trashy TV [tra-shee tee vee] noun
that stuff we watch that's so dumb but so awesome
I watched Joe Millionaire. I've done weekly corporate viewings of a couple of seasons of Bachelor(ette)s. Laguna Beach. The Real Housewives. While I feel my brain cells leaving me and cover my eyes through much of it, like I'm watching Jaws or something equally horrifying, I still love a little trashy TV.
One F skinny jeans Jef? UhDORable.
Until he turned into a fame-hog and left poor Emily Maynard to suffer in her giant house with her perfect hair. Bring in Chris Harrison for a pep talk, y'all. Because those conversations seem so authentic.
Just because something isn't the real thing doesn't mean it can't be great though. Take this recipe. I call them Trashy Tamales. Because they're not tamales AT ALL. They are Mexican food like Trista and Ryan are a classic love story. ::gag:: But they're reeeally good, and you should try them. And eat them while you watch that new Married At First Sight show... which is exactly what it sounds like.
Our intellectual death is imminent, but pass me the remote anyway.
Do you notice how ugly these are? Look beneath the sour cream and pop of cilantro green. Yeeeah. Have low expectations on the aesthetics, people. Questionable at best.
1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 can creamed corn
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
a good pinch of salt
8 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend, Monterrey Jack, or cheddar
10 oz enchilada sauce (Ortega is your best regular-store brand. Old El Paso is from the devil.)
3 cups already cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
sauteed onions and/or peppers (optional)
black beans (optional)
avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro to garnish (optional but kind of a game changer)
HOW YOU MAKE THEM
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix together the Jiffy, creamed corn, eggs, milk, spices, and about 2/3 of the cheese. You can even mix it in the 9x13 baking dish you'll bake this in. No one cares. Just check the corners to make sure everything is mixed well. Just saved you some dirty dishes.
- Bake it for 20 minutes until the top is just set.
- While that's baking, gather whatever extras you want - the chicken, beans, vegetables, anything.
- Pull the pan out of the oven, and poke a few holes in it with a fork. Pour half of the enchilada sauce over top, put all of the chicken and vegetables on top of that, pour the remaining sauce over that, and finally top it with the rest of the cheese.
- Put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
- Serve it with all of the toppings mentioned above; lime and cilantro elevate it from trashy to... well, just a little less trashy.
Enjoy every bite. Because this mess is DELICIOUS.