How to Keep Your White Furniture Clean

Inside: Learn some practical tips for keeping your white furniture white and clean, even when you have a house full of kids.    We recently moved into a new house, and …

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Inside: Learn some practical tips for keeping your white furniture white and clean, even when you have a house full of kids. 

 

White Sofa from the Futon Shop from the second floor

We recently moved into a new house, and as I’m sure you are aware, moving often means getting new furniture. In our case, we needed a sectional sofa to fill a large great room with 20 foot ceilings. After looking around, we decided to get a 5 piece sectional from the Futon Shop. What I love about the Futon Shop is that they have all-natural furniture with the option to have organic fill. They are non-toxic and chemical free which is really important to me and my family. As you can see in the picture below, they are comfy and we often find our youngest son sleeping on it. 

little boy sleeping on couch from the Futon Shop

 

One tip when buying from the Futon Shop (or anywhere, really) is to measure the space and make sure it is big (or small) enough. We initially purchased a smaller size, but when we put it all together, we realized that we needed one more piece, which we then purchased. The dimensions are posted on the site, so you should be able to measure before buying. Learn more about the Futon Shop and its natural furniture here

sofa from futon shop from second floor without covers

They have so many different options for colors fabrics, and in the end we chose to go with a white color. Now, many of you know that I have 3 boys, with another on the way, so you are probably thinking I am crazy for having white furniture. I have had that thought myself if I am being completely honest, but it went really well with the overall design and color scheme of our home so we went with it anyway. 

white furniture with pillows

Before making the choice, I did some research and found that you really can take some steps to keep white furniture clean. It isn’t easy, and of course there are going to be accidents, but I wanted to share some tips today about keeping that new white sofa clean. 

Pre-Treat the Fabric

The first thing you should do when you get your white furniture is treat it with fabric protector. This can make a world of difference because they are designed to repel spills and other messes. Based on my experience, this is not going to protect it from everything, but it definitely does a good job of repelling small spills and other accidents. There are many options to choose from, but I always recommend trying it on a small piece of the fabric on the underside of a pillow or somewhere else that isn’t visible to make sure it doesn’t cause any issues. 

Follow the Manufacturer’s Guidelines and Wash Often

The sofa that we got from the Futon Shop comes with easily removable covers for the cushions and pillows. This makes it easy to remove them and wash them in the washing machine from time-to-time. If you are using white slipcovers, you can take those off as well and wash them when needed. The important thing here is to make sure that you are following the manufacturer’s instructions for washing. Many fabrics require using only cold water and air drying. If you follow the instructions for washing the fabric, your furniture will last longer and should stay cleaner as well. 

Don’t let Spills Sit for a Long Time. 

The longer you wait to clean a stain, the more difficult it will be to remove and maintain the white color for your sofa. For example, if your child drops a popsicle on the couch, you should wipe it up right away and use a spot stain remover and probably wash that part of the couch at the very least. If you let it sit, it will be very difficult to get rid of later. 

Make and Enforce Rules 

This may seem like a crazy idea to all of you moms of boys out there, but if you want to keep your white furniture clean, you have to set rules and you have to enforce them. For example, we have movie night every night in our family room. With movie night, we serve ice cream, but my boys know that the rule is that we do not eat the ice cream on the couch. In fact, our overall rule is that there is no eating on the couch ever. It was hard for them to adjust, but they are used to the rule now and that has helped me keep our beautiful sofa clean. 

white furniture in the great room with rug

 

If you are going to spend money on a new couch, you should definitely take the time to make sure that you are doing what you can to keep it clean. I hope that these tips are helpful for you! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips. 

 

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Authentic Mexican Fried Empanadas Recipe

Inside: Continue reading to find out how to make authentic Mexican fried empanadas which is a popular street food throughout Mexico and that is easier to make than you might think.  Street food, commonly known as “antojitos” in Mexico, is very popular and there is a good reason. It is usually inexpensive, fast, and delicious! One […]

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Inside: Continue reading to find out how to make authentic Mexican fried empanadas which is a popular street food throughout Mexico and that is easier to make than you might think. 

Mexican empanadas on a black plate and topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, and crema

Street food, commonly known as “antojitos” in Mexico, is very popular and there is a good reason. It is usually inexpensive, fast, and delicious! One of the most popular antojitos is empanadas. You can find them throughout Mexico and there are many different varieties and ways to make them. 

I previously shared a recipe for baked empanadas, which are delicious and have a distinct flavor. Today, I am going to share how to make the more common type of empanadas in Mexico, which are made with corn masa and fried to perfection. 

As you can see in the picture below, these empanadas are good for all ages. My 4 year old went through three of them in no time!

4 year old eating empanadas

What are fried Empanadas?

Empanadas are made by pressing freshly prepared corn masa into a tortilla, filling it, sealing the edges and then frying it until it is golden brown. You can fill it with cheese, beef, chicken, or anything else that you are craving.

Most commonly, you will find cheese empanadas and ground beef empanadas in Mexico. After they are fried, you can top them with fresh lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa, and crema. 

You should be aware that it is virtually impossible to only eat one, so it is a good idea to make as many as possible to make sure everyone gets enough. 

Adult hands pulling apart a cheese empanada

How do you make empanadas?

The first step to make empanadas is to purchase prepared corn masa. You can usually find this in any Mexican market if you are in the US, and in Mexico of course you can find it just about anywhere. To get it ready for empanadas, you should add 1 cup of flour for each pound of masa, 1 teaspoon of salt, and about 1/2 cup of water. You will add the water a little at a time until reaching the desired consistency as shown in the images below.  

The easiest way to make the tortillas is to get a high-quality tortilla press like this one. With the tortilla press, you will be able to make multiple tortillas in short order and have them ready to fill, seal, and fry. I always add plastic wrap or a cut up ziploc bag to the bottom of the tortilla press and the top to prevent the masa from sticking. 

You will start by adding a  ball of masa (roughly 1/4 cup) to the tortilla press and then pressing it down flat.  

empanada on a tortilla press before frying it

After preparing each tortilla, add your desired filling. If you are making cheese empanadas, you will want to use a cheese that melts easily. Some examples are Queso de Oaxaca or Queso Asadero, or even Mozzarella Cheese. I usually make some cheese empanadas and some ground beef empanadas. For my ground beef filling, check out the recipe below. 

Ground beef filling for an empanada

It is important to then fold the tortilla over and press the edges together with a fork or just with your fingers. Having a good seal is important so that the filling doesn’t escape when you start frying. 

After the empanadas are prepared, you will heat the oil (vegetable, avocado, or another type of frying oil will work). The ideal temperature is between 350 and 365 degrees fahrenheit. If the oil it too hot, you will risk burning your empanadas, so you will want to avoid that. 

You will add the empanadas to the hot oil, making sure they are covered on both sides. Sometimes I will use a pot rather than a pan so that I can make sure they are completely immersed.

You should only fry 3-4 at at a time so that you can make sure that you don’t burn them. Once the empanadas are golden brown on both sides, remove them from the oil and add them to a large bowl that is lined in paper towels.

fried empanadas on a black plate before adding lettuce and garnishments

Once they have cooled down a bit, remove them from the bowl and serve on a plate. Then top them with lettuce, salsa, pico de gallo, and crema. 

Mexican empanadas on a black plate and topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, and crema

These are very addicting, and I am sure that you will enjoy them. Let me know in the comments below how they turn out for you. 

Other Mexican Street Food That Youl Should Try

Check out these other recipes for antojitos that taste great and are easy as well.

Mexican empanadas on a black plate and topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, and crema
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Authentic Mexican Fried Empanadas

Continue reading to find out how to make authentic Mexican fried empanadas which is a popular street food throughout Mexico and that is easier to make than you might think. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword empanadas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Empanadas
Calories 418kcal

Ingredients

For the Masa

  • 1 Lb Prepared Corn Masa
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Oil For frying

For the Ground Beef Filling

  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1/4 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 bunch Cilantro Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tomato Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika

For Cheese Filled Empanadas

  • 2 Cups Queso de Oaxaca or other melting cheese

Instructions

For the Masa and Empanadas

  • Add the prepared masa to a large bowl and then add the flour, salt, and a little bit of the water.
  • Stir, adding more water until you reach the desired consistency. It should be thick enough that it doesn't break up when you make a tortilla, but thin enough that it won't take too long to cook through. See images
    empanada on a tortilla press before frying it
  • Form balls with about 1/4 cup of masa and flatten the tortilla using a tortilla press with plastic wrap on the top and bottom. Add the filling (ground beef or cheese) and fold over using the plastic wrap to assist and seal the edges with your fingers or a fork.
  • Heat oil to about 350-365 degrees fahrenheit in a pot or a frying pan and add the empanadas 1 or 2 at a time. You will fry the empanadas for approximately 3-5 minutes each until golden brown.
  • Serve with lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa, and crema.

For the Ground Beef

  • Heat the ground beef and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until cooked through, adjusting seasonings to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Empanada | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg

 

Empanadas on a black plate and being opened and ready to eat

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Amazing Smoked Pork Chops Recipe

Inside: Keep reading to find out how to make delicious smoked pork chops on a wood pellet grill.  In the couple of years since we purchased our first wood pellet smoker from Traeger, we have made a lot of different recipes! That is because it is so versatile and you can cook pretty much anything […]

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Inside: Keep reading to find out how to make delicious smoked pork chops on a wood pellet grill. 

Smoked pork chops with a few slices cut off and the knife next to it

In the couple of years since we purchased our first wood pellet smoker from Traeger, we have made a lot of different recipes! That is because it is so versatile and you can cook pretty much anything that you can cook in the oven. 

We prefer the wood pellet smoker over the oven for a lot of recipes because it gives the food a great smoky flavor that you can’t get anywhere else. We have made brisket, ribs, nachos, pulled pork, cherry cobbler, pizza, and more! Today, however, I am going to show you a simple and delicious way to grill pork chops on your wood pellet grill. 

Which Wood Pellet Grill Should You Buy?

Our current favorite smoker is the Timberline 1300 from Traeger. It is big enough for just about anything we can cook and has all of the newest features. For example, it has the Traeger WiFIRE feature which allows you to control and monitor the temperature of the grill and the food from your smartphone. 

Timberline 1300 with pellets on the side

It also has an integrated probe and other great features to ensure that your food turns out great everytime. Click here to check out more about the Timberline 1300. 

We also have a Traeger Pro 575, and it is also a great option if you aren’t ready to buy the larger Timberline. It also has the WiFIRE feature and more that you will love. It is smaller than the Timberline, but you can still cook a few racks of ribs and plenty of burgers to keep the family happy! Check it out here

How do you make smoked pork chops on a wood pellet grill?

We bought some delicious bone-in pork chops last week and decided to cook them up on the Timberline 1300. You won’t believe how simple it was, but the flavor we got out of it was amazing. 

The process is simple – first, you will generously apply your favorite rub to each pork chop. I used Traeger’s Blackened Saskatchewan Dry Rub. It has a bit of a kick but is seriously so good! Check it out here

Pork chops with rub

Then, you preheat your grill to 450 degrees and add the pork chops. 

Pork chops on the grill

Cook for about 30 minute, flipping half way through. The pork chops should be cooked to 140-145 degrees at that point which makes for a juicy pork chop that everyone will love. 

Pork Chops resting before slicing

How to serve smoked pork chops. 

The most common way to serve smoked pork chops is on the bone and with some side dishes. However, I like to slice it into fairly thin slices and use for tacos and even a sandwich. That said, you can keep it whole and serve it with your favorite side dishes like coleslaw or potato salad and you will be happy for sure. 

smoked pork chops sliced into thin slices

You can also serve it with barbecue sauce or steak sauce if you like to have a little added flavor, but honestly, these chops are juicy and flavorful enough that you may not want to add anything. 

This recipe is definitely going into our rotation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Smoked Pork Chops

Find out how to make smoked pork chops on a wood pellet grill
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Smoked Pork Chops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 Pork Chops
Calories 379kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Bone In Pork Chops
  • 1/2 Cup Blackened Saskatchewan Rub (Traeger) You can replace this with your favorite rub
  • 1 Tbsp Salt Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to 450 degrees fahrenheit
  • Generously apply the rub and the salt to each pork chop
  • Put on the grill and cook for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove from the grill once the pork chop has reached 140-145 degrees.
  • Let rest 10 minutes and then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pork Chop | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1845mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 789IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 12mg

 

 

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Delicious Creamy Ginger and Carrot Soup Recipe

Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and healthy Ginger and Carrot soup recipe, which is creamy, easy to make and so tasty! This post was sponsored by TFAL. All opinions are my own. I don’t know if I have ever seen a time where it was more important than now to strengthen our immune […]

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Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and healthy Ginger and Carrot soup recipe, which is creamy, easy to make and so tasty!

Carrot and Ginger Soup with parsley

This post was sponsored by TFAL. All opinions are my own.

I don’t know if I have ever seen a time where it was more important than now to strengthen our immune systems. While there are a lot of vitamins and supplements available to do that, my favorite way is by eating healthy food that can naturally provide the nutrients that our bodies need. 

Growing up in Mexico, my mom used to make us lots of soups. Some had seafood, some had vegetables, and some had other types of meat. One of my favorite types of soup, however, are creamy soups that are made with a base of tasty vegetables. Today, I am going to share a recipe for creamy ginger and carrot soup, which not only is good for you, but it also tastes great!

How Do You Make Creamy Ginger and Carrot Soup?

The first step to make this recipe is gather all of the ingredients that you will need. Specifically, you will need the following (see recipe for quantities):

  • Ginger Root
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potato
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Celery
  • Red Onion
  • Chicken Bone Broth
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Lemon pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Veggies for ginger and carrot soup

Sauteeing vegetables for ginger and carrot soup

You will start by sauteeing the ginger, onion, and garlic in olive oil for a couple of minutes. For this recipe, I used my new T-fal Platinum Collection cookware. I sauteed the vegetables and actually made the entire soup in one of the large pots and it worked really well. This particular collection also has metal-utensil safe non-stick coating, stainless steel handles and it is dishwasher safe! I also love the Thermo-Spot technology which indicates when the pan is perfectly preheated. This set has 14 pieces, so it is very complete and I use it when making so many of my recipes.

TFAL platinum collection

TFAL platinum collection

You can find out more about this set and purchase it by clicking here

After you sautee the first three ingredients for a couple of minutes, you will add all of the remaining ingredients except for the chicken bone broth and sautee them for about 5-7 minutes. 

Next, blend all of the sauteed ingredients together in a blender and empty it back into the pot where you sauteed everything. At this point you will add the chicken bone broth to the pot and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. Depending on the desired consistency, you can add more chicken bone broth.

adding broth to the soup

At this point, add salt to taste and it is ready to serve!

ginger and carrot soup

What are some health benefits of this soup?

I mentioned above that this soup is healthy and can help strengthen your immune system, so you may be wondering how.

This soup includes ginger, which has lots of health benefits, including the fact that it can help lower the risk of infections because of the amount of gingerol that it contains. 

In addition, this soup includes chicken bone broth. Chicken bone broth is associated with collagen and has many benefits such as being good for bone and joint health and possibly supporting immune function! I have replaced regular chicken and beef broth with bone broth and I have noticed a big difference. 

As you can see, there are other vegetables and herbs that are good for you as well. I am sure that you are going to love this recipe, so give it a try and let me know in the comments what your favorite immune-building recipes are.

Carrot and Ginger Soup with parsley
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsps Ginger Root Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Potato Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Celery Stalks Diced
  • 1 1/2 Cup Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt To Taste

Instructions

  • Start by sauteeing the ginger, onion, and garlic for three minutes in the olive oil.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the chicken bone broth and sautee for about 5-7 minutes
  • Blend the sauteed ingredients in a blender until smooth and return to the pot
  • Add the chicken bone broth and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for about 5 minutes. Add additional broth to thin out if necessary.
  • Add salt to taste.

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Authentic Barbacoa de Borrego Recipe (Lamb Barbacoa)

Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and authentic barbacoa de borrego recipe which is a popular Mexican dish for holiday celebrations and more.  This post was sponsored by The Spice Hunter. All opinions are my own.  Growing up on my grandparents’ farm in Mexico meant that we had a lot of fresh meat all the […]

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Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and authentic barbacoa de borrego recipe which is a popular Mexican dish for holiday celebrations and more. 

Barbacoa de borrego on a table with garnish

This post was sponsored by The Spice Hunter. All opinions are my own. 

Growing up on my grandparents’ farm in Mexico meant that we had a lot of fresh meat all the time. We had pigs, cows, chickens, and of course lamb. This, combined with my grandma’s cooking skills, made for some amazing meals. One of those meals that was always a favorite of mine is barbacoa – made with lamb or with beef. 

I previously shared my recipe for beef barbacoa, and it is very popular! Today, however, I am excited to share this recipe for lamb barbacoa, or barbacoa de borrego in Spanish. 

What is Barbacoa de Borrego?

Barbacoa de Borrego is an authentic Mexican dish that is made from lamb meat, combined with delicious herbs and spices. It is traditionally cooked slowly until it is very tender and can be shredded easily. 

In Mexico, my grandma and grandpa would cook barbacoa de borrego in an underground fire pit, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over a period of many hours. This made for a delicious taste, although it was definitely a lot of work too! At that time, it was the best way to make it because there weren’t all of the great cooking tools that we enjoy today. 

For my version today, I am going to show you how to make it using an electric pressure cooker. You can also make this over the stove using the same spices and ingredients, but using the pressure cooker makes it go faster and doesn’t sacrifice flavor. 

How do you make Barbacoa de Borrego?

Aside from using lamb instead of beef, the method of preparation for lamb barbacoa is different from that of beef barbacoa. Beef barbacoa ends up with a delicious red sauce from the cooking process, while lamb barbacoa is “blanco” meaning that the broth isn’t red. 

barbacoa de borrego ready to be cooked in the pressure cooker

Barbacoa de borrego gets much of its great flavor from the herbs and spices that it is cooked with. Those herbs and spices include some of the following (see recipe for full ingredient list and instructions):

  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaves

For this recipe, I used multiple products from The Spice Hunter, including The Spice Hunter Smoked Paprika, Oregano, Rosemary, and Mexican Seasoning. These products are high quality and add bold flavors to any recipe.

The Spice Hunter spices on a wooden plank

The Spice Hunter offers over 150 varieties and sizes of spices, seasonings, extracts, and mixes and all of the jar spices are non-GMO project verified. 

What I love about The Spice Hunter is that they offer a wide range of unique spice blends that draw inspiration from the latest culinary trends and they also offer many specialty products to suit their customers’ desire for organic, gluten-free, salt-free, kosher and vegetarian products.

You can find out more about The Spice Hunter, including where you can buy their products by clicking here. Also, follow The Spice Hunter (@thespicehunter) on social media for additional recipe inspiration!

All of these seasonings are combined with the rest of the ingredients shown in the recipe below, and added to the pot with the lamb. Then you will cook it according to the electric pressure cooker’s instructions. I cooked it on high pressure for about one and a half hours and it turned out great.

barbacoa de borrego post cook

I always use the natural pressure release method as I feel it gives better and more tender results. 

Once it is finished, you remove it and shred it and then it can be served as tacos or as a standalone dish with the caldo. 

Barbacoa de Borrego without caldo

When is Lamb Barbacoa served?

This recipe is most often made and served for celebrations such as birthdays, quinceneras, Christmas, and New Year, but honestly it can be made anytime you want to have a tasty meal to serve a lot of people. 

If there are any leftovers, you can use the meat in sandwiches, burritos, tacos, and more. You can also freeze it and defrost it later when you are ready to serve it again. 

Let me know in the comments below how this turned out for you. 

Check out these others great authentic Mexican recipes

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Authentic Lamb Barbacoa (Barbacoa de Borrego)

Learn how to make this delicious and authentic barbacoa de borrego recipe which is a popular Mexican dish for holiday celebrations and more. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword barbacoa, borrego
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 452kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Lbs Lamb Meat
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Mexican Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbsp The Spice Hunter Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Can beer optional (replace with 1 cup of water or chicken stock if desired)
  • 1/2 Tsp White Pepper
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients except the lamb and the 1 1/2 cup of water in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Add the lamb and make sure it is completely covered in the marinade
  • Cover and let marinate over night or for at least 2 - 4 hours.
  • Add the meat with the marinade to your pressure cooker pot and add a cup and a half of water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 and 1/2 hours and release the pressure (natural release is preferred).
  • Shred the meat and then strain the liquid, which can be used as a broth to serve with the meat if desired.
  • The meat can be served on tacos, empanadas, soup, or by itself.

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 1368mg | Potassium: 961mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 7mg

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How to Smoke a Pizza on a Wood Pellet Grill + Pizza Dough Recipe

Inside: If you ever wanted to try cooking a pizza on a wood pellet grill, you will want to keep reading! Plus, a bonus recipe for a great pizza dough that works in the oven or on your smoker.  This post was sponsored by Home Depot. All opinions are my own.  One of our favorite […]

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Inside: If you ever wanted to try cooking a pizza on a wood pellet grill, you will want to keep reading! Plus, a bonus recipe for a great pizza dough that works in the oven or on your smoker. 

This post was sponsored by Home Depot. All opinions are my own. 

One of our favorite cooking “tools” is definitely our Traeger wood pellet grills. Our most recent addition to the collection is our Traeger Timberline 1300, which has a ton of space and the most up-to-date features from Traeger. 

We have used it to cook so many things, but one of our favorites is pizza! We love to make pizza for holiday gatherings since everyone loves it, and it is so versatile. You can make many different flavors and even incorporate Thanksgiving leftovers like smoked turkey!

me holding a smoked pizza by a traeger timeberline 1300

The Timberline 1300, which you can buy at the Home Depot, makes it easy. Using the WiFIRE feature, you can set and adjust the temperature straight from the intuitive app. It will even tell you how many pellets you have left and you can easily set a timer as well. 

It is still a perfect time to buy a Traeger grill online since right now the Home Depot offers free delivery on all grills purchased online and free delivery and assembly of any grills purchased in-store over $399. We also buy our pellets from the Home Depot – the Timberline 1300 has a pellet sensor in the hopper so that you can tell straight from the app how many pellets you have left so you never run out while cooking. 

One other thing I love about this grill is that it comes with a cool magnetic cutting board that goes on top of the pellet hopper, so you can cut into the meat to check it out without going back in the house!

Overall, this is my favorite grill by far. Everything I have made so far has come out very good and we get compliments all the time about the grill. 

Whether you are making pizza, turkey, brisket, ribs, cherry cobbler, and more, you can easily do it with the Timberline 1300. Pick one up in-store or online this holiday season at Home Depot – you won’t regret it!

How do you cook pizza on a Traeger?

Using your Traeger to make a pizza is similar to an oven, in that you will preheat it and put the pizza inside. That said, the flavors that you can get from cooking the pizza on a smoker are amazing. The steps are pretty simple, but make a big difference.

Cooking pizza dough on traeger

  1. Prepare your pizza dough (see recipe below)
  2. Preheat your Traeger to 450 degrees fahrenheit
  3. Spread out the prepared pizza dough on a pizza stone or another heavy duty pizza pan
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, and remove from the smoker
  5. Add the sauce, toppings, and cheese and return to the smoker for 15-20 additional minutes
  6. Remove from the smoker and enjoy. 

adding sauce to smoked pizza dough

adding garlic butter to pizza dough

Pizza ready to remove

What are the best toppings for a smoked pizza?

This really depends on your personal tastes. I love to add ingredients that were previously cooked on the wood pellet grill. For example, if I make smoked pork or brisket one day, I will chop up the leftovers and add them as one of the ingredients on the pizza the next day. 

Some other great options are smoked chicken, smoked ribs, smoked turkey, and smoked sausage (which is what I included on the one we made for these pictures). 

Of course, you can always go with standard cheese, pepperoni, veggies, and more depending on what you like the most. 

What dough should you use when cooking a pizza on a smoker?

There are so many different recipes out there for pizza dough. Personally, I love seasoning my dough by adding some herbs and spices like basil, oregano, and garlic. This gives the final product a delicious taste that is hard to resist. 

One of the key steps for this dough recipe is using and activating the yeast. I always add the live yeast to a large bowl or cup with warm milk, and a little bit of sugar and flour until it starts to froth and rise. Then I add it to the dough with the other ingredients. Following this method will result in a dough that rises well and has a great texture when cooked. 

live yeast rising

Smoked Pizza dough before it rises

Smoked pizza dough after it rises

I also like to melt butter with some garlic powder and fresh herbs, which I brush on to the crust right after it is done cooking. 

This pizza dough recipe is always a hit and results in perfect pizza every time. 

Pizza may not be what you think of as a traditional holiday meal, but when you get together with friends and family, it is a great option – especially when you are making something different from normal carry-out or delivery. 

me and my son taking pizza off of the traeger

Let me know in the comments below how this turns out and what your favorite toppings are for pizza.

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Pizza Dough Recipe

This pizza dough recipe is easy to make and tastes amazing. You can use it in th oven or on a wood pellet smoker from Traeger.
Course Main Course, Pizza
Cuisine American
Keyword Pizza dough, smoked pizza
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rising Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 1 14 inch pizza
Calories 1679kcal

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 2 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
  • Yeast prepared as described below
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Warm Water

For the Yeast

  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Warm Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Active Yeast I use the kind that you keep refrigerated

Instructions

  • Prepare the yeast by stirring together all of the ingredients for the yeast shown above. Set aside and let rise for 10-20 minutes.
  • Combine 1 cup of the flour and all of hte remaining dry ingredients for the pizza dough and mix well.
  • Add the olive oil, warm water, and yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or in a stand mixure until well combined. This mixture should be quite sticky.
  • Add additional flour until you can form a ball of dough thtat is soft, but no longer sticky.
  • Form the ball of dough and add it to a large bowl that was previously coated in olive oil.
  • Cover and let rise for 30-60 minutes (it should double in size)
  • Roll out the dough into a 12-16 inch circle (depending on the size of the pizza stone you are using) and cook on your smoker or in your oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven or smoker and add the sauce and toppings and then cook for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Nutrition

Serving: 114 inch pizza dough | Calories: 1679kcal | Carbohydrates: 287g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1265mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1282IU | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 17mg

Smoked Pizza freshly cooked

 

 

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How to Make Authentic Pico De Gallo

Inside: Learn the authentic way of making Pico de Gallo, which goes great with so many Mexican dishes, including tamales.  This post was sponsored by Del Real Foods All opinions are my own.  Tamales and Pico de gallo are both staples of Mexican cuisine. Today I am going to show you the authentic way to make […]

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Inside: Learn the authentic way of making Pico de Gallo, which goes great with so many Mexican dishes, including tamales. 

Pico de gallo in a brown bowl on a table with chips next to them

This post was sponsored by Del Real Foods All opinions are my own. 

Tamales and Pico de gallo are both staples of Mexican cuisine. Today I am going to show you the authentic way to make pico de gallo and how you can use it to top some delicious Del Real Foods Cheese and Green Chili Tamales. Although I like to make my own tamales, sometimes they can take a lot of time and effort. If you don’t want to make your own pico de gallo or salsa, you can buy Del Real salsa at your local retailer!

Del Real Tamales in packaging

A few weeks ago my oldest son turned 10 and we had a taco bar outside with some family and friends. To go with the tacos, I served the Del Real tamales too and they were a hit! They are easy to heat up and serve at any gathering.

Tamales at a party outside on a table 

Tamales at a taco bar on a table outside

When I don’t have time for that, I am glad that I have Del Real tamales on hand which only take a couple of minutes to be ready! Del Real Foods tamales are made with sustainable wraps instead of corn husks. 

 

What are Del Real’s Sustainable Wraps?

The sustainable wraps deliver the same great flavor as traditional wraps, but they avoid sanitary risks and promote sustainability. By using these wraps, Del Real Foods actually is able to conserve more than 10,000 gallons of water per week at their facilities! 

The sustainable wraps are made of wood pulp, so it is similar to parchment paper although it is stronger. This makes it perfect to help seal in flavor and moisture which is vital for tamales. It is also important to note that these sustainable wraps do not include any chemicals or recycled content. They are also biodegradable, so that is a plus as well. 

These new wraps do not affect the flavor or how you prepare these. You can still microwave, steam, or oven-prep these tamales as shown on the instructions. 

Del Real Foods Tamales come in 5 different varieties:

  1. Pork in Red Sauce
  2. Chicken in Red Sauce
  3. Chicken in Green Sauce
  4. Cheese & Green Chili
  5. Beef in Red Sauce

You can find stores near you that sell Del Real tamales by clicking here. They will be coming out with more flavors this year, so look out for that!

What is Pico de Gallo?

Pico de gallo literally means “rooster beak”, which may not sound appetizing, but I promise it is delicious! It is made of diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, mixed together with salt and lime juice.

Pico de gallo in a brown bowl on a table with chips next to them

It is a simple recipe, but it adds so much to other meals, including flautas, eggs, tamales and more! It is perfect if you want to add a touch of freshness to any dish and it is healthy and delicious as well.  

The traditional version also has diced jalapenos, which I love. However, if you aren’t a fan of spicy food, you can omit it. 

Some people like to add it to their guacamole as well, which gives it an extra flavor that is hard to beat. 

How do you make Pico de Gallo?

Pico de gallo is one of the most simple recipes that you can make. To start, you will want to dice the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos if you are using them. Next, combine those ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 

tomato, onion, jalapenos, cebolla and cilantro in a bowl

Pico de gallo in a bowl with a jalapeno next to it

The next step is to squeeze the juice from one lime into the bowl and mix together. Finally, add salt to taste before serving alongside your favorite Mexican dishes. 

This is one of my favorite recipes, simply because it is so easy and yet adds so much flavor. I love other salsas as well, but a lot of them can take longer to make, so pico de gallo is a great alternative.

Pico de gallo in a brown bowl on a table with chips next to them

It uses fresh ingredients as well, so you can feel good eating it and sharing it with you family. 

I would love to know in the comments below how it turned out for you – let me know!

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Pico de gallo in a brown bowl on a table with chips next to them
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Authentic Pico De Gallo Recipe

Learn the authentic way of making Pico de Gallo, which goes great with so many Mexican dishes, including tamales.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Pico de gallo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 17kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Bunch of Cilantro
  • 1/2 Jalapeno
  • 1 Lime
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Dice the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno and place in a medium sized bowl
  • Add the juice from one lime and mix together
  • Add salt to taste a little bit at a time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Person | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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Authentic Mexican Pozole Blanco Recipe

Inside: Find out how to make this delicious and popular Mexican recipe called Pozole Blanco. It is great to serve large crowds and is always a hit! This post was Sponsored by T-Fal. All opinions are my own.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am a fan of pozole. In […]

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Inside: Find out how to make this delicious and popular Mexican recipe called Pozole Blanco. It is great to serve large crowds and is always a hit!

Pozole blanco in a brown bowl with hot salsa and tostadas

This post was Sponsored by T-Fal. All opinions are my own. 

If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am a fan of pozole. In fact, I already have two different varieties on this website, including Pozole Rojo and Pozole Verde. I love these recipes because they remind me of Mexico and because they are so delicious! They are especially perfect for cold winter days here in Colorado when I need something to warm me up. I also choose pozole when I am entertaining for small groups here at home, since it is easy to make and serves many. 

Today, I am going to share a third variety of pozole, called Pozole Blanco. The main difference between this version of Pozole is that it does not have red or green chiles to give it the color that the other ones do. That said, it is usually served with a spicy salsa on the side, so you can still get that flavor if you want it. 

How Do You Make Pozole Blanco?

Some of the ingredients you need for Pozole Blanco are:

  • Chicken
  • Hominy
  • Chicken Broth

This recipe is actually pretty easy to make. You will always start by adding the chicken, fresh herbs, garlic, and onion together in a large pot and letting them cook together. You will add the hominy next after removing the large herbs, garlic and onion from the broth.  After the pozole is done cooking, you can add some garnishments, such as raddish, lettuce, onion, tortilla chips, cilantro and lime. 

Pozole blanco close up shot with garnishes

Traditionally, pozole blanco is served also with a very spicy chile de arbol salsa. Warning – this is very spicy, so you can omit it if you prefer or use a more mild salsa. For those of you brave enough to try it, the recipe is below. 

When I made it this week, I used a couple of favorite new kitchen items – one of the pots and one of the frying pans from my T-Fal Easy Care Cookware Set. This is a 20 piece set that has everything you need. I love this set because the quality non-stick interior makes cooking and clean-up quick and easy. I usually handwash my cookware because I prefer to, but these are dishwasher safe so when you are in a hurry to clean up you don’t have to worry about that!

TFAL Easy Care Cookware set

This is important when I am entertaining, since I would rather spend time with my friends and family than cleaning up. I also love that all T-fail non-stick cookware is 100% toxin free, which gives me peace of mind when I make food for my friends and family. 

You can buy T-fal Easy Care products in-store or online at Walmart. 

Spice Bag Trick

As you can see above, this recipe includes a lot of fresh herbs, spices, and other ingredients that are better off removed at the end of the cooking process. In order to avoid picking each piece out, I like to use a spice bag.

TFAL pot with spice bag for pozole blanco

The concept is simple, you add the larger spices and ingredients that don’t typically dissolve (i.e. bay leaves, onions, oregano, etc.) and just drop it in during the cooking process. Then, prior to serving you remove the bag. This helps to maintain the delicious flavor, but also makes sure your guests aren’t accidentally getting big bits of herbs and onions!

This worked really well for this recipe, so I definitely recommend it to save time and effort. 

This is definitely one of my favorite recipes to make and I hope that you enjoy it as well. Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out!

Pozole blanco on a table ready to eat

Pozole blanco in a brown bowl with hot salsa and tostadas
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Authentic Mexican Pozole Blanco

Find out how to make this delicious and popular Mexican recipe called Pozole Blanco. It is great to serve large crowds and is always a hit!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pozole, Pozole blanco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 Cups
Calories 170kcal

Ingredients

For the Pozole

  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 can Hominy 25 oz
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Marjoram
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tsp salt more or less to taste

For the Chile de Arbol Salsa

  • 4 chile de arbol
  • 1 Chile ancho
  • 1 Chile guajillo
  • 3 garlic
  • salt
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or other oil

Accompaniments

  • chopped radish
  • limes
  • Tortillas Strips
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Chopped Onions
  • Avocado

Instructions

For the Pozole

  • Bring the water to a boil in a large pot and add the salt.
  • Add the following ingredients either to a spice bag or directly to the water: rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, bay leaves, garlic, and onion. If using the spice bag, close it and add to the water.
  • Immediately add the chicken breasts and cook over medium high heat until the chicken breasts are cooked through. Remove the spice bag if using. If not using, remove the onion, garlic, bay leaves, and other herbs and dispose of them.
  • Remove the chicken, shred, and then add it back to the broth.
  • Add the hominy and bring to a boil for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with the the chile de arbol salsa (if desired) and the other accompaniments.

Chile de Arbol Salsa (Very spicy!)

  • Remove the stems from the chiles, and then saute all of the ingredients in a frying pan with the oil for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients (including remaining oil) to a blender and blend well. You can add a small amount of water or broth for a thinner consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1188IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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How to Make Cherry Cobbler on a Traeger

Inside: Keep reading to find out how to make a delicious and easy cherry cobbler on a Traeger Timberline 1300 grill. This post was sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.  It is no secret that we love eating delicious food cooked on Traeger grills at our house. Ever since we got […]

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Inside: Keep reading to find out how to make a delicious and easy cherry cobbler on a Traeger Timberline 1300 grill.

Smoked Cherry Cobbler with whipped cream on a wooden platter

This post was sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own. 

It is no secret that we love eating delicious food cooked on Traeger grills at our house. Ever since we got our first Traeger wood pellet grill a couple of years ago, we have enjoyed making everything from brisket, to nachos, pulled pork, to a whole turkey and more. One thing that we haven’t tried as often, however, is making dessert or other baked goods on the Traeger.

I had heard that it can be done, but we were so focused on the meat that we never really gave it a try. That changed last week when we decided to try out our brand new Traeger Timberline 1300 from Home Depot. We started out the night by making ribs, which you can find out how to make here. 

After the ribs were done, we decided to try our hand at making a delicious cherry cobbler and it was a hit!

About that Traeger Timberline 1300

Traeger Timberline 1300 grill outside on the patio

Before I get to the recipe, I want to mention how amazing the Traeger Timberline 1300 is. This grill is the third that we have from Traeger and we are not at all disappointed. Previously, we used a Texas Elite 34 and also a Pro 575. We still have both and they are good grills as well, but the Timberline 1300 has the perfect combination of size and sophistication that we were looking for. 

Traeger grill open showing all the space

Traeger Grill cutting board

We got this from The Home Depot, which is always our go-to store for grills and more. It is a perfect time to buy a Traeger grill online since right now the Home Depot offers free delivery on all grills purchased online and free delivery and assembly of any grills purchased in-store over $399. 

About the grill itself, it is just loaded with features! It is equipped with Traeger’s WiFIRE Technology and the all new D2 Drivetrain. We absolutely love the WiFIRE technology and the app is awesome as well. With this technology you can check on the temperature of the grill and change it, as well as check the temperature via the probe from your smartphone even if you are miles away.

Traeger Wifire technology up close

Timberline 1300 with pellets on the side

The app also lets you find recipes and set the grill exactly where you need it to make the recipe! 

If you are not familiar with a wood pellet grill, the basic concept is that you add real hardwood pellets into the grill’s hopper, which then heats the grill and creates an amazing smoky flavor. You can cook low and slow or high and hot depending on what you are making. 

 We always love to cook great food on our Traeger grills when we are making food for a large or small gathering. Pick one up at Home Depot today or buy online. 

How do you make Cherry Cobbler on a Wood Pellet Grill?

I was a little bit intimidated about baking on the grill for the first time, since I am not always the best baker inside. However, this turned out great and it was so easy to do!

I recommend you start by preheating your Traeger to 350 degrees fahrenheit while you prepare the cobbler. After it is started, gather the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Can of Cherry Pie Filling
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Orange Zest
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coarse Sugar

You will make the topping by combining the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and then cutting the cold butter into it until it has a sandy texture. 

cherry cobbler crumble in a metal bowl

Next, you add in the sour cream and mix, being careful not to overmix. 

Cherry Pie filling in a white dish

For the filling, I bought a can of cherry pie filling from the store and then added lime juice, lime zest, orange zest, and vanilla extract + a tablespoon of sugar for good measure. 

Finally, add the filling to the bottom of an ovensafe dish and top with the topping (finishing it off with coarse sugar on top). 

Adding the crumble to the cherry cobbler before baking it

Cherry Cobbler in a white dish before cooking

At this point, you will just put it on the grill and let it cook for 30-45 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the filling starts to bubble to the surface. 

Cherry Cobbler on the traeger grill cooking

Watch some of the process here below!

This goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream or just with whipped cream. You won’t get an overwhelming smoky flavor, which in my opinion is good for a dessert like this. That said, it definitely has an un-mistakeable flavor of being cooked on a wood pellet grill and everyone will love it!

cherry cobbler with whipped cream on the table

Check out these other great recipes you can make on a smoker

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Smoked Cherry Cobbler

Keep reading to find out how to make a delicious and easy cherry cobbler on a Traeger Timberline 1300 grill. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Cobbler, dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 People
Calories 575kcal

Ingredients

For the Topping

  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter Cold
  • 1/4 Cup Coarse Sugar For putting on top

For the Filling

  • 1 Can Cherry Pie Filling 20 Oz
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • Lime Zest 1 Lime
  • Orange Zest 1 Orange
  • 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar

Instructions

For the Topping

  • Combine the Flour, Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon, and Baking Powder and then cut the cold butter into the mix in a medium sized bowl until it has a sandy texture and consistency.
  • Add the sour cream and mix, being careful not to overmix.

For the Filling

  • Add all of the filling ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined.

For the Cobbler

  • Preheat smoker to 350 Fahrenheit
  • Add the filling to a round (8 inch) baking dish. Top with the topping and then sprinkle the sugar over the top.
  • Cook for 30-45 minutes or until the topping is browned and the cherry filling starts to bubble to the top.
  • Serve immediately with whipped cream or ice cream. This can be served cool as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Person | Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg

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Authentic Mexican Pan de Muerto Recipe

Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and authentic “pan de muerto” recipe so that you can celebrate the day of the dead this year with your family and friends.  Para Espanol, Haz Click Aqui.  What is “Pan de Muerto”? Pan de muerto is a homemade bread that is very popular in Mexico. It is […]

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Inside: Learn how to make this delicious and authentic “pan de muerto” recipe so that you can celebrate the day of the dead this year with your family and friends. 

Pan de muertos on top of a dia de los muertos placemat

Para Espanol, Haz Click Aqui

What is “Pan de Muerto”?

Pan de muerto is a homemade bread that is very popular in Mexico. It is traditionally made in October and November to celebrate the festivities related to the day of the dead (or dia de los muertos in Spanish). 

You can decorate it and make it in different ways, but it should always have a base flavor of orange, which gives it a great taste! 

What is the Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead is celebrated each year on the first and second of November and the tradition is that our family members who have passed on are permitted to visit their family members who are still living. 

If you are familiar with the Disney movie “Coco“, you probably know what I am talking about since it does a great job of explaining the tradition. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend it so you can understand this cherished tradition. It is definitely one of my favorite movies!

The Day of the Dead is so special to me, because it gives me the opportunity to remember loved ones who have departed. As I have shared many times, many of the recipes that I share on this site are as a homage to my abuelita (grandmother) who I grew up calling “mama” out of love and respect. She was the person who taught me everything about cooking and not a day goes by that I do not think about her. 

Each year on the Day of the Dead, I put her picture on our altar, along with my other ancestors, and I remember and share the memories that I have of all of them. Besides adding pictures to the altar, I also make some of their favorite foods and add them to the altar. For my abuelita, her favorites were always tamales and coffee. On those days, I love to sit and talk to them and I can always feel them close by.  

day of the dead altar with pictures and food

It is important to me that my children learn about my culture, including the Day of the Dead. To make that day even more fun, I always invite them to help me make this delicious pan de muerto. It has a delicious orange flavor and a great texture. After making the pan de muerto, we always watch “Coco”, invite family over and eat some authentic Mexican food. 

At the end of the night, we sit down in front of the altar and share stories about the people whose pictures we placed on the altar so that the new generation of family members can learn about them and remember them. 

Pan de muerto dough before being cooked

dough before cooking it

Pan de muerto on a dia de los muertos tablemat

One of my most treasured memories from growing up is of the morning of the Day of the Dead. I remember that my abuelita always woke us up early to go and tidy up the headstones and take flowers to the cemetery. The cemeteries were always full of people on those days of people who were going to visit their ancestors as well and leaving them their favorite objects and food.

While the adults would clean up, all of the kids would play in the surrounding area and it was always like a big party. After a little while, my abuelita always called us over to eat the extra food that she had prepared. This was important, because the tradition said that you couldn’t take anything from the tombs of the dead. If you did, you would be cursed and they wouldn’t be able to visit you anymore. 

We always would sit underneath a big tree and listen to my abuelita as she shared stories about her mom and dad who had passed away when she was still very young. Through those stories, I was able to feel like I knew them personally and that I knew who they were. That is one of the reasons that the Day of the Dead is so important to me – because I want my kids to get to know their ancestors through the stories that I can share about them. 

After returning home from the cemetery, the rest of the day was a big party. We would light candles to show the way, we added more food to the altars, and we made pan de muerto with hot chocolate.

Pan de muertos represents the tomb, and the designs on top represent bones. It is so delicious and such a special way to celebrate and remember our loved ones who have passed on.

How do you celebrate the Day of the Dead?

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Pan de muerto with sugar on top and day of the dead decorations
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Authentic Pan de Muerto Recipe

Learn how to make this delicious and authentic "pan de muerto" recipe so that you can celebrate the day of the dead this year with your family and friends. 
Course bread, Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pan de muerto
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 20 Pieces of Bread
Calories 267kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Bread Flour
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Milk Lukewarm
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1.5 Sticks Butter
  • 3 Eggs Room Temperature
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Blossom Water Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter For coating bread after it bakes.
  • 1 Cup White Sugar For coating bread after it bakes.

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the milk, the yeast, 2 tablespoons of flour, and 1 tablespoon of sugar and then cover it and let it rest in a warm place for about 10 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients, including the orange zest. Then add the butter and the eggs (one by one) as you mix it all together with a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Add the vanilla, orange juice, and orange blossom water (if using).
  • At this point, add the mixture that you set aside, which should be activated and ready to use.
  • Continue mixing until a slightly elastic dough is formed. It should not be very sticky. This can take up to 20 minutes depending on the temperature where you live.
  • Place the dough in a pre-greased bowl and cover with a paper towel or slightly damp towel. Make sure to roll the dough around so that it has some of the oil on all sides so it doesn't dry out as it rises. Let rise for one hour in a warm place.
    Pan de muerto dough before being cooked
  • After the dough has doubled in size, cut it into 4 equal-sized pieces. Take three of them, and form three smooth balls of equal size and place them on a pre-greased baking sheet. Cut the last piece into three equal pieces, forming the "bones" that you will then add on top of each piece of bread. See image.
    Pan de muerto dough before cooking it
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C) and bake for 45 minutes, or until the bread is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter before rolling and coating each piece with white sugar.
    pan de muerto para dia de los muertos
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Piece of Bread | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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