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Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Ingredients

1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 10 ounce can Rotel, drained
½ large red onion, diced & divided
1 2 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 tsp Tajín Clásico mexican spice blend
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp cumin
1 16 ounce bag tortilla chips
1 8 ounce package shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
lime slices
sliced jalapeños

Directions

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet with foil.
Combine the corn, beans, 1/2 of the onions, Rotel, olives, Tajín Clásico, pepper and cumin in a large bowl.

Place 1/2 of the chips in the skillet, top with 1/2 of the cheese and 1/2 of the corn mixture. Repeat with another layer of chips, corn mixture and cheese.

Campfire or Grilled Nachos

If you are heating over the campfire; tent with foil and grill until the cheese melts 8-10 minutes. Remove from the fire, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce.
If using the grill, heat over medium high heat and follow the rest of the directions. Serve immediately.

Baked Nachos

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with rack in the middle. Place the skillet in the oven, tent with foil and bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

One-Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

One-Pot Creamy Broccoli Pasta

Ingredients

12 oz spaghetti or linguinie
½ cup chopped red onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 cups bite sized pieces broccoli florets
2 cups vegetable broth
1 ¼ cups whole milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Kosher salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
Toppings
chopped fresh Italian parsley
sliced green onion

Directions

Heat the oil over medium heat in a 12 inch cast iron cast iron skillet.

Sauté the onion for 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Add the garlic. Cook 2 minutes. Mix in the lemon juice.

Add the broth, milk and broccoli. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta making sure it’s all submerged in the cooking liquid.

Cover the skillet and simmer the pasta for 8 minutes. Remove the lid, stir and continue to cook 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is done to your liking. Mix in the cheddar cheese in the last two minutes of cooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Top with parsley and green onion. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Skillet Green Bean Gratin

We love this One-Skillet Green Bean Gratin recipe, a delicious holiday side dish! Simple to prepare and only one pot to clean up makes this dish dreamy!

6-8 servings

2 pounds fresh green beans
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups half and half
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
1/4 cup bread crumbs or panko

Pre heat the oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Rinse the green beans, trim off the ends and cut the beans in 1/2.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the green beans about 12 minutes or until tender. Drain the beans.
In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Sauté the shallot and garlic about 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant.
Mix in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
Reduce the heat to low. Add in the half and half. Cook until mixture thickens. Add the cheese and mix until well blended and melted.
Add the green beans to cheese mixture. Combine well.
Flatten the top of the casserole with the back of a spoon or spatula.
Top with the parmesan and breadcrumbs.
Bake for 30 minutes. Continue to broil for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately in the skillet.

~ Marla Meridith