Oh yes my precious brother, his beautiful wife (inside and out), and my wonderful nephew shared the evening with us. What a blessing to have family that you not only dearly love but really actually enjoy spending time with!!! Now there is a novel idea. Anyway they are a pleasure to cook for because they are such an appreciative audience.
The menu was a cheese appetizer; shrimp, sausage, peppers, and onions in a sweet /n spicy sauce; broccoli with a whole bunch of stuff; homemade bread; rice with goodies, and chocolate chip cake with French Vanilla ice cream. This is funny—when I was making the cake I thought umm these ingredients look really familiar. Well after I baked it I realized why. It was like a giant chocolate chip cookie except with just a tad more cake consistency.
Today I am going to share the appetizer and rice recipes—I may put some of the other items in subsequent blogs.
3 grated cheeses; Cheddar, Mozzarella, Jack (I buy them in a combo at Trader Joe’s)
Diced Green Chilis (these are mild so you can be generous)
Sriracha Sauce (amount depending on your taste)
Smoked Paprika (careful as this is kind’ve strong)
Sliced brie (or similar)
Mix all the ingredients together except the brie. Spread generously on a corn tortilla. Place slices of brie on the mixture then put another corn tortilla on top. Be sure to push it down into the cheese mixture so it sticks really good. Slice in 6 pieces so they are easily picked up and eaten. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 -15 minutes—just until the cheese starts to melt. You will know because a little will come out around the sides. Serve warm.
Now for the rice—easy peasy. I used white Jasmine rice but that is your call. I sauteed the uncooked rice and a few fennel seeds in olive oil (I used my Tarragon/Rosemary) and butter until the rice grains and fennel started to get quite brown. (I happen to really like the taste of fennel but if you are not familiar with it chew on one of the seeds to determine how much you want to use.) Then I added Chicken Broth (instead of water), canned roasted diced tomatoes, diced green chilis, and a tad of kosher salt. Cook as usual.
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All the appetizer ingredients ready to be mixed. Be sure cream cheese is soft.
Cut each tortilla into 6 pieces before putting in the oven.