Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Food Friday - Chicken Tortilla Soup & Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

This week I used another recipe from Our Best Bites and made Chicken Tortilla Soup.

While I enjoyed the soup I'm pretty sure I won't make it again.  There was nothing particularly wrong with it I just didn't enjoy it the way I wanted to.  I wouldn't make any changes, just wouldn't make it again.

The real find of the night though was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.  This pie was so easy and delicious I want to make another.  It's every bit as delicious as the picture makes it look and you should make one immediately.  I'm not going to give you the recipe because you should all go Our Best Bites and enjoy the lovely site..

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 recipe Taco Chicken
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
4 cans chicken broth
1 15-oz. can chopped or diced tomatoes
2 jalapeno peppers (if you're scared, try serrano peppers; they're milder)
1/4 c. fresh lime juice (3-4 limes). Don't even think of buying the stuff in a bottle.
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Store-bought tortilla chips, or 2-3 corn tortillas, plus oil for frying
Sliced avocado or guacamole
Grated or crumbled cotija cheese
1/4 c. cilantro

Early in the day, begin marinating the chicken. Right before you start preparing the soup, start grilling it.

In a large stockpot, heat some olive oil (I can tell you right now that you'll never hear the words EVOO from my mouth. Or my fingers.) over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and minced jalapeno and cook a few minutes more until pepper is softened and garlic is fragrant. Add chicken broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer 15-20 minutes.

While soup is simmering, juice the limes and set aside. Start preparing the toppings: grate the cheese, chop the cilantro, cut up the avocado or prepare the guacamole, and fry the tortillas. Right before serving, add lime juice and chicken to the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into the bowls and add desired toppings.