The Burrito Factory

Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a big deal for football fans all across America. No one else gets it, unless they are big sports fans in their parts of the world. Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest sporting event around and is truly a unique American tradition. It has been going on since 1960. Even if you are not a sports fan, there is no escaping this sports phenomenon. It is everywhere. It was even in church this morning.

Most of the congregation were supporting their favorite teams and had their teams’ jerseys on, or at least something representative of their teams. Kids and adults alike were all playing football in the lobby. We even had a football kickoff in the sanctuary. Then we listened to football stars talk about their faith in God.

But like any Super Bowl party, food is almost as important as the football game itself. Super Bowl parties are everywhere, all across the nation, from big cities to small rural areas. And food was definitely a big part of what we had at church today too.

Larry and I, with the help of our friends Mike and Lauren, made about 120 breakfast burritos for the event. We transformed our kitchen into a burrito factory for the day, and had a big production/assembly line going until they were all stuffed, rolled and wrapped. We had vegetarian, bacon and sausage versions, and marked them all accordingly.

But there was a lot of big behind-the scenes productions that took place before we could get to this point. I started doing all the prep work on Friday. I peeled and cubed 15 lbs of potatoes, that we soaked overnight, then seasoned and smoked in the smoker on Saturday morning.

I also made a huge pot of green chili for the burritos on Friday as well. Video #22 – Green Chili, Green Chili Day

Saturday morning meant more prep work. Cooking up and crumbling the bacon, cooking the sausage and scrambling a whole lot of eggs was the morning plan. We used almost 10 doz eggs, and with the price of eggs today, that was a big deal.

Larry had a plan on just how to portion all the fixin’s out so we didn’t run out. We were feeding a lot of people and making a lot of burritos.

Once all the fixin’s were made, Mike and Lauren came over and helped with the assembly. We all thought it was going to take us a lot longer than it actually did, but we were operating like a fine-tuned, well-oiled machine. It took us less than 2 hours to get them all rolled and wrapped in foil.

After we had them all finished, we all thought we needed to celebrate a bit, so we popped open a bottle of bubbly and toasted each other on a job well done. We used my new Christmas champagne flutes from my friend Andrea.

Then it was time to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening with a simple dinner and fun and games.

The burritos were a HUGE hit today. Everyone raved about them. Along with the burritos, we also had some fruit, cookies, chips, salsa and guacamole, avocado jalapeno cheese bread, and soda. It was quite a spread for our own little version of Super Bowl Sunday. It didn’t take long before ALL the burritos, as well as most everything else, disappeared. The burritos were gone in minutes. We couldn’t keep them stocked fast enough. It was indeed a fun time enjoyed by all.

Thanks Mike, Lauren, Wendy, Su and Jim for all your help. It was definitely a team effort. We make a great team!

Have a great day and make every day great. Stay safe and stay well Everyone, and may the best team win! ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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