Tapas Totales!

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To sum it up, this was a night of tapas and home-made margaritas that would make you slap yo' mammasita!  A couple of friends came over and I made gambas al ajillo (shrimp and garlic sauce), empanadas with crema-paprika sauce, chorizo-tortilla pizzas, baked pappas (fingerling potatoes), and a little concoction I put together that we will call Frito Masa Dulce (fried sweet dough).  I wanted it to be a play on sopapillas, but more Spanish-style and doughnut-y.  So I took our go-to home-made pizza dough recipe, sweetened it up and then fried it, and sprinkled good ole powdered sugar on top!  And that is the recipe I am sharing with you today.  De nada. 

FRITO MASA DULCE

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 pkg fast-rising yeast

2 tbs sugar

 1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp apple pie seasoning

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

2 tbs honey

1 cup warm water

canola oil

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients and water and stir with a fork until combined.  Cover with a damp paper towel and let rise for an hour.  In a heavy pot (I use my cast iron Dutch oven,  of course!), heat 1 and 1/2 inches of canola oil on medium-high heat.  Using a little extra flour so the dough doesn't stick to your hands, use fingers to flatten out the dough to about 9x12 on a counter sprinkled with a little flour.  Use a cookie cutter to cut into 12 equal-sized pieces.  Gently drop one piece at a time into the oil, and fry for about one minute on each side, until golden brown.  Take out with a slotted spoon or spatula and let drain on paper towel.  Once they are all done, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

NOTES:  Drizzle with honey or maple syrup if you want to raise the bar of delicioso even higher!!  

Party Preserves

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This night was all business, so how could it have been SO FUN?!?  This was a seven-course meal made by yours truly for our Guest Services Team Captains for our home church, Crossbridge.  It was a Summer Dinner Theme because well, it was in the summer.  This picture was part of the amuse bouche, which had a cheese board, a black currant preserve brie wheel, canapes, and potato latkes.  It was all so 'amuse-ing'.  See what I did just there? For the sake of this particular post, I will give you the brie wheel recipe because it was a HUGE HIT, not to mention really, really pretty. 

BLACK CURRANT PRESERVE BRIE WHEEL

1 wheel brie cheese

1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted

1 cup black currant preserves (or any seasonal preserves of your choice)

1 egg

1 tsp water

Place the cup of black currant preserves in the middle of the puff pastry in a circle, eye-ing the size of the brie and trying to keep the circle to about the same size.  Place the brie cheese on top of the preserves and very gently close up the puff pastry to a tight "present", sealing the edges together and cutting off any excess.  Turn over so that the seal is on bottom and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl, and baste all over the puff pastry.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Serve with crackers, celery, or just drop a whopping spoonful into your mouth by itself!

NOTES:  I used the scraps of the excess to make a decoration by cutting out a butterfly with a cookie cutter. I placed it on top of the puff pastry prior to basting with egg wash.

Here Comes the Bride! (A Shower of Love)

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Last Saturday, we had a bridal shower for my Daughter-In-Law (to be!), Kiren.  The Daughts (Miz Chelsea Erickson of Beauty by Chelsea), our sweet friend, Dixie Moreau, and I, did NOT do too shabby!  The two of them worked the Shampps (our word for champagne) Bar, and EVERYTHING ELSE.  I handled the cooking and baking!  We had creamy pasta salad, lemon thyme bars, crudité, crack sammiches (see past post Man Food, which obviously became Woman Food), two kinds of quiche, cinnamon rolls, bread pudding, fruit salad, mini panny-cakes (my own word for pancakes) with blueberries on top, orange cranberry muffins, and cucumber-radish canapés, along with three different juices and fruits for the Shampps Bar to go into the sugar-rimmed glasses!  Whew!  So you can OBVIOUSLY see why I am only going to post one recipe, and probably the easiest, and yet super-chic: canapés.

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These little beauties were DELISH!  The wedding is boho-chic, and these went perfectly with the theme!

1 pkg white bread (I know, I know.  I preach against it all the time.  But this is a MUST to make these successfully)

1/2 stick butter, softened

2 cucumbers, washed and sliced thinly

1 pkg radishes, washed and sliced thinly

1 cup sour cream

dill, for garnish

Take the bread and with a round cookie mold (or some other kind of pattern that will mold two small rounds out of one slice - a small glass, perhaps?) make two small rounds without crust.  Lightly butter each round, then pile cucs and then radishes on them.  Place a very small dollup of sour cream on the pile and then garnish with the dill.  Sounds too easy to be delicious?  Try it and see for yourself!

I appreciate all the hard, HARD work Dixie put in.  She is a MACHINE!

Please do not copy this photo - all rights reserved through the Moreau Family

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(I seem to be focused more on the food and less on Dixie Doodle! - sorry Pretty Girl!)  And of course, The Daughts and all HER HARD WORK!  (#hostesswiththemostess)

Below is the Love Fest among The Daughts, The DIL, and me (She!)

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And last but certainly not least: THIS gorgeous bunch of crazies!

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Man Food

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There is some TOP-SECRET stuff going on around here!  And all in the name of my 45th birthday party in November.  So I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet, but I CAN tell you that once-a-month I have five men meet here at my place to rehearse, two of whom are The Hubster and The Sonster.  Well, I certainly have to provide snacks!!  How to feed five hungry dudes?  See below.

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CRACK SAMMICHES

Look, if we're being honest, here, I did not invent these babies.  I've had them a few times and they are good no matter who makes them!  I did put my own little twist on them, though, and the guys huddles around them like they were stalking their prey.  And they just couldn't get enough!  Hence, the name.

CRACK SAMMICHES

1 24-pack of Hawaiian mini-rolls

1 large pkg ham of your choice

2 pks sliced Swiss cheese

1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted

2 tbs Dijon mustard

2 tbs Worcestershire sauce

2 tbs onion powder

2 tbs poppy seeds

Place roll bottoms in the bottom of a greased baking pan.  Thinly layer ham, then Swiss cheese, then ham again, then last layer of Swiss cheese.  Put roll tops on.  Mix butter, Dijon, Worcestershire, onion powder, and poppy seeds.  Pour or baste over top (see notes) and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

NOTES: I used a silicon brush baster to ensure the tops of the rolls got every bit of flavor and so that not one single poppy seed was wasted.  I was unable to find organic ham or Swiss that I thought would hold the flavor I was looking for, so I used Boar's Head instead, which has no artificial fillers, no MSG, and no nitrates.  And GOOD LUCK finding organic Hawaiian rolls!  So I used the good old-fashioned Hawaiian rolls and decided not to feel guilty about it!

 

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CRESCENT LOVE

2 containers butter-flavored crescent rolls

1 pound ground turkey breakfast sausage

1 can ro-tel

1 large handful shredded sharp cheddar

1 large handful shredded mozzarella

Brown turkey sausage in a pan, and then add ro-tel until all liquid is absorbed into meat.  Meanwhile, roll one can crescent rolls onto un-greased baking sheet.  Pinch together your seams, using a little water on your fingers to seal.  Pour sausage mixture over the top.  Sprinkle your cheese hands-ful over the sausage.  Roll your second can of crescents over the top of the cheese and sausage, using the same method to seal the seams and sides of the crescent dough.  Bake in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

NOTES:  I found organic crescents at Trader Joe's!  I also found extremely inexpensive turkey breakfast sausage there, too!