I've been working very hard on this month's Foodbuzz 24x24, and it's finally here! Finding low-budget and pantry items to use for this meal was challenging, but the results were anything but cheap!
First off, the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival is right around the corner, and Foodbuzz wanted to give 24 lucky featured bloggers the opportunity to receive a little extra help with the costs of plane tickets, hotels, etc. San Francisco, here I come! Thank you Foodbuzz!
The catch: not to use any money in preparation for this month's 24x24, but to look into your very own pantry for low-budget staples and use them to make one fantastic creative meal. This "Fiesta In A Can" uses not only canned but boxed, packaged, and fresh items with a long shelf-life, making them perfect for stocking up on.
Shopping list for Fiesta In A Can menu: block cheese cheaper than pre-grated and with a longer use-by date, grate it yourself chicken breasts or any meat on sale that you will use, buy extra and freeze some for use whenever masa harina in the mexican/spanish section or at spanish grocery stores, it's NOT cornmeal onions and garlic canned goods: - evaporated milk - plum tomatoes - corn - fire roasted chilies - chicken stock - coconut milk - pineapple slices - get unsalted vegetables and check the expiration dates just to be sure dried goods: - pinto beans - black beans - flour - sugar plan ahead when using dried beans, set them in a bowl of water the night before to reconstitute vegetable oil dried spices: - cumin - chili powder - coriander - crushed red pepper - garlic powder - cinnamon - great to keep around for mexican/spanish food
Main Dishes Spicy Mexican Corn Bisque -canned corn kernels -canned fire-roasted chilies -canned evaporated milk -dried spices Homemade Refried Beans and Spanish Rice -dried pinto beans -rice -canned plum tomatoes -dried spices Shredded Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce -frozen chicken breasts -onions -garlic -masa harina/homemade corn tortillas -dried spices -block cheese Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas with Red Sauce -masa harina/homemade corn tortillas -dried black beans -onions -garlic -block cheese -tomato paste -chicken stock -dried spices
Dessert Churros -canned coconut milk -flour and sugar -vegetable oil
Drinks Pineapple and Coconut Margaritas -canned pineapple juice -canned coconut milk -tequila Coconut Water and Pineapple Soda Corona
All of the foods were very well-received! Overall, the favorites were definitly the spanish rice, con queso dip, chicken enchiladas, and churros. The tortillas were fun and easy to make, but a little less successful as tortilla chips than as enchilada wrappers. Surprisingly everyone loved the canned corn bisque! The enchiladas were delicious, and everyone had fun experimenting to make different margaritas. I can't wait to have another dinner party soon!
How easy is it to buy a few extra canned goods when you're shopping so that when there's no fresh produce in the house you can still have a great meal? I really have all (well, almost) of these ingredients in my house on a regular basis. Recipes will be up soon, for now here are some pics. :)