Sunday, December 13, 2009

Top Chef Party

We invited some friends over to watch the Top Chef finale and of course we made food :) my husband wanted everyone to make a twist on childhood favorites but not everyone did that.

Here is my twist on Tacos

Square wonton wrappers
1 can of black beans drained
Shredded mexican cheese
green onion, the white and green parts chopped
taco seasoning
ground turkey sausage (I buy the links that say HOT and break them apart)

Place wonton squares into mini muffin tins and bake at 350 until the edges are brown
Brown the sausage with the seasoning and garlic
Stir in the black beans, cheese, and chopped green onion
Spoon the mixture into the baked wonton shells and put back in the oven.
Remove when the cheese looks melted

I serve these with salsa and sour cream on the side.

Here is my twist on Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 c miniature chocolate chips
12 oz of Chocolate Almond Bark
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Soften your butter, place in mixing bowl with the sugars, vanilla, flour, condensed milk and then chocolate chips.

Scoop mixture into small portions on a wax covered cookie sheet.
Put into freezer for 30 minutes.
Take out and roll mixture into 1 inch balls.
Put back in freezer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt your chocolate bark in a double boiler system on the stove.
Remove balls from freezer and dip each one in chocolate using a toothpick.
Tap to remove excess chocolate and place on wax paper.

My husband did a twist on burgers. He made mini burgers with brie on a triangle of ciabatta bread. He made his own ketchup with a tomato paste and roasted peppers, splash of balsamic vinegar, salt, garlic and onion sauteed with olive oil, chili flakes, thinned with some liquid from the red pepper jar. This was all processed together in the food processor.

Instead of french fries, my husband made a batter for hashbrowns and fried them. He wanted a sort of nest look to the fries. They were awesome!

In the background of this photo you see a guests' chocolate chip cookies. She made them with bacon. The maple flavor of the bacon mixed with the brown sugar of the chocolate chip cookies was actually good. I'd rather have a regular chocolate chip cookie but it wasn't gross to have the bacon in it.

and lastly, another guest made sliders. They had a wonderful chunk of soft seasoning cheese in the center and she made a great garlicy aioli sauce.

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