Cinco de Mayo

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

by Shawnda on April 27, 2013

in Cinco de Mayo,Dulce de Leche,Ice Cream,Mexican & TexMex

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

5 ingredients to heaven.

5 simple ingredients.

I don’t know that any single of ice cream has ever been so rich and decadent. And after being pretty much sugar-free for 30 days, I was good after a single bite.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

After officially wrapping up the Whole30, I wanted sushi rolls – complete with white rice. Jason wanted ice cream. Actually, Jason just wanted dessert. Something completely over-the-top, no chocolate.

And this ice cream totally qualifies as both.

His favorite ice cream, pre Whole30, was Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche. And it’s insanely easy to recreate at home – fresher, better, and for less expense – with just a handful of ingredients.

I tweaked the original recipe to:
1. Add more vanilla – you can never have too much vanilla to support those wonderful caramel notes.
2. Add the scrapings of a vanilla bean – everything tastes better studded with pretty flecks of vanilla bean
3. Swirl additional dulce de leche into the churned ice cream before freezing (well, as much as one can swirl it).

The final product:

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

One small spoonful of heaven.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Rich, decadent homemade dulce de leche ice cream studded with vanilla bean flecks.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups dulce de leche, divided (or two cans of homemade dulce de leche using this method, with some leftovers)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Scrapings from 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Heat milk and cream in a medium pot over medium-high heat just until steaming.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 2/3 cup dulce de leche until completely smooth.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla and the scrapings of a vanilla bean.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and completely cool it (placing the bowl in the sink and adding ice water to the same level as the mixture inside the bowl will speed things along very quickly).
  5. Chill until completely cold.
  6. Transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and run according to manufacturer instructions.
  7. Scoop out 1/3 of the ice cream into your freezer-bound container, drop small spoonfuls of half of the leftover dulce de leche on top.
  8. Scoop out another 1/3 of ice cream and repeat, using the remainder of the dulce de leche.
  9. Scoop the remaining ice cream over top, using a knife held vertically, give the ice cream a couple of swirls, and then transfer the container to the freezer until solid.

Notes

Yields: ~1 quart

Adapted from Gourmet (RIP)

Estimated time: 4 hours

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The Palauxma (a virgin Paloma)

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Cinco de Mayo! We are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Taquitos & Tequila pool party and I’m playing around with party menu ideas. And looking for every other excuse to whip up a new pool-side drink.

But I can’t decide which I dislike more to describe a drink lacking booze: Mocktail or Virgin. I guess if “virgin” makes me giggle, then that question probably answers itself, right?

So this is the Palauxma. It’s a faux Paloma.

The Palauxma is what a grapefruit margarita lover drinks on a school night. (Or when she’s out of tequila and running out for more would mean putting on real pants – and we all know that PJ pants are only acceptable in CVS after dark.)

(Sorry, Mom. That’s the ONLY reason there’s no tequila in this recipe.)

If you go to the right restaurant, the old waiter will light up briefly when you order it – because it’s just not a drink that people order – right before he goes all sadface on you to say that they don’t keep grapefruit soda behind the bar.

Instead of grapefruit soda, a simple – and much fresher – combo of grapefruit juice and club soda works even better. At home. Pants optional.

(And that 2-year old soda maker thingy collecting dust in the kitchen cabinet? Suddenly, its useful again.)

The Palauxma

Fresh grapefruit and lime juices are the star of this school-night version of the Paloma.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
  • 4 drops liquid stevia (or simple syrup or your favorite sweetener, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 2 small glasses of ice
  • Lime or grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix the grapefruit juice, lime juice, and the sweetener of your choice in a large glass or shaker.
  2. Divide club soda between two glasses of ice.
  3. Pour half of the grapefruit mixture into each of the glasses.
  4. Garnish with lime or grapefruit wedges, if using.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Lettuce-Wrap Chicken Fajitas

We’re in the Whole30 home stretch! When we started this thing 4 weeks ago, I imagined Day 31 to be a monstrous carb fest: a deep-fried french fry sandwich in a tortilla.

(Possibly battered and deep fried again.)

But here we are, 29 days later and I’m all like “Eh.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be really nice to have a tortilla on fajita night. But what I really want:

Goat cheese. (I’ve already pulled it out of the freezer!)

In place of tortillas, we’ve been having “lettuce wrap” fajita nights. Or just grabbing a knife & fork and forgoing the wrapping vehicle entirely.

We’ve relied pretty heavily on our go-to TexMex chicken marinade/wet-rub these last 28 days. Because when your mind already knows something is missing (like tortillas), it’s really easy to start picking things apart, looking for other “flaws.” But the wet rub is super flavorful and requires zero resting time – and almost impossible to find something to complain about.

Lettuce Wrap Chicken Fajitas

A lighter twist on chicken fajitas that doesn't skimp on flavor.

Ingredients

  • For the wet rub:
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • For the fajitas:
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced in 1/4-inch rounds (rings left in tact)
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced in 1/4-inch rings
  • Whole romaine or butter lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to high.
  2. Place a piece of foil over half the grill and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Add the onions and peppers and cook for ~8-10 minutes before flipping/stirring. Remove when the veggies are nicely charred.
  4. Whisk the wet rub ingredients together in a bowl. Add the chicken, turning to coat on each side.
  5. Place the chicken on the grill and cook ~6-8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.
  6. Let chicken sit 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve chicken with whole lettuce leaves, topped with grilled vegetables.

Notes

Yields: 2-3 servings

Wet rub slightly adapted from My Husband Cooks

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Eggs Benedict con Queso

Hi, my name is–

Queso! QUESO!! KAY-SOOOO!!!!

That’s kind of what happens when we go to Austin. We stop by the original Kerbey Lane Cafe at least once… a day. And before the server can even get his or her name out, my husband is already reaching for his tranquilizer gun.

So maybe it’s not that bad, but I am a certifiable chile con queso junkie. And I’ve never really paid much attention to their menu. (Seriously, they have a menu! Who knew?)

Eggs Benedict con Queso

But a reader recently brought to my attention a dish from that alleged menu: “Eggs Francisco.” Eggs Francisco is an English muffin topped with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, bacon and a scoop of Kerbey queso.

That? That sounds like my kind of breakfast. (Or breakfast for dinner, as it turned out.)

We took a slightly different approach to Eggs Francisco, instead merging Eggs Benedict with a few TexMex and breakfast favorites to create a dish totally worthy of a fancy & pricey brunch: bacon, avocado, pico de gallo, and a generous spoonful of queso.

Eggs Benedict con queso y avocado y bacon y pico de gallo. But you can call ‘em Eggs Benedict con Queso.

Eggs Benedict con Queso

And then you can call it the best thing to happen to Eggs Benedict since butter and homemade English muffins.

I already had English muffins in the freezer and leftover pico and queso in the fridge from the night before, so I really only had to cook the bacon, poach the eggs, and toast the muffins. It took no time at all for it all to come together!

Eggs Benedict con Queso

Eggs Benedict, with a TexMex twist.

Ingredients

  • For the pico de gallo:
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt
  • For each serving:
  • 1 toasted English muffin half
  • Sliced avocado
  • 1 slice of cooked bacon
  • 1 poached or fried egg
  • 1 scoop of warmed chile con queso (this is my favorite recipe)

Instructions

  1. Stir the ingredients for the pico de gallo together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Build your Eggs Benedict con queso from the bottom-up: english muffin half, avocado, bacon (breaking the pieces as necessary to fit), egg, queso, and a generous scoop of pico de gallo.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, Inspired by Kerbey Lane Cafe

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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