Thursday, May 6, 2010

Karra's Tostadas with Jalapeno-Lime Sauce

The Lord has been merciful to bring precious friends into our lives. When we first moved to this area 10 years ago we knew no one. I was in the middle of a difficult pregnancy, we were looking for a church home and we were trying to find our way around a totally new town when we met the G family. They were around our same age, ended up at the same church as us and had little ones the same ages as our own. Over the years we grew closer and closer, so much so that I really understood the verse from Proverbs:

"A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

There is just something about someone who understands what life with little ones is like, who challenges you to study the Bible more, who keeps you accountable and encourages you when you are down. This was what this family was like to us and we will never forget that time. In 2005 they were led by the Lord to move all the way across the country to North Carolina and we have missed them ever since, but are so grateful for that special time we had with them!

Which comes to my recipe.....they are the ones who first served these yummy tostadas to us. I don't know if she made them up or if someone passed the recipe onto her, but every time we have them, (which is often!) I think of the G's and what a blessing they were to us.

What makes this recipe so delish is the sauce. Anytime you combine olive oil, jalapenos, green onions, salt and lime it has got to be good.

First you slice up the jalapenos. One time I just chopped away with my bare hands and then a few minutes later wiped the hair out of my eyes and ZOWIE! That juice stays on your hands and burns through anything you touch so here is how I do it:


You could also use those hospital/kitchen gloves, but I don't stock those in my pantry so I use plastic sandwich baggies. I also don't use the jalapeno seeds in our sauce, but I am sure you could put them in if you wanted the heat.

You also chop up some green onions too. Here are all the goodies:

Squeeze the limes into a bowl. Then, slowly add the olive oil while whisking with a whisk or fork.


It will have a thicker and 'milkier' appearance. Then you add the chopped jalapeno and green onions, minced garlic and salt. I have to taste it at this point to see if it is too oily or too limey; it is up to you and what you like.


And that's the sauce. Now to assemble the tostadas: I have on hand my Easy Refried Beans warm on the stove, a saucepan of warm Spanish Rice, grated cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce and cubed avocado. You can also put out tons of other toppings; shredded chicken or beef, chopped tomatoes, olives....whatever. Our family however, has the way that we do it, which almost never varies, even down to the order of the toppings. This is what we do: first the beans go on, followed by a layer of rice.


Then the cheese, which gets nice and soft from the warm beans and rice. Then the lettuce, followed by the avocados balanced on top.


Now the best part, the sauce. Don't be bashful, pour the stuff on.



One word of warning: have plenty of napkins at the table. When you least expect it, you will find that lovely sauce dripping all the way down to your elbows. And we usually have at least one 'dumping' where the overloaded tostadas either flip in someones hand or break apart. Any way around it, this is a messy meal but so tasty!


The sauce is also a great salad dressing or can be poured over grilled chicken.....so many possibilities. The Tostada recipe is very versatile; you can take out the avocados if you are not a big fan, or add chicken or beef if you want a more hearty meal. Enjoy!


Karra's Tostadas with Jalapeno-Lime sauce



Ingredients:

1/4-1/2 c. lime juice
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 -1 1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. chopped green onions
1 jalapeno, chopped (you can only chop 1/2 of one if you don't want so much)
3-4 pinches of salt

Tostadas
refried beans
Spanish rice
chopped lettuce
grated cheddar cheese
1 avocado, chopped
Shredded chicken or beef, sour cream, olives, cilantro, chopped tomatoes.......


Squeeze limes into a bowl. Add olive oil slowly while whisking. Add remaining ingredients to sauce and whisk until fully combined. Assemble Tostadas as desired; giving the sauce a swirl with a fork before serving each person.


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe to this yummy sauce, Charlotte! And you know...every time we make it, we will think of you and how dear your family is to ours.:) Love you!

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  2. Oh I have wanted this recipe! Thanks, Charlotte!!

    Yum. This is such a fantastic recipe.

    Love,
    Kate

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  3. I know you posted this a long time ago, but Kate recently shared it with me. I fixed some for dinner last night, and my entire family loved it. Thank you, thank you for sharing this recipe. It's now one of my family's favorites.

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  4. Cristi, I am so glad you liked it! It is one of our favorites too. Blessings to you!

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