Friday, May 9, 2008

Cafe Rio Chicken and Pork Salad

The next one makes a ton. The recipe says it serves 20. I usually make the entire thing and then freeze the left over meat in smaller portion sizes in bags because they make great enchiladas, burritos, and bbq pork sandwiches. You can be creative.

Cafe Rio Chicken or Pork Salad

5 lbs chicken breast, boneless & skinless
1 small bottle zesty italian dressing
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients together in a large crock pot. Cook on high for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred with a fork. Reserve a small amount of juice and pour over shredded chicken to keep moist. Keep warm. (I never throw away the juice I just add the chicken back into it once it has been shredded. The chicken seems to soak most of it up)

Pork Roast
1 bottle of honey bbq sauce
1 T honey
1 liter coke

Place all ingredients in a large crock pot and cook on low all night. In the morning take the roast out leaving the juice in the crock pot, shred the roast. Place shredded roast back in the crock pot with the juice and leave on low.

I found this version for the pork too...sounds like it would be good.

Night Before:
3 ½ to 4 lb. Pork Roast
2 Tbs Brown sugar
1 to 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
Mix together and rub on pork roast. Put in crock pot on low. Cook all night.

Next morning,
add:1 can coke
1 cup chicken stock
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped

Keep cooking all day in crock pot on Low.
About an hour before serving, shred roast and add:1 cup brown sugar

Lime Rice
In a sauce pan saute:
2 T butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

In a large pot, bring the following to a boil:
6 2/3 C water
8 tsp chicken bullion
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 tsp cumin
2 small cans diced green chiles
1 T lime juice
1/2 tsp salt

Add onion and garlic to boiling mixture. Add 3 cups long grain rice. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Pico de Gallo
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Combine ingredients together in a medium bowl

Tomatillo Dressing
1 pkg Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dry Dressing Mix
1 C buttermilk
1 C mayonaise
1-2 tomatillos, peeled
1/2 - 1 clove garlic, minced
1/2-1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 - 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed

Blend ingredients together in a blender. Add additional mayonaise if dressing is too thin. Keep refrigerated.

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette Dressing (thank you Jen!)
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 c. fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 small jalepeno, seeded & diced
Combine in blender or food processor.

Serve in the following order:
Shredded Cheese
Chicken or Pork
Black or Pinto Beans
Lime Rice
Red and Green leaf lettuce, shredded
Pico de Gallo
Fresh cilantro
Parmasan Cheese
Fresh lime slice
Tomatillo dressing

I also made the fried tortilla strips because I like them on top. To make them I just cut them into strips with a pizza cutter and fried them in a little olive oil until they were light brown.

1 comment:

thejencooper said...

I made the Lime-Vin dressing and it is totally awesome! Love it! It doesn't make a ton of dressing, which was great for me because I only like a tiny bit, but if you like a lot of dressing you might want to triple the batch.