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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CINCO de MAYO

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday held on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Well, I'm pretty sure just about everyone in the whole world loves
NACHOS...
just about everyone in WEST TEXAS does, anyway..
We just put those tortilla chips on our plate....
and start heaping all the good things on...
beans..
cheese...
peppers.
avocados..
seasoned hamburger meat...
queso....
onions...
black olives..
tomatoes.
salsa....
and anything else that looks or sounds delicious.....
UMMMM, BABY !
In the United States, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to be known as simply "5 de Mayo" and unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810,
nearly a fifty year difference.

OUESADILLAS are one of my VERY FAVORITE MEXICAN FOODS....
They are so delicious with sour creme, avocado salad, even dipped in RANCH DRESSING...
Spread a little SALSA on them and you will be in
CINCO DE MAYO HEAVEN....
There's really no RECIPE for Quesadillas...
a large flour tortilla, grilled with butter,
spread grated CHEDDAR, MONTERREY, MEXICAN BLEND ...whatever
cheese you like the best...
We like the Sharp Cheddar and Mexican blend together...
you can add anything your heart desires at this point..chilies, hot sauce, anything..
We generally just use the cheese and then
DIP...DIP...DIP
*i am so hungry for one right this minute, i am
about to pitch a hissy fit !!

I'm not sure if these are a REAL Mexican food or if it's TEX-MEX..
but who cares !!!
NOW, I am here to tell you that I dearly love
SOPAPILLAS .....don't you?
GOOD GRIEF, THEY ARE GOOD...

MEXICAN SOPAPILLAS
2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. shortening
Oil for deep frying (the only bad part is that they are FRIED!!)
*
Sift dry ingredients together in bowl. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add 1/2 cup warm water gradually, stirring with fork. Dough will be crumbly. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Divide in half. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 3" squares. Fry, several at a time, in deep fat at 400 degrees for 30 seconds on each side. Yield: 40 sopapillas
I  have found that if you hold the dough beneath the hot oil, with a fork, for a few seconds,
they will puff even more....
*another version of this wonder food is below...;O)
THE MEXICAN HAT DANCE
is such fun to watch...
so jazzy and colorful...
The sombrero hat is absolutely synonymous with Mexico, where it originated. It is a curiously strange looking hat, looking like a cross between a UFO and the hand piece from an air hockey game, or a giant Chinese wok with a high mound in the middle. Sombreros come in many splendid straw woven designs with great coloring, also they have a chin string to hold the hat in place. They were designed so wide to provide a big shade from the very sunny climate of Mexico, the super wide hat is big enough to cast a shadow over the head, neck and shoulders of the wearer.
I made these last night, using store bought FLOUR TORTILLAS
..just cut in fourths, drop into hot oil... with a fork, hold the tortilla beneath the hot oil and it will PUFF. .....
While these don't puff as much as the homemade SOPAPILLAS, they DO puff
and they are SO good  with honey and butter, cinnamon sugar or just served plain....
I am linking with
FULL PLATE THURSDAY
TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY
OPEN HOUSE PARTY THURSDAY
FOODIE FRIDAY with GOLLUM
FOODIE FRIDAY with LITTLE BRICK RANCH
FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIDAY 
FRIDAY FAVORITES
SWEET TOOTH FRIDAY


HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO......
xo bj

35 comments:

Julie Harward said...

We will be celebrating with all this delish food this weekend with our kids..love it! ;D

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Woo Hoo! Now this is party food! I'd love a big ole plate of nachos right now! Have a great Cinco de Mayo BJ-enjoy:@)

Vee said...

Wahoo! Sopapillas and a recipe. I haven't had these since my Tulsa days and I am seriously considering whipping up a batch tomorrow morning. Thanks so much!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Mexican or TEX-Mex food! Sopapllias...yum!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so hungry for Mexican food and I haven't made Sopapillas in a long time! Your food always looks so much better than mine! Hugs! ♥

salmagundi said...

Colorado Mexican food is very similiar to Tex-Mex, and I make all of the things you mentioned. I just got back from 5 days in New Mexico where I had N. Mexican food everyday, and I still haven't had my fill. Here's to the wonderful taste of all Mexican food!! Sally

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi BJ...

Ohhh my goodness...you have gone and made me hungry, Girlfriend! Mmmm...everything looks sooo scrumptious! Hehe...I would call those nachos..."Supreme Nachos"! I think I need some! Actually I'm fixing tacos tonight so at least I'm getting a little Mexican food!

You know, I was so surprised to find out that my honey's work actually puts on a big spread for Cinco de Mayo...especially since we live in Colorado! He'll be getting a good dose of Mexican dishes tomorrow!

Well my dear, Texas friend...I just wanted to stop by to say hello and see how you were doing. Since I have been on a little blogging break I am hoping to catch up with everyone! I sure do hope that my note is finding you and your sweet family all doing well! Have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Mmmm...eat an extra soapilla with some butter and honey on it...for me!

Love ya,
Chari

Jeannie said...

Ahh! nachoes are simply the best eaten with cheese dips and salsa or just plain munching while watching a favorite tv programme:D bliss!

laurie said...

Oh yumm, Cinco de Mayo is something I'm not very familiar with,, (I'm from Northern Ontario Canada) and this is a wonderful holiday food yum yum,,what great photos ,, thanks for sharing this,,

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a wonderful Cinco de Mayo menu! Thanks for including the sopapillas....I love them :D I will try to make them. What kind of honey do you like with them?

Tracy said...

Ahhhh, I love quesidillas...and yes, i'm well aware that word is NOT spelled correctly but hey, it's late, I'm tired and it's bedtime :)
hugs...

Patti said...

My mouth waters whenever I visit your site...I want to move in with you and "eat myself silly"...i Plan to tackle the lids this weekend..I'll keep you updated!

laurie said...

thankyou for your kind words but you know anyone can paint its your own impression of things ,, just paint what you see or just what you feel.I wish I could cook like you,,

A Few Pennies said...

Wow--you are one great cook--I love Mexican food and the spicy/hot/stuff is my all time fave; I swear I could eat like this four (maybe five) times a week! Thanks for sharing. Patty

Shug said...

My kind of food, any day of the year!
There is just something about the wonderful spices in Mexican food that warms the heart...
sweet Blessings..
Shug

Ginny said...

These pictures are making me so hungry!!! And I love that picture of the dancer with her skirt waving around, did you take that? So pretty!!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Such yummy lookin' food, BJ! I could go for a midnight snack right about now. ;)

Thanks for linking to the party this week.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

xinex said...

Uuuhmmm, I want me some quesidillas right now. I like the way you celebrate, BJ. You are such a good cook...Christine

Theresa said...

YUMMY, even at 7:30 in the morning! Looking delicious and YEP, we love these Mexican dishes! Hmmmm, wonder what I will cook for dinner? Si:) Mexican! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Emily said...

I know what's on my menu this weekend. All of the above. We love tex-mex, Mexican. Nachos, what a treat. Thanks BJ for sharing delicious food menus and recipes, and loved the photo celebrations.
Hope your day is great!

~Emily
The French Hutch

Kathy said...

Wow BJ, these are amazing recipes! Yum, Yum, Yum - love Mexican!
Ole'
Kathy

Marlis said...

Celebrating myself.. thanks for all the recipes.. if the wind and dust would quit out here, the party would be on the patio! another day like Tuesday would be appreciated.

dana said...

What a great post, BJ!!! You made me drool..and I just had breakfast!!! I love all of the food you featured. I've only had "real" sopapillas once...made by a dear friend from Mexico. They were fabulous!

I plan on whipping up a taco salad tonight.....and enjoying a Corona!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

L, Dana

Jeannies Bottle said...

Wow! Now I want nachos and guacemole for lunch!!! Ole!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

We are all lovers of Mexican food in our family and in our town. There are many Mexican restaurants in town. Some, of course, better than others. My favorite dish is Chicken Chimichonga, may not be right spelling. We will be having something Mexican tonight.
QMM

Rita said...

We don't hear too much about CINCO de MAYO around this corner,but the mexican food you have just mentionned are our favoutites.Will be adding natchos to my grocery list. Love your description of this holiday; good job.
Rita

CHERI said...

The food looks so delicious...I like Mexican food, as long as it's not spicy!!! Enjoy!

Donnie said...

Now you know I have to have me some Mexican food....lol.....I made taco salads the other night with leftover chili and it was sooooo good. I'd love to try your recipes.

Miz Helen said...

Hi BJ,
Oh my goodness, this makes me wanta go home. I got my Cinco de Mayo training wheels in West Texas, and there is no other place in the world for a better party. I just always love coming to your house, its just like coming home to me. The party looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

Gypsy Heart said...

Well, I used to live in Amarillo so I've had my West Texas indoctrination! My word, all this food looks delish...and I LOVE mexican food. Lots of celebrating going on around here too. :-)

Hope you have fun whatever you decide to do!
xo
Pat

Jenn said...

I didn't know you could do that with tortillas!! I mean, the puffy fried wedges. I love all of those things, Yum. They look delicious! (I'm working Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday) but I needed to come by here anyway and say hey. HEY! Thanks, Jenn

Kathleen said...

We don't celebrate here. I make Irish taco, no beans or spice, my tummy can't take it!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Fiesta!
I was born in Del Rio Texas... so I think that makes me 1/2 mexican. I love Cinco de Mayo~ it's a friday's favorite for sure :-)

peggy gatto said...

Gracias!!!!!!!!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hola! Those Sopapillas look delicious! I'd never heard of them before. I copied the recipe, thank you for sharing!
Best,
Gloria