Cinco de Mayo

 ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo (coming up on Monday), we’re posting a Mexican recipe roundup.  This holiday is a great opportunity to gather your friends and/or family to enjoy delicious food and margaritas!

Interesting fact about Cinco de Mayo: It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day (a common misconception).  It’s actually the commemoration of a battle in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated a much larger and much more well-equipped French army.  You learn something new everyday…

Mexican recipes

To help you plan your Mexican feast for Cinco de Mayo, we’ve gathered all our Mexican recipes below.  Enjoy, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Drinks (Margaritas to be exact)

If you have pre-bought margarita mix, you should go ahead and get rid of that.  Classic lime margaritas are super easy to make – plus they taste better and have less sugar than that mix you’ve got in the fridge.  For a margarita on the rocks, mix 1 part lime juice (fresh-squeezed is best; if you’re using bottled lime juice, check the label – it’s not always 100% juice), 1 part tequila (look for 100% agave, I prefer reposado) and 1 part agave nectar (if this recipe is too sweet for you, cut back on the agave).  It’s so simple but so delicious!  If you prefer flavored margaritas, keep reading…

For a delightful tropical twist on margaritas, try our Pineapple Mango Margarita.  It’s one of my favorite flavors… everyone will love it!  You can also use all pineapple or all mango in the recipe if you want just a pineapple margarita or just a mango margarita.

Pineapple Mango Margarita

This Raspberry Margarita is a great fresh-fruit margarita.  I like raspberry margaritas more than strawberry because they aren’t as sweet.  I usually make these margaritas in the late summer when I can pick raspberries myself, but there are ripe raspberries available at grocery stores now to make this tasty beverage.

Raspberry Margarita

If you’d like a hybrid between and margarita and Mexican beer, try a Beergarita by mixing one can of limemade, 24 oz. Mexican lager, and 1/2 c. tequila.  This drink is very guy-friendly and less sweet than most margaritas.

Appetizers

Start you meal off with one of these dishes or use these as a snack food for a margarita party…

Make you own Garden Fresh Salsa and pair it with high-quality tortilla chips.  It’ll beat anything you could get from a jar!**FIX**

Garden Fresh Salsa

Or pair tortilla chips with our alternative to guacamole: Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

Main Dishes

If you’re planning a dinner party for Cinco de Mayo, check out these Main Dish recipes.  The amount of work required varies from very low for our marinades and spice blends to moderate for the tacos and enchiladas to high for empanadas.  You decide how much time you want to invest and how memorable you want your dinner to be.

Chicken fajitas (one of my favorite dishes growing up) are easy and flavorful with our Mexican Citrus Marinade recipe.

Marinating Chicken

For a delicious vegetarian Cinco de Mayo, try our yummy Blackened Tofu Tacos!

Blackened Tofu Tacos

One of my all-time favorite Mexican meals is Chicken Tinga Tacos.  They pack tons of flavor without requiring much work – a very impressive dish!

Tinga Taco

Braise beef in chocolate stout or chipotle beer to make savory Chipotle Stout Braised Beef tacos or empanadas.

Chipotle Stout Beef - Empanadas

Or try our rich but healthy Green Citrus Chicken Enchiladas smothered in avocado cream sauce.  So delicious!

Green Enchiladas

For a simple meal, use our Homemade Taco Seasoning to flavor beef or chicken tacos.  It’s much better and has greater depth of flavor than taco flavoring packets you get at the store.

Taco Seasoning

If you want a unique and memorable dish and don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen, try our Pork Empanadas recipe

Open Empanada

Side Dishes

Looking for the perfect dish to pair with our main dishes?  Try one of the recipes below…

My favorite side is this  Mexican White Rice Pilaf recipe.  It reminds me of the rice I got at Cozymel’s as a child…

Mexican White Rice Pilaf

For a more traditional dish, try our Mexican Red Rice recipe.

Mexican Red Rice

Or try a spin on a classic Mexican corn on the cob street food: Mexican Roasted Corn Salad dressed with Greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, and lime juice.

Mex Corn Salad

Our Sweet Corn Tomalito recipe, a cornbread corn-pudding hybrid (and a Chevy’s copycat) is a sure crowd-pleaser!

Sweet Corn Tomalito

Hopefully these recipe ideas help you plan a delicious and festive Cinco de Mayo.  ¡Provecho!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

For those of you that haven’t heard, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day.  I don’t know why we have such a day, but I can’t object to a holiday honoring melted cheese…

If you want to join the celebration, try our Beecher’s Grilled Cheese!

Beecher's Grilled CheeseThis sandwich combines gooey cheese, bacon, and creamy garlic aioli for crispy grilled cheese perfection!  It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  National Grilled Cheese Day may just become your favorite eating holiday…

Wondering what to do with your leftover Beecher’s Flagship cheese?  You could always make more of these incredible grilled cheese sandwiches, eat it by itself (so yummy!), or use it to make our World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese.  Once you’ve tried it, you’ll throw out your old mac and cheese recipe and never look for another.

Mac and Cheese

If you’ve got a party coming up, you could also try our Mac and Cheese Bites.  These crispy, finger food-versions of macaroni and cheese make delicious appetizers!

Mac and Cheese Bites

Now that you’ve got cheese on the brain, you’re in the perfect mindset to enjoy the holiday.  Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are thankful for the opportunity to share our favorite recipes with you.  And we are thankful for those of you who have helped our fledgling blog reach 3,000+ visits!  Many of you may already have your Thanksgiving menu set, but for those of you still looking for the perfect dish to complete your feast, check out our Thanksgiving-approved recipes below that are sure to please the crowd…

Appetizers
Tasty bites for munching while waiting for the bird to come out of the oven

Baked Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls: These appetizers are super-easy and super-tasty.  If you happen to have any leftovers, they’re great for breakfast the next morning!

Salmon Puffs

Smoked Salmon Puffs: These things will be gone before you can turn around!  Not a traditional Thanksgiving dish but they’re wonderful for passing around before the meal starts

Tartlets

Tomato Goat Cheese Tartlets: Another appetizer that won’t last long… and they’re vegetarian-friendly!

Breads
Homey recipes to serve along with your turkey and vegetables

Rustic Bread

Rustic Bread: This bread has great flavor and texture… and (the best part) requires almost no work on Thanksgiving, just mix up the dough the night before!

Corn Bread Pieces

Southern Corn Bread: If you’re making a cornbread dressing, you won’t find a better starting point than this savory recipe

Vegetables and Sides
The perfect dishes to pile on your plate with the turkey

Baked Brussels Sprouts

Baked Brussels Sprouts: A Thanksgiving classic, not to mention delicious and healthy! **FIX**

Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Roasted Smashed Potatoes: No Thanksgiving meal is complete without mashed potatoes, but if you’re looking for something different, give this mouth-watering potato recipe a try

Sauteed Chard

Sauteed Chard with Prosciutto: This is a great green to serve with your meal – even veggie haters will enjoy it!

Mac and Cheese

World’s Best Macaroni and Cheese: Maybe it’s because I was raised in the South, but we always had mac and cheese as a side at Thanksgiving while I was growing up.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better recipe for this dish…

Quinoa Mac and Cheese - Yum!

Quinoa Mac and Cheese with Spinach: A healthier version of mac and cheese made with a protein-rich whole grain and spinach

Desserts
Something sweet to ease you into that tryptophan coma

Pumpkin Poppers

Pumpkin Poppers: Not your typical pumpkin pie but they still have that wonderful seasonal flavor.  These goodies will get snapped up!  If any survive to become leftovers (unlikely), they make tasty, doughnut hole-like treats for breakfast the next morning

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Pumpkin Bread: A not-too-sweet addition to the dessert table that’s packed with pumpkin and spices

We hope these recipes will help improve your table this Thursday.  From all of us at The Sunny Skillet, we wish you a happy and delicious Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Dinner is Served!

Allow us to introduce ourselves.

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Meagan.
Amanda.
Rachael.

Three best friends separated by many miles. What brings us together? Our love for each other and our love for great food. Cooking dinner shouldn’t be a chore; it should be sunny. And The Sunny Skillet was born.

Each of the recipes on The Sunny Skillet are Tried and True. Scouring through our grandmothers’ recipe cards, our favorite cookbooks, and of course the internet, each recipe we share has been tried, tweaked, and perfected. There are no duds here; only our absolute favorites.

Enough about us, let’s get cooking!