This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the California Milk Processor Board. The opinions and text are all mine.
I will be honest and admit that I do not drink as much milk as I should. We all know that milk is really good for us but something happens when we grow up that we no longer reach for a glass of milk the way we did when we were kids. I remember how we used to have a cold glass of milk with all meals when I was little, and we would even have milk as a treat. It was so delicious! Now on the rare occasion that I have a banana or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich I will grab a glass of milk but those are the only times. Even when I have pastries, I will have coffee and not reach for that milk. Why, when milk is so good?!
This week I was given a reto (challenge) to find which of my favorite recipes (not sweets) pairs with a cold glass of milk. This challenge really made me rethink milk and how as a family we are missing out on it's delicious flavor in so many of our meals. Think about it. Milk pairs surprisingly well with meals that are spicy, if you've ever had too much chile in a meal grab a glass of milk and see how it cuts down the spice from your taste buds. Milk contains casein; a fat loving compound that binds with spicy oils in chilies and washes them away. Also milk pairs so well with meals that include cheese, making them taste so much creamier and rich. For savory foods, the emulsifiers in the milk attract themselves to the fat, dissolving them and allowing them to go down more easily. And after having a drink of milk, you can really savor each and every bit of flavor that goes into the dish you are enjoying.
Chilaquiles Rapidos For Two
Onion 1/4 chopped
Chiles Guajillo 2 without seeds and veins
Cilantro small handful
Olive Oil 1/4 cup
Garlic 1 clove
Queso Fresco 1/2 cup
Salt 1 tablespoon
Boil tomatos and chiles in water until boiling. Add tomato, chiles, garlic, salt and a little bit of the boiled water to blender. Blend until smooth. In a large pan add olive oil and let heat. Once the oil is ready add cut tortillas into the oil turning them slowly so that they don't stick together or burn and to get an even fry. Once the tortillas are fried add the salsa from the blender and mix gently for about two minutes. Garnish with queso fresco, onion and cilantro.
Serve with a cold glass of milk.
This recipe is easy and fast. I'm not a big meat eater at all, I am all about the chile, carbs, cheese and onion. A lot of my recipes are simple like this, but they are always delicious. I'm going to be pairing a lot more of these meals with a cold glass of milk and I challenge you to do the same.
My Chilaquiles taste great con leche! Join the Toma Leche reto and find your own dishes that pair well with milk. There are so many combinations and flavors that will make a great match. What will you pair with a cold glass of milk?