took me about an hour or so. And if I had made the chorizo in advance, the mac and cheese would have been even easier.

To make the Mexican Green Chorizo {aka Chorizo Verde}, I roasted an extra poblano, but also needed two serrano chiles. Luckily, I got a bunch in our CSA box last week:

CSA hot peppers

Yes, Featherstone Farm said they put “hot peppers” in the CSA box this week. How did I know they were serrano peppers? Well, I wasn’t completely sure. I’ve cooked with serranos before, but they do look very similar to jalapenos. However, they are five times hotter! Luckily, I had a leftover jalapeno from my CSA box the week before to compare:

jalapeno vs. serranos

I am grateful for the food processor I bought last year so I could whir together the roasted poblano, spinach, cilantro, serranos and spices:

spicy paste for green chorizo

All I had to do was mix that with some ground pork and cook it up:

Mexican Green Chorizo

Oh boy! The flavor in this chorizo! Talk about well-seasoned! I just made my own chorizo! Yeehaw!!!

Then I put together everything for the Poblano Mac and Cheese and popped it into the oven:

Poblano Mac and Cheese

When it came out of the oven, I served the Poblano Mac and Cheese with a crumbling of Cojita cheese and some of the Mexican Green Chorizo on the side. This way we could taste the mac and cheese without the chorizo first and then mix it in if we desired.

The Verdict?

I don’t think I’ve ever made anything this flavorful at home! Rob had a second helping later in the evening. I was quite proud of this dish and am excited for leftovers for lunch this week. I didn’t ask Rob how it compared to the Adult Mac & Cheese with andouille and chilies at the Burnsville Ale House. I didn’t want to risk bruising my ego. 😉

My only wish was that this Mac and Cheese was a bit creamier. However, this may have been my fault. Author Lisa Fain of The Homesick Texan recommended to add more milk, a little at a time, if when mixing the sauce, it got too think. I didn’t follow this advice because Rob doesn’t like runny, thin sauces. I decided to refrain. Perhaps if I added a little more milk, it would have been creamier?

Come back tomorrow to find out how I used up the rest of Chorizo Verde. I’d like to give a special shout out to Kat, who sent me the cookbook as a giveaway from her blog. She cooks from the book often and I’m often drooling over her photos. Thanks, Kat!

What new dish have you made lately that made your taste buds sing?

Cheers~
Carrie

Beaverton Tavern – Beaverton, MI

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Who would have guessed that when traveling in Michigan, you can get some of the best-tasting Mexican food in a little tavern in a small town?

I’m using the term “Mexican food” loosely because frankly, in the Midwest, you don’t often find authentic Mexican food, even in many restaurants owned and operated by Mexicans. And I don’t think Tex-Mex is quite accurate as a label either. I’m reading a cookbook titled The Homesick Texan thanks to Kat. By what I’m learning, I don’t think we can truly call all Mexican-American food Tex-Mex. The flavors and cooking techniques in Tex-Mex cuisine are a specialty all their own.

In general, Midwesterners make their Mexican food a little more simply. And while I do like spicy food {hey, this blog isn’t called Season It Already! for nothing}, “Minnesota Spicy” is something quite different. It’s used to refer to mildly spicy food that Minnesotas tend to think are SPICY. Now, I didn’t grow up in this state, but over the years, I’ve come to learn that if spice is on a 5-point scale where 1 = mild, 3 = medium and 5 = hot; Minnesota spicy would probably be equal to a 1.5. 😉 Minnesotans, do I have that one right?

I digress.

This post isn’t about spice or Minnesota.

It’s about nachos… in Michigan.

Nachos have become an American staple in any bar-and-grill-type restaurant in the United States. Wouldn’t you agree? They have evolved into a type of food that has become almost as classically American as a hot dog. {Don’t you see nachos on the menu at every baseball game?}

In any case, every time we go to back to Michigan to visit friends and family, we have to go the The Beaverton Tavern.  We affectionately call it “The BT”. {I have no idea if locals call it this, but we do!}. And we nearly always order the same thing:

Shredded Beef Nachos

Oh how I wish that my pictures turned out better here… But it’s a little dark inside. {Have you ever been in a brightly lit tavern? I didn’t think so.} And apparently I didn’t have my flash on, nor was I paying attention. I was probably too anxious to eat the dang things. You’ll just have to take my word on this one:

These nachos are perfect.

I am not sure that I have ever had better!  No wonder they were voted Mid-Michigan’s Best Nachos & Burritos by WNEM TV 5 Viewers.

The topping-to-tortilla chip ratio is unmatched. I even think nacho guru Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats would approve.

They use real cheese. When it comes to nachos, Rob and I disagree on this one: real cheese vs. cheese sauce. I’m a Wisconsin girl, so I want the real, melty thing. Plus, it’s just better quality! And while Rob argues that the cheese sauce is better and makes true nachos, somehow he can overlook this at The BT. Otherwise, he’d order something else, right? And usually, he won’t share these nachoswith me. But I talked him into it this time around.

Here’s how:

On my very first visit to The BT back in 2004, not knowing about the nacho perfection, I ordered this:

Puerco Flautas: Shredded pork & cheese in flour tortillas, deep fried, covered with a sour cream sauce and served with picante rice & refried beans

Um yeah. There really is nothing healthy going on here, but oh-so-good. That’s why, on this visit, I convinced Rob to split it with me. {Or actually, I ended up having only a couple of bites and he stole the rest… At least he shared the nachos!} It was at the end of that meal that we agreed that all future annual visits will require the splitting of the puerco flautas and the shredded beef nachos at The BT. You know, big life-altering plans and such. I still wonder how they make and keep their shredded pork and beef so juicy! {Maybe I don’t want to know. Naiveté does have its virtues.}

Here’s just another note on Mexican food in Michigan restaurants. You can laugh at me all you want, but I had never heard of the term “Wet Burrito” until I came to Michigan. But they are a common menu item at restaurants I’ve visited throughout the state!

While I assumed that a wet burrito is one that is smothered with a sauce like an enchilada, it wasn’t until I started writing this post that I actually looked it up to be sure. 😉

And one last, completely unrelated sidebar about The BT: They have excellent croutons. My father-in-law likes to ask for an extra side dish of these highly seasoned, saturated pieces of crunchy goodness.

Where have you found the best nachos?

What’s your preference on nachos – real cheese or cheese sauce?

Cheers~
Carrie