A Texas Treat
“Fideo” actually refers to a dish made with short, vermicelli-style pasta (shown above in the lower left corner). Fideo is first browned in a skillet then various ingredients are added to typically make a pasta or soup dish. The folks at Q&Q sure know how to help us make tasty dishes – fideo has been a tasty Texas treat for more than 100 years!
While fideo can be prepared in a multitude of ways – this is my very own recipe that pairs greatly with enchiladas and a side salad. Enjoy!
❤ What are “hatch cubes?” These are my own homemade treats that will save your time in the kitchen (shown below). I buy a frozen bag of Hatch Chilies from Trader Joe’s. I defrost it and pour the hatches into ice cube trays then freeze. I “pop” and transfer them into a Ziploc freezer bag and I can easily add the number of cubes into my recipe based on my appetite for heat. :) Pastas, soups, and eggs have never been the same since!
❤ This recipe can be easily doubled. Twice is nice!
❤ Fideo can be made in a million ways. Google or YouTube it and you’ll see.
Time To Prepare:
About 10 minutes.
½ Tablespoon | Butter
5 ounce Box | Q&Q Fideo Vermicelli
1 Cup | White Onion, Chopped
2 Tablespoons | Tomato Paste
1 | Hatch Cube or a Small Can of Hatch Green Chilies (optional)
2 Cups | Chicken Broth
3 | Garlic Cloves
1 | Bay Leaf
What To Do:
1. In a skillet over medium-high heat melt the butter.
2. Add the fideo and sauté until the vermicelli is just golden brown (think Rice-a-Roni, but Texas style). I like my Q&Q toasted, but be careful not to burn it.
3. Add the onion and continue sautéing. Add the tomato paste, hatch (if using), broth, garlic and the bay leaf.
4. Simmer until the vermicelli is al dente (about 5 minutes).
5. Remove from heat, let thicken a bit, discard the bay leaf, and enjoy!
Yield: About 2-4 servings, maybe less, if you enjoy food like I do!
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty
I found these awesome Q&Q Fideo stickers from our friends at BarbacoApparel in San Antonio. These vinyl stickers are a great way to show your love for Texas’ favorite vermicelli!