March 26, 2015

Funnel Cake Fries

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of these Funnel Cake Fries on Facebook and Instagram. The picture is from one of our local restaurants, but I got SO many requests for the recipe that I HAD to try to replicate these at home for you guys!! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Here’s how mine turned out. The flavor is SPOT ON!! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

AND. You guys. They’re served with Marshmallow Fluff Dip.  Funnel Cake Fries with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!!!! My life is now complete. We love these SO much more than regular funnel cake because they’re so much easier to grab and eat without getting powdered sugar literally everywhere.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Making homemade funnel cakes from scratch is so easy. You only need a few ingredients, like flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. You probably already have everything on hand right now! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

BUT you can also totally use a funnel cake mix too! The choice is yours! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Here’s how easy they are to make from scratch. First, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Then with a mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix very well until you have a thick batter.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

For easier dispensing, I put my batter in a clean ketchup bottle.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

I just poured it right in using a funnel.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

You could also use a squirt bottle, a piping bag (like for frosting) or a ziploc bag with a small tip cut off.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Now add about 1 inch of vegetable or canola oil to a large pot with high sides and heat the oil over medium-high heat. You want the oil to reach around 350 degrees F. If you have a candy thermometer, great. But if not, check the oil after about 5 minutes. Drop a little batter in the oil to test it. If it sizzles real good and starts to turn golden pretty quickly, you know the oil is ready. If it doesn’t sizzle, the oil is not hot enough yet. If the oil starts to smoke, it is too hot. Turn the heat way down and drop in some batter immediately to cool it down.

Now slowly pipe the batter into the oil in a long, straight line. I did about 5 fries at a time. Let fry on one side until browned. Depending on how hot your oil is, and how big your fries are, this could take anywhere from about 30-60 seconds. Flip over and fry on the other side until browned, then quickly remove to a plate.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve!! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

I am OBSESSED with this new OXO Baker’s Dusting Wand for sprinkling powdered sugar!! Twist it open and it’s a scoop for easily scooping out powdered sugar. Then twist it closed and it becomes a sifter / dusting wand. It’s got a solid bottom so you can set it down without getting powdered sugar everywhere. It’s great for sprinkling powdered sugar, cinnamon, and especially for evenly distributing flour when you need a lightly floured surface. Seriously love this thing!

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

The Marshmallow Fluff Dip sends these fries OVER. THE. TOP.

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

The dip is simply marshmallow creme that’s been warmed in the microwave. SO good!

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

These fries are so fluffy!! So fun for a party where everyone can grab and dip!! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake French Toast Sticks! What a fun idea!

Now, everyone knows funnel cake (and anything fried, really) is best when it’s hot out of the fryer. BUT… these funnel cake fries actually heat up pretty well in the oven the next day. Bake on a cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 450 degrees F for 3 minutes. Serve with syrup and you’ll have….

Funnel Cake French Toast Sticks!!!!!

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

These are seriously so much fun. Treat yourself to Funnel Cake Fries this weekend!! :)

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

OMG these are Funnel Cake FRIES with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!! So fun!! Super easy method, what a great idea!

OMG these are Funnel Cake French Toast Sticks! What a fun idea!

Funnel Cake Fries

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups canola or vegetable oil
1 jar marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff

1. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2. With a mixer, beat eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until foamy and well combined. Carefully add in the flour mixture and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. Place the batter in a bag or bottle for piping.

3. Add about 1 inch of oil to a large pot with high sides. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Pipe the batter in long straight lines into oil and fry until golden, about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove to a plate and serve with powdered sugar while still hot.

Marshmallow Fluff Dip: Place marshmallow creme in a bowl for dipping and warm in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth and serve with funnel cake fries.

To Reheat: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place funnel cake fries on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 3 minutes.

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March 23, 2015

Southwestern Chicken Cups

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

A few years ago I made Mini Lasagna Cups and they were a huge hit. They are now one of the most popular recipes on my entire site! We love them too, so I wanted to make a fun southwestern spinoff that we could enjoy. These bold Southwestern Chicken Cups with cheesy chicken, black beans, and corn were a huge success!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Crunchy… hot… cheesy… melty… So many fabulous flavors all in one bite!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

The ingredients are fresh and simple. Chopped chicken, corn, black beans, garlic, onions, bell peppers, cheese and wonton wrappers.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to a large skillet over high heat.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

When the oil is very hot, carefully add the onions, bell peppers, and plenty of salt. I love buying a mixed bag of frozen bell peppers and onions, already diced and ready to go! It’s such a time saver, you can always keep them on hand, and you can add them to this recipe straight from the freezer.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

If you’re using frozen corn, you can go ahead and add it here too. If you’re using canned or fresh corn, you can add it later with the beans.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until slightly blackened on the edges.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Turn the heat down to medium-low, add the minced garlic, and stir until fragrant and well incorporated, about 30 seconds.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add the beans, chicken, and plenty of pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Generously coat a standard-size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Now grab some wonton wrappers. You should be able to find these in any grocery store. In ours, they’re located in the produce section between the tofu and fresh ravioli.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Line each muffin tin with a wonton wrapper.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

And top with cheese.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add one more wonton wrapper…

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Chicken layer…

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

And one more layer of cheese.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Bake at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes, until heated through and edges are golden.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Garnish with a little cilantro if desired. These are like my favorite salad or burrito at Chipotle, but in a fun little cup!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Hot… cheesy… melty… goodness!!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

So fun and everyone will love them! Hope you enjoy!! :)

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Southwestern Chicken Cups

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups frozen diced bell pepper and onion mix (or 1 cup each, fresh)
2 cups corn kernals (canned, fresh, or frozen)
1 teaspoon salt
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup canned black beans, drained
12 oz (2 cups) cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
1 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
24 wonton wrappers

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously coat a standard-size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Add olive oil to a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is very hot, carefully add the onions, bell peppers, salt. If you’re using frozen corn, add it now. If you’re using canned or fresh corn, add it later with the beans. Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until slightly blackened on the edges, about 5 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the minced garlic, and stir until fragrant and well incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, chicken, and pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Place a wonton wrapper in the bottom of each cup in the prepared muffin tin. Add 1-2 tablespoons of chicken mixture and top with about 1 tablespoon cheese. Layer on one more wonton wrapper, chicken mixture, and cheese.

5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes, until heated through and edges are golden.

Makes 12 cups. (About 3-4 servings). Click here for Nutritional Information (per cup).

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