Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than spending some time in the kitchen creating something delicious for your friends and family to enjoy? Here in Mesa, fall means gorgeous weather, outdoor activities, patio dining, and so much more. The recipes below have a little bit of pumpkin, a little spice with some Southwestern flare. So while you plan your next trip to Mesa, indulge in these delicious desert flavors right from your own home.
Mining Camp Grilled Salmon
Southwest cuisine is not always spicy, salsa, or involve a tortilla.The Mining Camp Restaurant has a perfect salmon entree with a Southwest twist to it! Featuring one of the most unique flavors of the desert, prickly pear.
8 oz Salmon
¼ cup Dried Thyme
1 Tbsp. Smoked Salt or Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp. Roasted Garlic
1 Tsp. Chili flakes
2 Lemons zest
1 Tbsp. Jelly of your Choice (We recommend picking up the Mining Camp Restaurant's Prickly Pear Jelly when you come to visit - they promise it will be your secret ingredient like it has been theirs)
Fine chop garlic and smear it on a small sheet tray
Place in oven at 200 degrees until it's a light brown
When dried scrape off pan carefully and place on cutting board
Take the side of a large knife and place over garlic to smash into small pieces
Zest both lemons and place zest on sheet tray
Place in oven at 200 degrees for 5 minutes (zest should be brittle)
Once finish preparing those two items combine your ingredients in a small bowl and mix well with dried thyme, salt, and chili flakes to create your dry rub.
How to Cook Salmon:
Turn on grill and make sure grates are cleaned well
Brush grates with olive oil to avoid fish from sticking
Rub one side of salmon with olive oil and sprinkle the dry rub evenly on that side.
Place seasoned side of salmon face down diagonal to grill for 3 minutes
Move salmon to opposite diagonal to create a nice grill mark for another 3 minutes
Flip salmon to other side and repeat
When done place on a plate and add a tablespoon of jelly (preferably The Mining Camp restaurant's Prickly Pear jelly)
Lastly, garnish with some chives.
The salmon is great as an entrée or over your favorite salad!
Apple Pie Taquitos
Are you tired of making the same desserts each holiday? These crispy, sweet, and delicious taquitos are quick and simple to make. This holiday season surprise your family and friends with a twist to Apple Pie and be the talk of the party.
1 can (20 oz or 540 ml) apple pie filling
12 medium soft tortillas
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
In a shallow plate mix together the sugar and cinnamon
Empty the can of pie filling onto a cutting board and chop the apples into smaller pieces with a knife
Lay a tortilla flat and top it with a couple of tablespoons of apple pie filling
Tightly roll up the tortilla
Brush the taquito with butter and then roll it through the sugar/cinnamon mixture
Place the taquitos in a baking dish
Repeat with remaining tortillas and apple pie filling
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the taquitos start to get golden on top
Top your taquitos off with a caramel sauce and some whip cream if you please!