August 16, 2017

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

We are loyal enchilada fans over here and while I've tried a variety of canned enchilada sauces, nothing quite compares to homemade. There are so many unique flavors in this homemade red enchilada sauce and my personal favorite is the cinnamon. It adds so much to the dish.
The best part is the sauce comes together in no time at all and if you keep a stocked pantry, you'll already have the ingredients on hand. Trust me, it'll change the way you feel about enchiladas!

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Yields: 2 cups sauce
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar 
black pepper, to taste

1. Before you make the sauce, measure the flour and spices in a small bowl and place your tomato paste near the stove.
2. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, warm the oil until shimmering (it should be warm enough that the spices sizzle on contact). Pour in the flour and spice mixture. While stirring constantly with a whisk, cook until fragrant and slightly deepened in color, about 1 minute. Whisk the tomato paste into the mixture, then slowly pour in the broth while whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
3. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, whisking often, for about five minutes, until the sauce has thickened a bit and a spoon encounters some resistance as you stir it. (The sauce will further thicken as it cools.)
4. Remove from heat, then whisk in the vinegar and season to taste with a generous amount of black pepper.

August 8, 2017

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Yes I have yet another pizza dough recipe for you! While I l have loved using this recipe since it's no-rise, and this overnight one because it's simply amazing, I absolutely love this new recipe that only requires a 10-minute rise time and it's good to go!
This dough is so soft and fluffy and tastes amazing, too! I love the addition of honey instead of sugar, which I swear makes it even better.
Even if you're in a pinch, this pizza dough comes together in no time and makes for the perfect meal!
And I've yet to mess it up, which is pretty incredible. No tweaking on this one! It turns out every time.

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
Slightly Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Makes 2 (12”) pizzas or 1 baking sheet size pizza
1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. instant yeast
1 tsp. salt
2-3 cups flour

1. In a large bowl or bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix the water, honey, oil, yeast and salt. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (The exact flour amount will vary so go by the touch and feel of the dough versus the exact cup measurements in the recipe. The dough should be soft and smooth and not leave a residue on your fingers.)
2. Knead the dough 2-3 minutes (more like 5-6 minutes if kneading by hand).
3. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Lightly grease pizza pan(s) and set aside.
4. Let the dough rest, covered, 10 minutes. Shape the dough into pizza(s) and spread with sauce and toppings.
5. Bake 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown.