Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chimichanga Dog

I admit it.  I like hot dogs.  Sometimes I flat-out crave them.  And chimichangas...well...they pretty much rock my world. So, when I saw the Chimichanga Dogs in the July/August 2010 edition of Food Network Magazine...I just knew I'd give in and make some sooner or later.  It's nice knowing yourself so well.  So, now that mama gets a few beautiful, peaceful, glorious hours to herself during the week hooray for the school year!, mama gets to do what she wants.  When she wants to.  And she even starts referring to herself as mama!?  In the third person, even.  Ooooookaaaaaaaaaay.  Mama like.  

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love waking up and walking the kids outside to wait for the bus.  Cool mornings.  Coffee in hand.  Autumn teasing.  And then.  ME TIME.  Breathe deep.  Put on the tunes.  Sing...dance a bit.  Read, write, cook, experiment...even cleaning seems dare I say almost enjoyable...um, no...easier.  I could do pretty much anything.  I could nap...watch a movie...I could even walk around in my skivvies or less.  But, on this particular day (not today...it's Saturday...two days ago) I decided to make a chimidog.  Not a whole families worth of chimidogs.  ONE. SINGLE. CHIMIDOG. 

Chimichanga Dogs
very slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine July/Aug. '10

hot dog
chile powder
flour tortilla
egg, beaten
flour
Monterey Jack cheese

to serve:
salsa
sour cream 


Rub hot dog with chile powder and wrap in a flour tortilla.  

Dip in beaten egg, then dredge in flour and deep fry in 350° F vegetable oil until golden. 

Sprinkle with Monterey Jack and bake at 375° F until cheese melts.  

Top w/ salsa, sour cream, and jalape├▒os.
Let me just insert here that it's a good thing I only made ONE. SINGLE. CHIMIDOG. 

Because in the midst all my elation and lightness and high hopes and cooking what I wanted, when I wanted it...I came across a food that was pretty UNimpressive. Not really much flavor going on. Ah well...win some, lose some.  Afterall, I have the whole school year to be impressed.