We are big fans of the Rodeo but ironically we never seem to be able to partake in the festivities. The closest my family has been, is watching the parade in Old Town Clovis. This year my daughter decided to take matters into her own hands. At school they made paper cowboy hats early in the week and she made sure to take care of hers; giving it special attention unlike the other school crafts she brings home and eventually forgets about. She even picked out her "rodeo outfit" complete with pair of fringe boots that were hand me downs from a sweet friend. On Wednesday she laid the outfit out meticulously on her bed and waited patiently for Friday to wear it. Friday morning I had the pleasure of joining her on campus for Muffins with Mom, I watched her strut her outfit and grin from ear to ear with pride, wearing her silly paper hat. She even said, "Mom, no one else thought to wear their hat today for the rodeo!" What I saw was this silly piece of paper sitting on top of her head but then I realized that piece of paper meant so much to her. She made it with care, she coordinated an outfit to go with it, and she wore it confidently with pride. Her innocence really struck me that morning. The pure joy she felt from this act of independence and how she didn't care what anyone else thought. Who was I to tell her that she couldn't wear the art project she brought home? How long will this sweet, simple life last? When I picked her up from school, she still had the hat on and was as happy as ever. It served as a good reminder to act more like a kid, it's okay to march to your own drummer and "do you."
So we might have missed the Rodeo again this year but we whipped up our favorite Cowboy Loaded Fries and celebrated the Rodeo in our kitchen. Use your favorite pack of frozen sweet potato fries, I like Alexia brand, and cook according to package instructions. You can of course add your favorite toppings. I've also made this with pulled pork and it is just as tasty. It is great to make a big sheet pan and share with a group, like upgraded nachos.
Loaded Cowboy Fries
1 package sweet potato fries
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 small can red enchilada sauce or salsa
1 can black beans
1 can sweet corn
1 small can diced green chilis
6 oz shredded cheese
Garnish: chopped cilantro & sliced jalapeños
Avocado Lime Dressing
1. Prepare fries according to package instructions. Remove from oven & set oven to broil.
2. Prepare chicken by shredding and placing in a medium bowl. Stir in enchilada sauce or salsa and stir to coat.
3. Sprinkle cheese on the prepared Fries. Follow with beans, corn, diced green chilis and chicken.
Place in the oven to broil for a few minutes until cheese is melted & bubbly.
Remove and drizzle with Avocado Lime Sauce.
Avocado Lime Dressing
1/3 plain Greek yogurt
1 large avocado
1 Lime, juiced
1 tsp salt
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. If the dressing is too think add water 1 tsp at a time until a pourable consistency is reached. Pipe into a plastic bag and snip a corner to drizzle onto prepare Fry dish.