Sunday, September 4, 2011

A review

I don't know if you've ordered from Coop@Home before, but they have a freebie section.  I think it's great - little samples or packets of new items in the store, so I always click 'in basket' to all of them.

A few weeks ago, Old El Paso stuff was on sale (the only Mexican food products you can get at Coop. Migros has Pancho Villa), and they were offering a seasoning packet for 'Mexican Potatoes' and 'Crispy Chicken Fajitas'  Old El Paso is also 20% off right now, so I figured I'd give it a try.  I wouldn't say dinner was a success...but when you're expecting just didn't work out. Making your own is just so much better.  This would be good for lunch though. Maybe add it to a salad or still put it in a tortilla...but don't call it fajitas.

Here's what you need:
1 package OEP crispy chicken fajitas
1 package OEP Mexican potatoes
Sour cream (sauer rahm)
Beans - refried, black, or whatever you prefer
Bell pepper
Avocado (or guacamole - I used the Betty Bossi guacamole which tastes pretty much like mushed up avocado...will make proper guac. later)
Cheddar cheese - you can get the 'cheddar rot' at Jelmoli or Migros Brunaupark, the others are a sharp yellow)

The directions are on the packages and pretty easy. For the potatoes, you need 4 cut into french fry strips, some oil and a baking dish. Cook at 180C for 40 minutes.  This is where I had a bit of a problem...I wanted to make them for the same dinner but only have one oven. The chicken is supposed to be baked for 15 minutes as well.  Oh, and the package said 'mild' but even hubby who likes spicy food didn't think they were mild. My mouth about had a fit when I tried one.

For the chicken, cut it into strips (the smaller the quicker it will cook), put a little oil in a bag with the chicken to coat and then add the seasoning (crumbs). Seal the bag and shake.  Place the chicken on a baking sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.  I will say the chicken tasted good, but like I said, it doesn't scream 'Fajitas!' at me. Oh, and I think I may have used a bit too much chicken as it didn't completely coat every piece.

While all this is cooking, I sliced my pepper and onion and sauteed them. Grated my cheese, heated up the beans and diced my tomato and put everything on the table so it was ready to go. Then when everything is done, just layer up your tortilla, roll and enjoy.  (I'd fold in at least one end so everything doesn't fall out when you try and take a bite)