Recently we took a shopping trip to Walmart to search for Kraft #FreshTake, as I am working with #cbais and Kraft. I was able to load up on all of my regular shopping list. You really can’t beat the prices at Walmart, and I have had a great experience with the quality of food I find while I am there. In the Walmart cheese section, hanging with the other cheese products, is where I found a product that I had never used before now.
This product is by Kraft. It is called Fresh Take, and it is a mixture of breadcrumbs and cheese. The concept is simple. You have your Fresh Take bag. You open the seal that separates the two compartments – one filled with a seasoned breadcrumbs and the other filled with a cheese or cheese blend. You then mix the two sides together. You take your moistened protein (chicken, fish or pork work great) and put it in the bag to coat with the breadcrumb-cheese mixture and bake. It’s such an easy mom solution for a great meal. I really love simple meals like this that take little preparation and yield great results. There’s quite a variety of Fresh Take combinations, including classic four cheese, spicy chipotle cheddar, smokey mesquite BBQ, Italian parmesan, rosemary and roasted garlic, cheddar jack and bacon, chili lime and panko, savory four cheese and southwest three cheese (the one I chose for this particular recipe). Although I do need quick, simple solutions for dinner, I also love to create. I like to try new things, entertain and think outside the box when it comes to how I can use products. While I plan to use Kraft Fresh Take in the way it was intended, I also have a variety of ideas for using these cheese packs in different ways. Today I decided to create a Mexican Layer Dip. It is almost a 7 layer dip. I would probably need to add olives to get to the number 7, but we are not huge black olive people around here, so I didn’t use them. You could, and then you can claim the 7 layer status. We love Mexican food. My husband could eat it every day of the week. I decided it would be fun to use the Fresh Take mixture to create a delicious appetizer. It worked. I wasn’t having guests over, so we just treated this as dinner one night. I didn’t want to experiment on my guests, although after tasting this I realize it would have been a hit. I wouldn’t change anything, and I will be serving it for guests in the future. We didn’t finish the entire thing in one sitting. Guess what! We had leftovers in a few forms. We ate it again as an appetizer dip. We ate it again in a tortillas like a burrito. My husband had it in a salad to mimic taco salad and said it was great. It’s great to know I can use the bulk of this recipe in a variety of forms. Is your mouth watering yet? Here’s the recipe:
Mexican Layer Dip with Kraft #Fresh Take
1 can refried beans
1/2 tsp child habanero hot sauce (or replace with regular hot sauce to heat preference)
1/2 lb jack cheese
1/2 cup butter
5 tsp mayo
1 1/2 lb chicken, cubed small
guacamole (you can’t beat fresh, and we love my recipe – we used 3/4 of a recipe for this dip)
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup sour cream
Combine hot sauce and refried beans and put in the bottom of a pie plate. Layer this with 1/2 pound of jack cheese.
Cube your chicken. You will want to chop it small. I cut them into 1/2″-1″ cubes.
Melt butter and whip in mayonnaise to thicken.
Here is where your fresh take bag comes into play. Fresh take is a great product. It is a bag that has cheese on one side and a breadcrumb mix on the other side. I tasted the spice going into the cheese, and it had a great, southwest, flavorful taste. All you do is open the bag and pull on either side to open up the seal the separates the two sections.
The next part is the fun part where you can get your kids involved. I sealed the cheese bag back together. Then, I had Abby shake, shake shake so that the seasoned breadcrumb mix and the cheese combined. Remove 3/4 cup out of the bag and set it aside.
You will want to coat your chicken in the butter mixture. After coating, put the chicken in the Kraft Fresh Take bag. Seal it up and shake, shake, shake again. I also massaged the cheese around it a bit.
Put the chicken mixture on top of the layer of beans and cheese. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup Kraft cheese and breadcrumb mix on top of the dish. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes. Chicken should be completely cooked at this point. Let it cool slightly while you make your guacamole.
Make your guacamole. I would encourage you to make it fresh, and I’d love you to try my recipe.
Layer the guacamole, chopped tomato and sour cream on top of your chicken, cheese and bean layers. Serve with chips. Note: You will want stronger corn chips to serve with this dip. The layered dip is fabulous, and you’ll want to scoop out every element onto your chip. We had thinner chips and were scooping out the dip with a fork to stack onto the chip. Lesson learned.
If you are excited about the Kraft Fresh Take experience, make sure to watch out for the Kraft Fresh Possibilities tour truck, which will be making stops across the country from March through the end of July. To see if they are making a stop in your town, you can check out this website: Fresh Possibilities Tour.
Also, if you utilize coupons, there will be an IRC (immediately redeemable coupon) stuck on packages of chicken in the meat department. The coupon takes $1.00 off the price of one chicken item with the purchase of Fresh Take. The coupons will run 5/1-7/31.
A great resource for more great ideas and recipes for the summer can be found in the following digital magazine. This is a digital magazine being published by #cbias and Social Fabric, and I am a part of this valued community.
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