Elegant Home-Made Tortilla Chips

MAKE YOUR OWN ELEGANT TORTILLA CHIPS

Frying Tortilla Chips for an Elegant Home-Made Southwest Appetizer

Posted at 12:16 PM on November 27, 2009
MAKE YOUR OWN ELEGANT TORTILLA CHIPS

You don’t have to throw out your tortillas if they are past their prime. Make them into tortilla chips, which will be very popular with your family and guests, as they are pleasingly different from those bought in the store.Take a stack of tortillas and dust between the layers with salt, pressing it into them. Then, pushing down hard with a large knife twice at different angles, cut the stack into quarters. Lower a handful at-a-time of uncooked chips into bubbling hot oil. For this light and crispy batch, I used a combination of soy oil, which is now sold as “vegetable oil”, and lard. Peanut or corn oil are also good for deep-frying tortillas. When the chips themselves have developed bubbles and are slightly brown, it’s time to remove them from the pot with a runsible or slotted spoon. Drain them on paper towels, and dust with more salt if desired. The cooking oil may be strained, refrigerated and re-used for French fries, yams or potato chips. My recipe for Elegant Guacamole goes very well with these tortilla chips. So do sour cream or crème fraîche, and a mixture of sliced jalapeños with melted Cheddar cheese, baked on top of the chips for a few minutes in a hot oven.

©M-J de Mesterton 2009

Home-Made Tortilla Chips: an Elegant American Appetizer

M-J de Mesterton’s Elegant Guacamole Recipe is Available on ElegantCook.net

For green chile powder, which is a good substitute for chopped canned or frozen New Mexico green chiles, go North of the Border.

>Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

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M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

>Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

>

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

Green Chile Chicken Noodle Soup

 
M-J’s Original Recipe
Boil three cups of Country Pasta egg noodles (from Montana, available at Sam’s Club) in  ten cups of chicken broth diluted with water, or water to which some chicken bouillon concentrate has been added. I used two tablespoons of Tone’s brand chicken base (Tennessee and Iowa, USA), available at Sam’s. Mix one tablespoon of flour with three tablespoons of the broth, and stir it into the simmering soup as a thickener if desired. Add a half-cup (or more to your taste) of chopped green chiles either from Hatch of New Mexico or El Paso brand (Texas) in cans. Then, when the egg noodles or pasta strips are soft, in about thirty minutes, stir-in a half-cup of sour cream.

© M-J de Mesterton 2010

M-J’s Potage de Celeri

M-J de Mesterton’s Potage de Celeri (Cream of Celery Soup), Photos and Recipe Copyright 2007
M-J de Mesterton’s Original Recipe:
Low-Carbohydrate Cream of Celery Soup
Potage de Celeri
Wash thoroughly a whole head of celery, by cutting the bottom off and bathing the stalks in a sinkful of water. With French chef’s knife, chop finely. Include the celery leaves, which are packed with flavour. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Put the chopped celery in, and add a teaspooon of salt, one half-teaspoon of cumin, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Saute until bright green and almost soft. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour), which has seven grams of carbs. Saute for two more minutes, and then add one cup of cream and two cups of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Serves six. This soup is a good accompaniment to croques monsieurs for luncheon.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, February 2007


M-J’s Potage de Celeri

M-J de Mesterton’s Potage de Celeri (Cream of Celery Soup), Photos and Recipe Copyright 2007
M-J de Mesterton’s Original Recipe:
Low-Carbohydrate Cream of Celery Soup
Potage de Celeri
Wash thoroughly a whole head of celery, by cutting the bottom off and bathing the stalks in a sinkful of water. With French chef’s knife, chop finely. Include the celery leaves, which are packed with flavour. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Put the chopped celery in, and add a teaspooon of salt, one half-teaspoon of cumin, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Saute until bright green and almost soft. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour), which has seven grams of carbs. Saute for two more minutes, and then add one cup of cream and two cups of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Serves six. This soup is a good accompaniment to croques monsieurs for luncheon.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, February 2007


>M-J’s Potage de Celeri

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M-J de Mesterton’s Potage de Celeri (Cream of Celery Soup), Photos and Recipe Copyright 2007
M-J de Mesterton’s Original Recipe:
Low-Carbohydrate Cream of Celery Soup
Potage de Celeri
Wash thoroughly a whole head of celery, by cutting the bottom off and bathing the stalks in a sinkful of water. With French chef’s knife, chop finely. Include the celery leaves, which are packed with flavour. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Put the chopped celery in, and add a teaspooon of salt, one half-teaspoon of cumin, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Saute until bright green and almost soft. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour), which has seven grams of carbs. Saute for two more minutes, and then add one cup of cream and two cups of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Serves six. This soup is a good accompaniment to croques monsieurs for luncheon.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, February 2007


M-J’s Potage de Celeri

M-J de Mesterton’s Potage de Celeri (Cream of Celery Soup), Photos and Recipe Copyright 2007
M-J de Mesterton’s Original Recipe:
Low-Carbohydrate Cream of Celery Soup
Potage de Celeri
Wash thoroughly a whole head of celery, by cutting the bottom off and bathing the stalks in a sinkful of water. With French chef’s knife, chop finely. Include the celery leaves, which are packed with flavour. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Put the chopped celery in, and add a teaspooon of salt, one half-teaspoon of cumin, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Saute until bright green and almost soft. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour), which has seven grams of carbs. Saute for two more minutes, and then add one cup of cream and two cups of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Serves six. This soup is a good accompaniment to croques monsieurs for luncheon.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, February 2007


M-J’s Potage de Celeri

M-J de Mesterton’s Potage de Celeri (Cream of Celery Soup), Photos and Recipe Copyright 2007
M-J de Mesterton’s Original Recipe:
Low-Carbohydrate Cream of Celery Soup
Potage de Celeri
Wash thoroughly a whole head of celery, by cutting the bottom off and bathing the stalks in a sinkful of water. With French chef’s knife, chop finely. Include the celery leaves, which are packed with flavour. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter. Put the chopped celery in, and add a teaspooon of salt, one half-teaspoon of cumin, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Saute until bright green and almost soft. Stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour), which has seven grams of carbs. Saute for two more minutes, and then add one cup of cream and two cups of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Serves six. This soup is a good accompaniment to croques monsieurs for luncheon.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, February 2007


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