One of my favorite spices is Tony Chachere’s Bold Creole Seasoning. The flavor really enhances this bean and avocado based dip and it adds a zing to the grilled crostini. This is the perfect appetizer for any get together. Here is the link if you want to add the flavor of New Orleans to your dishes: https://www.tonychachere.com/product/bold/
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Place in desired dish and garnish with olive oil & spices of your choice. Serve with grainy chips or as a compliment to other foods. I like this with falafel or kibbeh.
When we were in Barcelona, Spain a couple of years ago, this was a popular tapa served in many restaurants. I decided to recreate it, and was it ever delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness, heat and tang! The grated cojito cheese was perfect for this dish!!
Honey, grated cojito cheese, Allepo red pepper & parsley for garnish
Wash and then thinly slice your eggplant on a mandolin. I sliced mine at the 1/8 setting. Lay the slices single layer on a tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle all the slices with sea salt. Let sit for 30-45 minutes to sweat out most of the liquid.
Once the allotted time has passed, pat all the pieces dry with paper towels. This will also remove most of the sea salt. Set aside.
In a shallow dish, add 1 – 2 cups of all purpose flour.
Heat 1/2 cup olive oil on medium high heat.
Dredge the eggplant slices in the flour, a few at a time.
Place the floured slices in the heated oil and lightly brown on both sides. They will brown quickly, so you have to work fast.
Serve immediately with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of Allepo red pepper and a generous amount of cheese. Finish with chopped parsley.
This is my mom’s recipe, and it’s something that has to be made every Thanksgiving at our house. Of course, I make them throughout the year because who doesn’t love a deviled egg! They are simple, yet so delicious! Give them a try!
I make these crackers all the time and keep them ready for snacking or when we have friends over. Everyone loves the tangy spice! There are many recipes out there for similar crackers. I have reduced the amount of spice, which gives you a hint of flavor, rather than overpowering you with the taste of ranch dressing. Everyone that tries them raves, but they can’t quite figure out what is on them. I like to keep ‘em guessing and I kinda enjoy that! Click photo for printable recipe.
Mix oil & spices in a small bowl. Place crackers in a large bowl and pour mixture over crackers. With a rubber spatula, carefully turn the crackers to cover with spice mix and repeat every 10 minutes until thoroughly coated. Place crackers on wax paper and let dry for one hour. Place in an airtight container.
This GUACAMOLE recipe is famous in my circles. It’s been served at family gatherings & parties for years, and every time it gets rave reviews. If we are having an event, I always get asked/told, “Are you makin’ your guac? You better be makin’ your guac.” This guacamole is tangy & spicy, and YUMMY! Make this immediately & you, too, will be FAMOUS!
I made these crispy samosas as part of a collaboration with a group of international food bloggers. Since I’m from Texas, I decided to fill them with Mexican rice. The flavors of the spicy rice, onions, peppers & peas were perfect for this typical Indian dish. The Tex Mex flair really worked! They were easy to make with store bought phyllo dough. And, even tastier with a side of salsa. These are definitely going to be added to my party appetizer list. The filling possibilities are endless! I used my Mexican Rice recipe and it was delish. Dig in, y’all!
Defrost phyllo dough according to package instructions.
Gather your supplies – Large baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place another sheet of parchment paper on your work surface. You will need a sharp knife for cutting the phyllo dough. Damp paper towels for covering phyllo dough, while your are working. It needs to be kept moist. Place olive oil in a small bowl, and you will need a pastry brush to brush on the oil.
To make your samosa packets, get 2 sheets of phyllo dough. One stacked on top of the other. I find that 1 sheet is just too thin. Lay short side down. Cut the dough in half with your sharp knife. Then cut both halves in half. You will now have 4 equal size strips. Brush with olive oil. Place 1 TBS of filling on the bottom of the strip. Now, fold the strip like a flag. See photos.
Place finished samosas on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with olive oil.
I’m really showing my age on this one! Back in the day, before the famous Gunter Hotel in San Antonio was purchased by the Sheraton group, they served this cheese as a little treat in the hotel bar and restaurants. It’s kind of like pimento cheese, but without any pimento. It has a fantastic flavor and is so easy to make. Our local newspaper published the recipe in 90s, when I was 12. Ok, I wasn’t 12, but let’s not get into that. Serve this yumminess at your next gathering and get ready for the happy faces!
I got my hands on this recipe over 25 years ago from a gentleman who was a fellow resident in a huge historical home I used to live in. The house was in King William, a historical area of San Antonio. Every year, he would host a big party in conjunction with the King William Fair, which is one of San Antonio’s official Fiesta events. The recipe holds great memories, not only from his fabulous parties, but from the many celebrations I have also served his fabulous dish. It’s got lots of ingredients, but it’s so worth it! Enjoy and create your own memories.
Jazz up your holiday celebrations with this amazing hummus! The vibrant color is from a fabulous beetroot ketchup that is delicious on its own. The smoky flavor adds a depth of flavor, making this hummus extra special. Enjoy!