Showing posts with label cream cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cream cheese. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are delicious. They are the perfect appetizer. You can keep them hot on the stove, or warm in the oven until you are ready to serve. They look and taste fancy, but they are really easy to make.

Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 pound Button Mushroom (about 7)
3 oz Cream Cheese softened
2 tablespoons Chopped Onions
3 Pieces of Shrimp
1/2 cup Heaping Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 stalk Green Onion
 Peel the shrimp.
Cut out the back vein.
You don't have to do this. I just prefer to.

Get the shrimp cooking in a pan with about 2 teaspoons
of butter. Cook it on medium high until pink, and a
little crispy.
While the shrimp is cooking, rinse the mushrooms,
and remove the stems.
Let the shrimp continue to cook.
Dry the mushrooms.
When your shrimp are cooked, let them cool.
While the shrimp are cooling, melt about 2 tablespoons
of butter in a pan, and start the mushrooms cooking
on medium.
Put a cover on the pan.
While the mushrooms are cooking, chop the shrimp
into bite size pieces.
Combine the cream cheese, onion, shrimp,
and cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly.
Check your mushrooms, and flip them over. They
should look brown like this.
Cover the pan again.
Open the pan and check the mushroom. Flip them over.
They should look like this. Cover with a pan again,
but only for a few minutes.
This is not a very good picture, but the mushroom should
fill up with water. When they do, dump it into the pan.
Fill the mushrooms with the stuffing.
Cover the pan for a few minutes, until the stuffing
becomes warm to the touch.
Chop up some of the green onion. Start at the nice part
of the green end.
Sprinkle the tops with green onion pieces.

Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me!

Come back later today when we
make our
Blue Cheese Caesar Salad!

See you then!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ridin' Fence Nachos

We are starting the week with one of my all time favorite appetizers. I have made lots of fancy, smancy appetizers in restaurant kitchens, but none of them can stand up to this one. This is the good stuff!
 Ridin' Fence Nachos

Nachos(your favorite kind)
1 can refried beans or our Cowboy Beans, right here:
(http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2011/05/cole-slaw-cowboy-beans-quite-pair.html)
Diced Onions
Diced Roma Tomatoes
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Queso Fresco Cheese
Sour Cream
Avocado

Place the nacho chips on a microwavable plate.
You will be serving on this plate also.
Top your chips with the beans. I love the beans, so 
I put a generous helping on them. The amount is up to you.
Top the beans with your chopped onions and diced tomatoes.
Now top your tomatoes with shredded cheddar and 
Queso Fresco crumbles. Place in the microwave and cook for 
about 45-60 seconds, or until cheese is melted.
When the cheese is melted, top the nachos with a
scoop of sour cream. Cut your avocado and place
diced pieces around the plate wherever you want.
Isn't that pretty?!
Enjoy! It's sooo good!

Thanks for joining me today!
I hope you like today's recipe. 
Tomorrow we will be making
Green salad w/ Homemade Chunky Mango Citrus Dressing!

See you then!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our Appetizer-Cream Cheese Wontons!!

I think Cream Cheese Wontons are the perfect way to start a Chinese meal. Don't you! They are creamy, crunchy, and spicy. Today we put them with sauce that is mild and a little sweet. Let's get started!!
Cream Cheese Wontons
(adapted from CD Kitchen)

2 oz Cream Cheese
1 Egg Yolk
1/4 teaspoon Curry Powder
3 oz unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1 oz White Vinegar
1.5 oz Granulated Sugar
1.5 teaspoon Ketchup
1.5 teaspoon Cornstarch
Wonton Wrappers
Start by putting your cream cheese in a bowl and smush it
down with a fork. (Easier if it is room temp)
Separate the egg white from the yolk. Keep the white if 
possible. We will use it later. Mush ( it is a technical term!!!)
the egg yolk and the cream cheese together.
Add the curry powder.
Mix everything together.
This is your filling.
Pour your unsweetened pineapple juice in a 
saucepan. Instead of buying pineapple juice, I just bought
a small can of pineapple tid bits. They are canned 
with no added preservatives and no sugar.
I poured the juice out of the can, 
and put the pineapple in the fridge for later.
Add the white vinegar, sugar, ketchup, and cornstarch.
Whisk together over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken.
Take sauce off heat once it is thick, and set aside.
Start to heat up your oil in a saucepan . I brought the
oil to 350 degrees. If you have a home fryer, use it to fry.
While your oil is heating up, make an egg wash.
Crack an egg in a small dish, add a tablespoon of 
water, and whisk with a fork.
With a pastry brush, dab egg wash all along the edges 
of the wonton wrapper. This will help the edges stick together.
Drop 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mix into the middle 
of your wonton.  I put in 1 teaspoon, 
but it truly could have used 2 teaspoons.
To fold in the wonton, start with each tip of the wonton, 
and bring it to the tip right next to it, so that it forms an angle.
Then bring the next tip up to the center to meet the other side.
The egg wash will help the side stick to one another.
This is your finished wonton ready for frying.
Carefully place your wontons in the fryer.I only fried 3 at a time
so I could keep control of them.
Let them fry until they are light brown.
 When they are done, take them out of the oil and let 
them drain on a paper towel. See that little wire basket type 
utensil I used to get them out? I bought that at an international market
store here in Las Vegas. I just love it for frying. It is great because
if you want to check on your frying food, you can pull it out of the fryer,
let it sit in the basket, and you can examine it. The cost? 69 cents!!
Here is your plated appetizer. Aren't they pretty?

Enjoy your appetizer!
They are easy to make and they don't require a lot of ingredients.

Here is our cost breakdown:
(This is for 10 cream cheese wontons)
wontons-       .37
egg-               .10
cream cheese-.50
curry powder-.02
                                                                   .99 for 10 cream cheese wontons

pineapple juice-.72
white vinegar-   .05
sugar-              .10
ketchup-          .05
cornstarch-      .02
                                                   .94 sauce for wontons

Total cost for 10 wontons and dipping sauce- $1.93
I will always try to give you the exact price I paid. There may be times when
I estimate because I have had the ingredient for a while, but if at all possible,
I will try to obtain the present price.
If you have any questions about where I bought something or any other questions,
please comment on the page, or send me an email to 
thefreshmancook@hotmail.com.

Tomorrow we will be making our salad portion of our meal,
a green salad with an Asian Ginger dressing.
See you then!