Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tortilla Roll-ups

Here's two of my favorite roll-up recipes - Mexican chicken and Italian roll-ups.  They're a great appetizer for a party, or you can slice them in bigger halves for lunch or a picnic.

Mexican Chicken Roll-ups

2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 1/3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
4 green onions, chopped
10 oz. can Rotel, drained
cayenne pepper to taste
salt to taste
half a bunch of cilantro, chopped (optional)

2 packages burrito sized tortillas

-Mix filing ingredients together.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Spread 2 heaping spoonfuls of filing on each tortilla.  Roll up and cut into slices.

Italian Roll-ups
Source:  Midwest Living

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
Salt and Pepper to taste

For wraps:

Combine all ingredients for spread.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.  Let come to room temperature, spread a heaping tablespoon over each tortilla and layer with choice of meats.  Roll up and slice.

Pineapple Cheeseball

This is a really yummy cheeseball.  The flavors are so different and unexpected and it's very addicting.  It doesn't really have a name; I'm just calling it the pineapple cheese ball.  Anywho, it would be a great appetizer for all the holiday parties coming up!


8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
small can crushed pineapple, drained (8 oz. I believe)
½ green bell pepper, diced small
2 green onions, chopped small
4 oz. diced pimento, drained
1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Combine all ingredients and chill in refrigerator.  It gets even better the longer it sits.  You can shape it into a ball or serve in a bowl with good snack crackers.


Thanksgiving Menu

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and lots of great food.  Even after eating sandwiches for five days, I still have half a ham in my fridge.  Anyone have some ham recipes to share??

I hosted my family at our house, a small 7 people; and then later in the evening we went to C's family's Thanksgiving, which is about 60 people.

Here's what was on our menu this year:

Specialty Cocktail:  Sparking Pear Cocktail

Appetizers:  Spicy Crackers, Blue Cheese Walnut Spread

Main Dishes: Turkey Breast, Ham

Side Dishes:  Vinegar Slaw, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Gravy, Fried Corn, Roasted Asparagus, Cranberry Relish, Rolls

Dessert:  Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with ice cream