Apple Pie Enchiladas

If you are looking for a really complicated dessert that requires a bunch of ingredients that leaves you disappointed after a ton of work…this is not the post for you.  If you are looking for a very easy dessert that requires very few ingredients and everyone will LOVE…keep reading.  I ran across these on Facebook a few months ago, before I started blogging I think.  I made them.  They were gone within an hour.  I knew ya’ll needed this recipe.  Now, I will add that Bluebell homemade vanilla ice cream is just a must.  It just pushes this dessert from very good to completely fabulous.  It is comfort food and dessert all rolled into one.  

Apple Pie Enchiladas

Ingredients

1 21 ounce can of apple pie filling 

6 flour tortillas (I use fajita size)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I will tell ya’ll that I used roasted saigon cinnamon.  A man told me about this in the spice aisle the Saturday before Easter in Kroger a few years ago…yes I have the memory of an elephant which is a blessing and a curse)

1/2 cup butter 

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1/2 cup water 

Directions

Spoon 1/4 cup apple filling down the center of each tortilla.  I used a 1/4 measuring cup to do this but you can just eyeball it and use a spoon.  Lay each enchilada seam side down in prepared 9 x 13 baking dish.  Set aside.

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While you are doing this, you can have your butter melting over medium low heat in a small sauce pan.  After butter is melted, add sugars, cinnamon, and water.  Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.  Ladle the sauce evenly over enchiladas and let stand for 45 minutes.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 or 10 minutes but serve the while warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell is what we keep around but feel free to use your favorite kind.).  

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Make apple pie enchiladas tonight…you can thank me later

Cajun MAMA side note…people ask me all the time if my kids actually eat what I cook aka what I write about.  Yes and no.  Remember I have 4 kids.  4 kids with VERY  different taste buds, personalities, views, feelings…and the list goes on.  Sometimes one or 2 eat what I make.  Sometimes only 1 kid eats what I make.  When there is a blue moon, all 4 kids eat what I make and like it.  When the a full moon on Friday the 13th in a Leap year comes, they all LOVE it.  My point is…it is rare.  There are different schools of thought on this topic.  It can get kind of heated.  I suppose the reason why is that feeding and nurturing our children’s bodies is important to us as moms and dads.  We want to nurture them from the inside out.  When I was nursing them, I had to trust them to know what they needed and when they were full.  They were in charge.  i barely pumped so I just had to rely on their instincts and mine to know they were getting what they needed.  They always did.  Things changed when they got on baby food and solids.  My oldest was the pickiest of all picky eaters.  He has gotten somewhat better as he has gotten older or “more manly” as he calls it, but still his cautiousness as a person carries over to his willingness to try new things, including foods.  I don’t take this as a personal affront to me or my cooking.  I take this as a sign that he knows what he likes or what he is comfortable with.  I have been worried about him eating enough.  i have followed him around with food and begged him to eat, despite the fact that every magazine article and parenting book said not to do that.  Once I realized he was thriving and growing in spite of me…I kind of backed off.  My other kids have gotten increasingly better or more comfortable trying new foods and my youngest pretty much eats anything.  They tend to grow and thrive and life goes on.  Thank heavens.  Fighting and fussing over food is not worth it.  At the same time I am not going to not cook what I am interested in cooking or cater only to them.  We would candy with a side of hot dogs with a sno cone every night.  So we declared a truce.  I do my best to incorporate their favorite meals into my planning a few days a week.  But when I cook something new and they do not want to try it or do not like it, they eat something easy like cereal or waffles with fruit.  It works for us.  They are all growing up to be fine strong happy healthy human beings who most importantly have a voice about what they like or don’t like.  They are encouraged to try new things, but sometimes they are just not ready.  I am growing up as a mom with 10 years under my belt and I see that it usually all works out.  I am learning to trust myself.  Most importantly, I have learned to trust them.  

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Cajun Mama’s Candied Pickles

If someone had told me a few months ago that I would be writing about the awesomeness of pickles…I would have called them crazy.  I mean, what kind of loon writes about pickles?  A pickle freak?  This weekend we went up to my inlaw’s lodge for a little R&R.  Much needed I can say that.  It was wonderful as always with an added twist.  Pickles my friends.  Yes, pickles.  Not just any pickles.  Sweet candied pickles with just enough heat to make them interesting.  Like me.  ha ha ha!!  Apparently all friends and family and lodgers know about these pickles except me.  Not sure what the deal was or if I have been purposely left out of the pickle loop (I am looking at you Debby!!  :)) or maybe because in the past I was pregnant so much I ignored pickles for everyone’s sake??  I really don’t know.  What matters is that I know now.  And they have been coined Cajun Mama’s Candied Pickles.  And a star is born.  I thought about keeping this recipe to myself.  But my sweet mother in law was so kind to share with me and I know the right thing is to share with my friends.  Now this recipe makes a huge batch of pickles but remember my mother in law runs a lodge and part of that is cooking meals and she serves these bad boys with supper every night.  I made the big batch recipe because I plan on sending samples to different friends just to get feedback.  And to get people hooked.  Mwahhahahahaha! (that’s my evil laugh if you don’t know).  I am sure you can cut the recipe in half if you want to, but truthfully the pickles last for a long time in the fridge so just make the whole batch.  Trust me, these pickles will be your new addiction.  We had them last night with our chicken and dumplings, purple hulls and cornbread.  Went just fine believe me.  

Cajun Mama’s Candied Pickles

Ingredients

1 gallon jug of hamburger slices (pickles)

6 tsp. garlic powder with parsley flakes

6 ounces of Louisiana hot sauce

4 pounds of sugar (yes, 4 pounds. Hence the name candied…)

Directions

Drain the pickles in a big colander.  No need to save the juice, but you do need to save the jar.  In a huge bowl, add your sugar (all 4 pounds…go on.  Just do it.  Yes, its so bad but so good), hot sauce,  and garlic powder.  My mother in law (aka Deb as I will refer to her from here on out) said to just stir it all up by hand.  I will warn you that it gets very sticky.  Push through this.  Just get it the sugar mixture mixed up a little.  Add in some pickles and  then mix by hand.  Add more pickles and continue to mix by hand until all of the pickles are mixed in.  Get those pickles in that juice friends.  Try to not lick your hands…but you will want to.  The juice is addictive.  

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Now what I did was just cover my big silver bowl well with saran wrap and store them in our outside fridge over night.  I had a rough evening last night and ended up being kind of bossy to Big Daddy and made him stir the pickles a few times in the evening. Then this morning, I transferred the pickles and that yummy juice back to the big jar.  

 Ok, ok…truth…I was more than a little bossy.  I would have given Hitler a run for his money.  As a Cajun MAMA side note let me give ya’ll a good piece of advice.  Don’t try to do it all.  You can not be it all to everyone.  You cannot push yourself until there is no more.  I mean you can, but you will eventually be setting yourself up for disaster.  As a stay at home mom, you would think I would have plenty of time to get everything done…you would be wrong.  As moms and dads, there is only so much of us to go around.  Heck as friends, daughters, sons, cousins, siblings…whatever your role…there is only so much of you to go around.  I know better and still yesterday I fell prey to the “just a little more”  mentally.  Everyone in my household lost with me in that state of mind.  I never sat down, did not enjoy my family, turned into a screaming frustrated banshee by 6 p.m. and was just in general ticked off.  That is no way to live.  Sure, life with kids, 4 kids, however many you have, 2 dogs and a cat and a husband…homework, suppertime, bath time (aka the Shamu halftime show in our house…geez Louise they make a mess), life is chaotic and overwhelming.  But when I try to throw in a bunch of extra stuff…I start to backslide.  Maybe it is just me.  I don’t know.  I just know that I should have just left it at making supper and making pickles.  The pickles turned out fabulous.  I am eating some as I type.  These computer keys are getting sticky.  🙂

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Love these pickles!!!!