Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrating The Weekend Gourmet's 7th Blogiversary with My Most Popular Recipe...Crispy Chicken Tortilla Rollups! #celebrate #blogiversary

The month of August is going to be a celebratory month here at The Weekend Gourmet. That's because it's my officially the SEVENTH anniversary of starting this blog in August 2010! I have all sorts of fun recipes to share...and a couple of fun giveaways mark this milestone all month long. I originally started The Weekend Gourmet as a place to share my favorite recipe successes with my family and friends. I never dreamed it would grow and evolve since then to encompass product features, restaurant spotlights, and culinary travel. I have simply embraced every fun opportunity that's come my way. Over the past 7 years, I experienced everything from live local television cooking segments to speaking at a prominent blogger dining at some of the best restaurants in the country and working with some amazing food brands as a Blog Ambassador. I am truly blessed to have this creative outlet!

Today, I want to kick off my anniversary month by sharing the most popular recipe from The Weekend Gourmet's first 7 years: Crispy Chicken Tortilla Rollups. A creamy chicken filling is rolled in flour tortillas, brushed with garlic-infused oil, and baked until crispy. I originally shared this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo celebration...and people have gone absolutely crazy for it. It's been pinned more than 347,000 time so far, and I've received a ton of positive feedback from readers who've made it in their kitchens. It's a winner of a recipe, so I wanted to share it again here today. 

Crispy Chicken Tortilla Rollups
a Weekend Gourmet Original

Ingredients (makes 8-10 rollups):
  • 1/3 cup canola oil + 2 grated garlic cloves
  • 8-10 flour tortillas
  • 2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
For the filling:
  • 6 ounces non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded [NOTE: deli roasted chicken is perfect for this recipe!]
  • 1 cup Colby Jack cheese
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 small jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1-2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1/3 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the avocado-lime dipping sauce:
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and mashed
  • 6 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 1 tbs. finely chopped cilantro
  • 2-3 drops hot sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400. Add the filling ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir with a sturdy spoon until evenly mixed. Heat the canola oil and two grated garlic cloves in a small saucepan over med heat. When the oil is hot, turn off the heat and let the garlic infuse into the oil for 5-10 minutes.
Step 2: Assemble the rollups by adding 2 tbs. of filling along the lower third of each flour tortillas -- sprinkle with a bit more cheese before rolling if you want your rollups to be extra cheesy! Roll t eet lined with parchment. Brush each rollup with the garlic-infused oil and sprinkle with salt, dried cilantro, and chili powder. Bake he tortillas up and place seam side down on a large rimmed baking shfor 8-10 minutes, flipping over halfway through cooking so both sides brown and crisp evenly.
Step 3: Make the avocado-lime dipping sauce by combining the mashed avocado, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice and zest, cilantro, hot sauce, and the salt & pepper. Spoon the sauce into a decorative dip bowl. Serve the rollups on a festive platter with the avocado-lime dipping sauce on the side -- along with salsa and/or sour cream on the side.
These rollups are so popular because they're amazingly delicious! They feature a crispy, flavorful outside…and a creamy filling inside. I love the hint of sweetness that the corn kernels add, as well as the slight tang from the yogurt and lime juice. These rollups will make a fantastic addition to upcoming football game day menu -- simply cut them in half for easier eating.  Spicy, crispy, cheesy and comforting? It's the perfect trifecta!

Thank you for being a reader of my little corner of the Internet -- whether you're been here since the beginning or are just discovering The Weekend Gourmet. Be sure to stay tuned for an entire month's worth of blogiversary celebration here in August...I promise that it's going to be a blast! 

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