Sunday, March 09, 2008

Cafe Rio Deliciousness

I got my hands on some Cafe Rio recipes this week, and decided to try them tonite with some friends. They turned out pretty good, if I may say so myself. I even got aluminum pie plates to eat them in and had green enchilada sauce so you could make it "enchilada style". And I didn't even charge everyone 79 cents for it. The salad dressing is so good. I made a burrito, but now I wish I'd tried the salad. We have buckets of leftovers, so I tomorrow I may just have to try it. All we needed was a flick at Movies 8 and a trip to Coldstone and we would have been back in Provo.

Anyway, for your eating pleasure, I present to you Cafe Rio:

Café Rio Lime Cilantro Rice

1 cup White Rice
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 Tb Lime Juice
½ Tb Garlic Powder
1 Tb Minced Dry Onion
Pinch of Salt

Cook the above ingredients according to the rice’s packing instructions (substituting the water with broth). When rice is done, add ¼ – ½ cup fresh cilantro, 1 TBL lime juice, and ½ can green enchilada sauce.

Café Rio Pork Barbacoa

2 ½ - 3 ½ lbs Pork Loin Roast
½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
½ tsp Dried Oregano
½ tsp Powdered Ginger
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Dry Chile Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tb Dried Minced Onion

Cook all of the ingredients in a Crock Pot approx. 4 hours on high. When done shred the pork. Then combine 1 can of Red Enchilada Sauce and ½ cup Dark Brown Sugar and pour on top.

Café Rio Tomatillo Dressing

3 fresh tomatillos, cut into quarters
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup buttermilk (or make w/dry buttermilk mix)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 pkg. dry Ranch Buttermilk Dressing Mix
1 cup fresh cilantro (abt. one bunch)
6 stalks (1/2 bunch) green onions, w/ends
2 cloves crushed garlic
4 tsp. sugar
5 cross section slices of 1 jalapeno pepper

Place the above ingredients in a blender. Combine well and refrigerate one hour.

Black Beans

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/3 cup tomato juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving stir in the cilantro.

I don't think the beans are from Cafe Rio, but they are still good. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Linda said...

I am so excited to try this one! Thanks for the recipe. Also, I checked, and Whitney's cookie recipe is not anywhere to be found. Why are you holding out? (I guess I could just ask Whitney...)

Also, I totally remember teeny little super guy. I loved him!