Pancakes to Smile For

This is more of a technique than a recipe. But great for kids.

A while back I was obsessed to form the perfectly round pancake. While trying to fix one that went horribly wrong, I noticed something when I flipped it.

So…that began the big art project. Here’s how to do it.

Using a spoon, make two tiny pancakes.  About dime sized.  Then a long curvy one.
Using a spoon, make two tiny pancakes. About dime sized. Then a long curvy one.

 

Then ladle in the rest of the pancake.  Aim for round.
Then ladle in the rest of the pancake. Aim for round.

WHEN YOU FLIP IT, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS….

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SERVE.
SERVE.

 

Trailer Trash Nachos

So I was watching folks make their spice mixes on the Food Channel. Did I mention my brand new blender? Come see what I made.

 

Get Your Ingredients Together

  • Chips.  I used Tostitos Original Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, 18 oz
  • Cheese.  Pick a block of your favorite cheddar.  Mild for me.
  • Velveeta.  About a cup or a 2 by 2 inch block of the stuff. Sorry about the picture. I couldn’t resist.
  • Milk.  About 2 cups.
  • Jalapenos-  1 cup.
  • Salsa- One jar of your favorite.
  • Meat.  Pick your favorite.  I used Farmer John’s Classic Smoked Sausage.
  • Cheetos- Yes, Cheetos.  I used two of the snack bags.  Use 2 handfuls if you have the big bag.

Here We Go

  1. In a medium sauce pan, plunk down that Velveeta to melt on low heat.  Add about 1/4 cup of milk.
  2. While that’s melting get a serving plate out.  I used this fancy-dancy snack tray. Drop a layer of chips down.  Try hard to keep it one chip deep.
  3. Grate some of your cheddar block on the chips.
  4. Stir the Velveeta.  If it’s thick as Hell add another splash of milk.
  5. Once the Velveeta is more or less melted, plunk down your cheddar block that has been cut up into about 1 inch cubes.  I used six cubes. Stir.
  6. While that’s melting, cut up your meats.  You can fry up the sausage in coins or keep them cold.  Whatever meat your using, cut it up into cocktail snack sized pieces.
  7. Check you cheese.  If it’s still hard to stir, add in 1/4 cup of milk.  Keep the milk handy if you need to add a couple of more splashes.
  8. Now grab the Cheetos and pop them in your blender.  Grind up them up until they look like the powder stuff in the Mac and Cheese mix.  You should wind up with about a cup of ground up cheese puffs.
  9. Check to see if you burned the cheese while playing with the blender. Add 1 cup of milk.  When it gets soupy (check to see if it oozes off your whisk or spoon),  dump in the Cheetos.  If it gets too thick  again add a splash of milk.  Stir.  Repeat  until it’s soupy again.
  10. Now pour you cheesy sauce on the chips.  Make sure each chip get some.  Also try to hit that cheddar you grated on in Step 3.
  11. Add more chips.  Then more cheesy sauce.
  12. Garnish the whole shebang with your meats.
This is what mine looked like.
This is what mine looked like.

Other Stuff

I added Summer Sausage to the mix and seasoned the cheese with pepper.  I suggest you get creative with the different flavors of Cheetos.  You can go Full On Trailer Trash by using generic cheese puffs, American sliced cheese and chunk baloney.

Remember the “Cheetos-in-a-Blender” trick to punch up your Mac and Cheese or fondue or any time you’ve got a cheese sauce on the stove.

Bon Aperitif