Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tasty Thursday - Perfect Holiday Weekend Dessert!

We love cooking on our backyard grill, but sometimes desserts get boring! Sopapillas are a classic dessert found at most Mexican restaurants that I‘ve been making for years, but one night I made ours even better with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

If your grill has a stove burner on the side, you can make them right there where your family and friends can watch, but an electric skillet works well, too. You could even do a 'sopapilla bar' with a line of toppings so that everyone could add their own favorite goodies.

Red White and Blue Sizzling Strawberry Sopapillas


1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and rinsed
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
few drops vanilla extract (optional)
3-4 tablespoons margarine
6 fajita size flour tortillas
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Ground cinnamon
Whipped cream topping

A few hours before serving time, cut strawberries into bite sized slices and place in a bowl with the sugars and vanilla extract. Mix well and place in refrigerator until right before serving.


Preheat a griddle or large frying pan over medium-high heat, then melt ½ tablespoon of margarine.

Place a flour tortilla in the butter, and cook until golden on one side, and then flip over. Once both sides are golden and puffy, place on a plate and drizzle with approximately 1 ½ teaspoons honey and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Place about 1/3 to ½ cup of the strawberries with a little of the 'syrup' onto the center of the tortilla, sprinkle on a few blueberries, and top with whipped cream. Repeat for remaining tortillas. This serves six, but you can make as many or as few as you like - something that is really great just for the two of us!

NOTE: I actually pulled this recipe out of my recipe document file because I didn't have anything planned, and I was at the hospital all day yesterday. We ended up taking my dad to the ER yesterday, and they found he is very anemic and they kept him overnight to give him a unit of blood under very closely monitored conditions. They have to give it to him very slowly in order to not cause other, bigger problems due to the condition of his heart. We will go up there soon and hopefully he will come home this afternoon, feeling better with the new blood in his system. I hope to have something for Floral Friday, even if it is a bit late in the day tomorrow.

For those of you in the USA, have an incredible Independence Day Weekend!!!

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