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Wanna know what will mess up your Monday night?
Getting home to your house and finding that your dog jumped up on the counter and ripped open a bag of m&m’s and ate half the bag. But, before you even notice that you notice the puke. on. the sofa.
That is what happened to my poor husband last night. So my night was filled with msg-ing him as he was at the emergency vet in Boston getting one of our Boston Terriers looked at. (Thankfully the new puppy was still crated!) He was a stage 2 of 3. So he didn’t have seizures but was pretty sick with an elevated heart rate and m&m’s coming out both ends.
Kemper had to be monitored overnight so he is still there (as I write this), but he should be fine. When Price visited him before leaving he said he looked so sad but was glad to see him. I think he realized how much trouble he was in, plus felt pretty awful!
And yes, the bag of chocolate was far from the edge of counter. He is just determined. He has swiped things in the past but never like this, usually dish towels or knocked off plates, but ugh. $834 ugh!
On a much, much lighter note…
IT’S TACO TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decided to make these Pulled Chicken Tostones Bites for you, I mean me, I mean you.
They are silly easy to make and they would make for a wonderful party food or appetizer for a dinner party. This is the kind of food that gets me in trouble. Like, I’d eat all of them. Like nachos. Eating them all is okay, right?!?
If you haven’t had tostones or fried plantains then you are missing out!!! They are fairly easy to make. I swear that the fact that you need to fry them is the scariest part but it’s as complicated as frying up a chicken cutlet. You slice them, lightly fry them, remove them to a paper towel lined surface, smash them to flatten them out, and then fry them up again. then one last rest on paper towels and ta-da all done.
You can make the pulled chicken and guacamole in advance. Or you can even use store bought guac. Then you just need to make the plantains right before you enjoy them.
And guess what, if you don’t feel like making the tostones, then you are still left with a wonderful pulled chicken that would be great for tacos, burritos, salads, piled high on nachos, stuffed into baked potatoes. The possibilities are endless. Eat up!
From party food to snack food, these will please everyone with just one bite!
Pulled Chicken Tostones Bites
Makes approximately 45 bites, plus extra pulled chicken
For the pulled chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
- 1-2 jalapenos, de-stemmed and de-seeded; qty depends on taste preference
- 1 12 ounce beer, such a Corona or Modelo
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teapoon pepper, or to taste
For the plantains
- 3 plantains approximately 12″ long
- vegetable oil
- flaked sea salt
For the mango salsa
- 2 mangoes, peeled, diced
- 1 red onion, diced
- 3 plum tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
- 1/4 Cup chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper
- guacamole, homemade or store-bought
- garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges
- Place the chicken, jalapenos and beer in your slow cooker. Cook over low high heat for 4 1/2 hours. Shred and add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
- While the chicken is cooking, prepare you mango salsa. Assemble all of the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
- When the chicken has finished cooking, prepare the plantains. Peel and then trim the tapered ends of the plantains. Slice the plantains into 1/4″ thick slices.
- Heat 1/8″ of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Cooking in batches, cook the plantains for 2 minutes on each side. Remove and place on a pepper towel, using the bottom of an oiled flat surface (I used a metal measuring cup), flatten the plantain. Once you have flatten that batch of plantains, return to the oil to cook again until lightly golden brown. Remove and place on another paper towel lined surface and sprinkle immediately with salt.
- Assemble the tostone bites by covering the plantain with guacamole, top with a tablespoon of chicken, a teaspoon of mango salsa. Repeat for ever plantain. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.