Monday, December 28, 2009

Tasty Tuesday - Party Food

Welcome to the second edition of Tasty Tuesday! This week is New Years Eve and I thought that a great theme would be party food since there will be many parties this week. My idea of awesome party is just a bunch of different appetizers, drinks, and great friends! One of my favorite appetizers has always been cheese sticks, and I have to say if I ever find out who invented fried cheese I am going to give them a big wet kiss shake their hand. One of my favorite Food Network Star winners Guy Fieri had a great episode where he made a tasty looking recipe called "I've Got the Need, the Need for Fried Cheese" and I thought it would be an awesome addition to any New Years Eve party.

I've Got the Need, the Need for Fried Cheese


Cook time: 15 Minutes, Level: Intermediate, Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

* 4 cups canola oil
* 2 eggs
* 1/4 cup milk
* 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
* 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
* 8 ounces mozzarella string cheese, individually wrapped
* 16 thin slices salami, 2 1/2-inches in diameter
* 8 egg roll/spring roll wrappers

Directions

In a medium saucepan, add oil and heat to 325 degrees F.

In a medium shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk thoroughly. In another medium bowl mix panko and Italian bread crumbs.

Dredge 1 entire side of egg roll wrapper into egg wash. Place 2 slices of salami in the center of wrapper, towards the edge closest to you. Place 1 stick of cheese on top of salami. Roll wrapper edge closest to you over the filling. Tuck ends and continue to roll until it forms an egg roll shape.

Dredge rolled wrapper in egg wash again, and then thoroughly coat in bread crumb mixture. (Wrappers can be frozen for future use at this point.)

Add 1 to 2 rolled wrappers to oil at a time, cooking 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Be careful not to over cook, or cook on too high of a temperature as wraps may explode. Remove fried cheese to a paper-towel lined plate and serve immediately
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While I was finding this recipe I also saw another great recipe for Pizza on a Stick. What says party better then Pizza, or something on a stick!

Pizza on a Stick

Cook time: 20 minutes, Level:Easy, Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

* 1 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
* All-purpose flour, for dusting
* 1 cup marinara sauce
* 1 1/2cups shredded mozzarella cheese
* 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
* 3/4 cup chopped pepperoni, black olives and/or mushrooms
* Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* Pinch of dried oregano
* Pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Cut into 6-by-8-inch quarters, then cut each quarter in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.

Brush each triangle of dough with marinara sauce, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around; sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan (reserve some of the sauce and cheese for topping). Layer a few pieces of pepperoni, olives and/or mushrooms over the cheese, reserving a few pieces for topping. Slightly fold in the two far corners, then roll up the dough from the long side, like a burrito, until the filling is fully enclosed in a tube, pressing gently to seal.

Carefully insert a popsicle stick or wooden skewer into the center of each pizza roll and arrange on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the rolls with olive oil and more marinara sauce; sprinkle with garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Press any extra filling ingredients onto the rolls. Sprinkle with more mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
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If it's home with family or at a party, hopefully all of you have a tasty New Years Eve and a great start to the New Year.

I've decided not to use Mr. Linky anymore so please just put your link in the comments if you are participating, and make sure to check in for next weeks theme of Toppings.

3 comments:

Malynda said...

I miss you Greg!! I wish you were going to be at our NYE Party!! I hope that 2010 brings much amazingness to your life :)

Mal

PS. I like this new addition to your blog-- it's really fun and delicious!

Ms.Behaved said...

I participated in Tasty Tuesday as well this week. My entry can be found here:

http://behaven.blogspot.com/

smarmoofus said...

Pizza on a stick sounds delicious, but have you tried fried ravioli? Look in to it. And then MAKE ME SOME!

I'm up!
-smarmoofus