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Seasons Change but Taste Never Does

As the weather outside starts to change and stays cold, INSIDE you want to be surrounded by warmth! Let Gordo’s bring the warmth and invite friends, food, laughter, and memories to the gathering. Whether you are looking for new recipes, tweaking old ones, or coming up with new family traditions, Gordo’s is the perfect partner to have during the holiday season. Road trips to families’ houses are on the horizon for sure. Let Gordo’s help you prepare great snacks to take in the car. Sure, it is always fun the first few hours and then kids start to get antsy. They are hungry, bored, want out, need to potty, or just don’t want to be in a car seat!

Let Gordo’s snacks help you keep the peace before you even arrive! Everyone being in good spirits when you finally pull up makes for a great beginning to the festivities! Of course, not all destinations are too cold, some families are fortunate enough to head toward sunshine and warmth! The great thing about Gordo’s is you can enjoy it no matter the temperature or location! That’s right! Rain or shine. Hot or cold. Spring or winter. North or south – Gordo’s is always ready to be with you and your family and improve the gatherings!

Remember Gordo’s isn’t just for snacks! Gordo’s many different flavors can be the star of the show or a hidden gem of a flavor. However you choose to showcase Gordo’s creamy goodness and an array of tastes, you will be thankful that you grabbed a tub from the fridge section. Gordo’s Cheese Dip with warmed tortilla chips – just go ahead and crown this the king of all gatherings! What better way to share the variety of flavors Gordo’s offers than this-Original, Mild, Hot, or HomeStyle! Or if you prefer a more subtle yet “what is that amazing flavor I’m tasting” kind of showcase then we have the recipes for you! Snacks, breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes abound. The other great idea is adding it to family traditional recipes. That’s right! You are the author of those and can make traditions even better!

Breakfast Casserole

For those that are starting their travels in the wee hours of the morning and putting sleepy kids tucked in the car for a “quieter, they will sleep” kind of drive, you will need breakfast when they wake. Some travel with the idea “we don’t stop until we get there” so Gordo’s has several great breakfasts, easy travel, and eat recipes! This will fill the littles up and be healthier for everyone! The Gordo’s Breakfast Casserole is just the travel companion for you! You can make this up the night before and right before you load those sleepy heads in the car, cut individual servings, pop them in the microwave, and put them into hot/cold containers that will keep them nice and warm until eyes open and growling tummies come to life! Eggs, hash browns, Gordo’s cheese, shredded cheese, milk, and sausage! YUM! All that cheesy goodness and protein and milk to start the day! Not tons of sugar leads to way too much energy in the car! You can also toss in some red and green peppers for a little holiday color cheer! It is so easy to serve to the kids (and adults too!) in small containers and disposable sporks! Gordo’s brings the flavor, goodness, AND ways to make traveling easier for those who head home across the miles to the family!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs
  • 16 oz of frozen hash browns (thawed out)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp of pepper
  • ½ garlic powder
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of Gordo’s mild cheese dip
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and brown the sausage in a separate pan. Layer the thawed hash browns on the bottom of a greased 13×9 baking dish. If you are adding sausage, evenly layer the cooked sausage over the hash browns and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top on the sausage. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, seasoning, milk, and Gordo’s Cheese Dip. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and hash brown layers and bake for 30-35 mins until the eggs are set. If you’d like, you can also add veggies like onions, tomatoes, or spinach to the egg mixture before baking!

Once cooked, you can put the breakfast casserole in the fridge and it’ll be ready whenever you want to heat it up! You can either put the whole thing back in the oven and reheat for 10-15 minutes or cut out a piece and heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 mins.

Fruit Dip

For those traveling from mid-morning into the early afternoon or for just a short couple-hour trip, our Gordo’s Fruit dip just might be what’s on the menu for good healthy snacks! Again, fruits of your choice, are cut and put into divided travel containers, then Gordo’s Fruit Dip into the other section. You can even add little extras to the dip – nuts, coconut, raisins – just to name a few. The perfect way for kids to enjoy a healthier snack with quick and easy clean-up for the parents! 3 ingredients! That’s right 3! Gordo’s is there for ease of preparation so you can spend time with family and not in the kitchen prepping for hours on end! Your kids will thank you for this snack and your family will thank you for braving the roads (or skies) to be with family!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 container Gordo’s Cheese Dip Original
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

HOW TO PREPARE:

Heat Gordo’s Cheese Dip. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix. Serve with fruit.

Cheesy Chicken Empanadas

For the family spending a wee bit more time on the roads and hitting lunch or dinner, Gordo’s has several easy prepare ahead- of-time-great-travel-filling dishes. This little jewel is all-in-one, self-contained flavor-packed goodness. Gordo’s Cheesy Chicken Empanadas! Only 5 ingredients. Cook ahead. Then heat and store in a warming container for travel. This handheld, self-contained meal is great for the littles, great for traveling, and great for taste! Chicken, Gordos cheese, taco seasoning, and pie crust! Mix, stuff, and bake! Bringing the family together in the car for travel – not just in space but in FOOD goodness – is a must so that when you arrive at your final destination, everyone is rested, fed, and ready to celebrate!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • ½ cup Gordo’s Cheese Dip (any flavor)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg & water

HOW TO PREPARE:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Line a Baking Sheet with parchment paper. Toss chicken in taco seasoning. Cook chicken in large skillet. Allow chicken to cool, shred. In a large bowl combine the chicken and cheese. Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter or cup. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat with the remaining piecrust. Making as many circles as possible. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1-2 TBSP water. Arrange 1 dough circle on a clean flat surface. Lightly brush the edges with the egg wash.Place 1 large TSP of chicken in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal completely. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining circles and chicken mixture. Lightly Brush the tops of the empanadas with the egg wash. Bake in oven at for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Gordo’s can’t think of a better way to start the holiday season than by helping families make the road (or sky) travels easy and smooth. So many of our dishes can be prepared ahead of time, frozen or reheated, and served (or traveled) in easy containers for a satisfying meal for your family on the GO. Don’t forget that Gordo’s has many recipes on our website or jump over onto social media and catch new up-to-the-minute creations. Be safe in your travels and enjoy your Family! From the Gordo’s Family to yours, happy holidays!

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