And way easier than I thought when I tackled it. I've been lazy of late and wanted to do something fun to incent me back in the kitchen. This did the trick and it took less than a half an hour.
This sweet dessert is something you can eat warm or chilled and is one of those "what a great idea" items I stole, changed and (barely) healthified.
Rating: 4 forks out of 5
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1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
+1 (8-oz.) package non-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
+1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt with strawberries
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
6 (8-inch) soft flour tortillas
1 3/4 cups sliced strawberries, divided ('cause I'm lazy)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
vegetable oil, for frying
toothpicks; stand mixer (or hand mixer); deep skillet (or deep fryer, if you're cool), paper towel
Directions the way I did it
Put your cream cheese, lemon zest, yogurt (with strawberries), vanilla and tablespoon sugar in bowl of your stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using a hand mixer). Using the paddle head, beat the ingredients until thick and smooth. (Do the same with the hand mixer).
Lay out your tortillas and spread the mixture amongst them on the lower portion of each flat. Fold the left and right sides inward and roll the mixture-smeared side up like a chimichanga and secure the fold with a toothpick.
Throw the rest of the sugar and cinnamon on a plate (or better, a rectangle piece of tupperware) and mix it up.
Fill a deep skillet with veggie oil (NOT olive oil) or your deep fryer and heat to 350°. Fry those suckers 2 or 3 at a time and remove when golden and let 'em drip for a sec on the paper towels. Roll them around in the sugar and cinnamon to cover them. Plate and eat.
You can serve these warm like you would a "real" chimichanga (they are nice and gooey) -OR- chill 'em. I really preferred them chilled, but it's your call!
I didn't do fresh strawberries--I was cheap and just used yogurt with berries in it.
Healthy Tweaks *tho negated by being a fried treat
I used no-fat yogurt instead of sour cream
I swapped no-fat cream cheese for "regular".
These are surprisingly easy to make and cheap. Oh and quick. Perfect for a bigger group, otherwise you and your fat ass are eating 6 chimichangas :-)
This recipe is available in the CrOOK BOOK