Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: April 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Oreo Fluff Bars

To all my Oreo fans - this one is for you!
A shortbread crust, hot fudge and a fluffy topping makes the most delicious Oreo dessert.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Hi friends!

Oh do I have a fun one for you today. If you like Oreos please keep reading, this dessert is simple and can feed a crowd.

But hey - how's your Spring going? Have you started your garden yet? Are you itching to get outside? Are your kid's sports schedules ruling your life?

That last one may just be my life.

Oreo Fluff Bars

I meant to make this stunning and fun dessert over the weekend after our daughter's softball tournament got canceled {so much rain!}, but you know what I did instead?

Laid on the couch that afternoon.

I read my book {this is what I'm reading}, dozed on and off, cuddled with the kids and to some "wasted a few hours". I like to call it resting. It does a body good at times!

So finally on Monday once the kids were shipped off to school, I made it! They came home to a treat and I got to make it and photograph it in peace.

Oreo Fluff Bars

I also had to HIDE THESE OREOS.

It's rare I buy them, so any glance from the kids would prove they'd be gone in an instant. I succeeded and they hid nicely until Monday.

Two-thirds of these delicious cookies made it into these Oreo Fluff Bars and I'm saving the rest for our next ball tournament this weekend {the snacks needed to get through being outside ALL day are endless}.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Even though there are three layers to this dessert - they are easy! Don't feel intimidated, I mean one of the layers is simply spreading a jar of hot fudge on the crust. You can do that.

The shortbread crust is buttery and simple and will remind you of pie. It bakes up easily and is the only time you'll need the oven. After that everything stays cold in the fridge!

This might become my favorite Summertime fridge dessert - the perfect chocolate-y, cold bite you need on a hot day.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Have you had Oreo Fluff before?

It's fairly popular in deli's and grocery stores around these parts. It's a combination of cream cheese, Cool Whip, sugar and obviously Oreos - crushed and chopped so that every bite is perfection. You spread this fun layer on top of the hot fudge and then lay a big intact Oreo on top, perfectly spacing out 20 squares.

These bars feed a crowd!

Oreo Fluff Bars

My kids went bananas for this!

I also sent many slices off to the neighbors {I cannot be trusted with this much sugary goodness in my fridge} and I'm fairly sure they loved it too.

This is easily a dessert that can be made a day or two ahead - prepping food ahead is my jam! It leaves time for others things. I cannot wait to see you guys make it.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Oreo Fluff Bars
Yield: 20 bars
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 27 Min
This three layer fluffy Oreo dessert is a new favorite! A shortbread crust, hot fudge and a fluffy cream layer come together in the best cold dessert that makes everyone happy.

Ingredients

For the crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
For the middle layers
  • 12 oz jar hot fudge
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 16 Oreos, crushed or chopped + add'l 20 Oreos for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13  or 11x15 pan with cooking spray (a 9x13 will result in a bit thicker bar, a 11x15 pan a bit thinner bar).
  2. In a stand mixer whip together the butter and sugar until combined. Sift in the flour and continue to mix until it resembles course crumbs. Dump this mixture into the greased pan and with your hands press down to form the bottom layer.
  3. Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  4. When the crust is cooled, spread the hot fudge over the crust.
  5. In the stand mixer cream together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gently fold in the Cool whip to combine, followed by the crushed/chopped Oreos. Spread this cream layer over the hot fudge layer.
  6. Lay 20 additional Oreos flat on top of the cream layer in 4 rows of 5. Place the bars in the fridge for at least one hour before serving. Keep in the fridge when storing.

Calories

269.81

Fat (grams)

18.45

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.30

Carbs (grams)

24.18

Fiber (grams)

0.69

Net carbs

23.48

Sugar (grams)

10.59

Protein (grams)

2.61

Sodium (milligrams)

159.41

Cholesterol (grams)

35.87
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

One of my favorite Mexican dishes, these Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls 
are full of flavor!
They also make the most delicious leftovers.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

If you follow me on Instagram, you see me making a version of this recipe ALL THE TIME. I shared it a few weeks back and even got a message from a reader saying, "I was about to think you had forgotten about this pork dish, it's been awhile since you shared it!"

Hahahahahaha.

People pay attention!

I first saw my friend Jenni at The Gingered Whisk make this years ago - and my first thought was BRILLANT. I chatted with her last week and got permission to share my version of her recipe today. Thanks Jenni!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

What I love about this recipe is the simplicity of it. I like to purchase small pork loins {usually the 2-3 lb ones} at the grocery store when they are on sale. They are often a BOGO offer and can easily be thrown in the freezer to use up later.

After that, grab your slow cooker and get to work!

Just two ingredients make this the most incredible tasting Mexican pork around - brown sugar and salsa. But, I highly recommend using my blender salsa recipe. It's hands down what makes it so delicious. 

I make this salsa once a week {I'm not kidding}. We pretty much drink the stuff. It tastes authentic and just like what you'd be served at a Mexican restaurant. Better yet - it makes a big batch so you have lots on hand to pour over these burrito bowls right before serving.

Oh course, any favorite jarred salsa works - but trust me, my recipe is good!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

This pork can cook all day while you are gone, or even home, it requires no maintenance at all. Once cooked it shreds beautifully in the sweet brown sugar and salsa mixture. It's sweet, but not too sweet, yet still has all the smokey flavors of a great Mexican dish.

Pretty darn perfect!

Like I said, I've been making this pork for YEARS, but only until recently did I actually take photos of the final dish and think about putting it on the blog!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls


These burrito bowls are currently one of our favorite dinners. Every single person in our house adores them {and that is saying something!}. I let everyone dress them how they like, but everyone prefers the tasty pork served over our favorite Mexican rice and refried beans.

By the way our favorite Mexican rice is La Preferida. It's the best! You can buy a 9-pack off Amazon, which I highly recommend. Their canned refried beans are super too - or you can try my homemade recipe HERE.

After the pork is layered on the rice and beans I top it with lots of salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls
I cannot wait to see your own version of these Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls! They can be dressed up an which way, however you like.

You know what else is great? If you are a meal prepper, perhaps working out of the home, these bowls can easily be prepped in separate dishes for the week ahead. The leftovers taste only better than the day before.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls
Yield: 6
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 5 M
This sweet, Mexican pork is slow cooked and then layered into a burrito bowl with all the fixings - rice, beans, guacamole, salsa and more!

Ingredients

For the Pork
  • 2-3 lb pork loin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup blender salsa
Toppings for the Burrito Bowls
  • Mexican flavored rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Blender Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded Cheeses
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Place the pork loin, brown sugar and blender salsa in your slow cooker on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  2. The pork is done once it easily shreds apart, it could take more or less time depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks.
  3. Right before serving into the burrito bowls, place all of the shredded pork on a large rimmed baking sheet, turn the oven to BROIL and place the pan of pork on the top rack.
  4. Watching carefully, broil the pork for 2-3 minutes, then using tongs stir it around and let it go another 2-3 minutes until slightly crispy.
  5. Serve the pork warm over a bed of rice and beans, topped with shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Notes:

Feel free to top these burrito bowls with whatever toppings you enjoy. Other options could include diced onion, corn, crushed tortilla chips, etc.

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