Jalapeno poppers

Ingredients

6 lg jalapenos
6 slices monterey jack or mozzarella cheese (1/2″ thick)
All purpose flour for dredging
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 lb or 3 sm eggs, separated

How to prepare

Place peppers in a bowl and add scalding water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour until softened. Leave stems on and slit down one side removing and discarding all the seeds. Place one slice of cheese inside each pepper, and dust with flour. Heat the oil. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Beat the whites until they stand in peaks. Fold the yolks into the whites and dip each pepper in the egg mixture until well coated. Fry at once in hot oil turning once and spooning oil over the uncooked places. Cook until golden brown.

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Empanaditas

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground beef
1 med onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp raisins, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive, green, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cottage cheese, small curd
1 lg egg, hard cooked, peeled & chopped
1 lg egg, separated
1 tsp ,water
2 10″ pie crusts
2 tsp milk

How to prepare

Cook and stir ground beef in 10″ skillet, breaking up into small pieces, until brown, drain reserving 1 tbsp of fat and the beef in the skillet. Stir in onion, raisins, olives, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cottage cheese and hard cooked egg. Heat oven to 400

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cheese

Ingredients

3 bacon rashers, rind removed
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
1 tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp dry mustard
1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
12 lg mushroom caps, stalks removed
1 tbsp sweet paprika

How to prepare

Grill bacon until crisp, chop coarsely. Combine with cheese, sour cream, crumbs, mustard and pepper. Spoon into mushroom caps, sprinkle each with paprika. Cook on BBQ grill plate until cheese melts. Family Circle Brilliant Barbecues

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Meat dumplings

Ingredients

1 egg
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp mashed potatoes (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
Meat filling
1 small onion
3 tbsp butter
chopped cooked beef
chopped mushrooms, cooked (optional)
salt & pepper

How to prepare

Mound flour on kneading board. Beat egg with water and salt slightly and carefully pour into mound of flour. Mix and add the mashed potatoes. Knead until dough becomes elastic. Cover closely with warm bowl and let stand about 10 minutes. For easier handling, divide the dough in half. Roll our very thing, cut in 2″ squares.
Run cooked beef through grinder. Chop onion fine and lightly brown in butter. Add chopped mushrooms and fry very slowly. Add meat and seasoning. Cool before using.
Place half tsp of filling a little to one side on each squares. Moisten edge with water. Fold over and press edges together. Join the two upper corners. Drop into salted boiling water and cook until they float to top.

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Crisp onion rings

Ingredients

3 or 4 lg sweet onions, sliced 1/4″ and separated into rings
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup water
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp melted butter
Oil for frying

How to prepare

Soak the onion rings in ice water for at least 1/2 hour pat the onion rings dry with Paper towels sift together the baking powder, flour and salt combine the egg, water, And lemon juice and beat until frothy stir this into the dry ingredients just until Blended add butter dip onion rings into batter, a few at a time drop into 375

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Stuffed snow peas

Ingredients

36 snow peas
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1 tbsp fresh dill, minced
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 lime, juice & zest only
2 oz caviar, salmon or lumpfish
red lettuce leaves

Black pepper, ground
salt

How to prepare

Blanch the snow peas in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain at once. Rinse under cold running water. Pat dry. Use a sharp knife to slit the peas down only one of the long sides. Open carefully. Put the creme fraiche in a bowl. Mix in the dill and cream cheese. Grate in the lime zest. Add the lime juice. Fold in the caviar. Stuff the peas with the mixture. Serve on a bed of red lettuce leaves.

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Greek pizza w/ feta and pancetta

Ingredients

1 pizza dough
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
10-15 greek olives, cut into halves
2 sm roma tomatoes, diced
3 strips bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper

How to prepare

Add the peppers and onion to 1 1/2 tsp olive oil or spray the skillet with two coatings of cooking spray. Using low heat, saut

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Char- grilled polenta with rosemary sauce

Ingredients

1 tsp sea salt
3 oz polenta
2 oz salted anchovies
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 oz extra virgin olive oil
rucola salad leaves

How to prepare

Bring 18 oz water and sea salt to boil in a heavy based saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly add the polenta, stirring with a wooden spoon until it is completely blended. The polenta needs to be cooked for about 40 minutes with regular stirring until it falls away from the side of the pan until stiff. Spread the polenta onto a flat surface, 3/4″ deep and let it rest until cold, then cut into slices. Chop the anchovies and mix with the rosemary in a bowl. Slowly add the lemon juice and blend to a paste. Add the oil a little at a time. Heat the grill until very hot. Brush the polenta with olive oil and grill for 3 or 4 minutes on each side until lightly charred. Toss the rucola with some extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Place the polenta on the salad and pour over the sauce. Serves 4 as a starter

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Chicken tostada pizza

Ingredients

4 6″ tostadas
6 oz pkg of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup black olives
1 tbsp chopped cilantr

How to prepare

Heat oven to 350 heat tostadas for 5-7 mins until browned on a cookie sheet remove From oven and top each with 2 tsp of cheese mix chicken and salsa and spoon over the Cheese top with green pepper, black olives and cilantro top each with remaining Cheese and heat until cheese is melted i served the pizzas with chopped lettuce, Tomatoes and sour cream.

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Caribbean shrimp kabobs

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp pickapeppa sauce (can substitute 1 tbsp tabasco)
2 tbsp apricot preserves
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp red pepper flakes
T tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Peel and devein shrimp stir together oil, pickapeppa, preserves, honey, syrup, red pepper, pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary and garlic stir in shrimp cover and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. Drain shrimp, reserve marinade thread shrimp on skewers.

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