Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cooking for the KICK OFF - Bonus

Today, I received recipes from someone I had sent recipes to in the Cooking for the KICK OFF! recipe swap. It was quite surprising, since she wasn't supposed to send me anything! These are the yummy recipes Jameka sent:

Fruit Salsa w/ Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

1 Fuji apple - peeled, cored and diced
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup oil for frying
6 (10 inch) flour tortillas
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. In a medium bowl, mix together Fuji apple, strawberries, kiwis, bananas, lime juice, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 20 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a medium heavy saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
3. Slice flour tortillas into triangles. Carefully place tortilla triangles into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
4. Place white sugar and cinnamon in a large ziploc plastic bag. Drop fried tortilla triangles into the bag and shake to coat.
5. Serve the cinnamon chips warm with the chilled fruit salsa.

(With this recipe, I sometimes make just the tortilla chips. It's a quick sweet snack that's low in fat and calories. Also, if you plan to prepare well ahead of time--more than a day--I suggest leaving out the bananas. The taste is not affected, but they tend to brown and not make the display as nice.)

Pigs in a Blanket

8 frankfurters
8 slices American processed cheese (optional)
1 package croissant dinner rolls dough (preformed)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Unroll croissants and separate into triangles along perforations.
3. Place one cheese slice along the short straight side of each triangle.
4. Place one hot dog/frankfurter on that same edge and begin rolling it up, wrapping the cheese and dough around it.
5. Put on cookie sheet with the overlap faced down, so you don't have to use tooth picks.
6. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

(If you want to make this even more of an appetizer, you can use cocktail sausages and cut the croissant dough into smaller triangles or rectangles. You could also forgo the cheese and cook the cocktail sausages in BBQ sauce and then place them into the dough and bake. There are lots of god variations and none of them take a lot of time.)

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