Monday, March 27, 2006

Dinner for Twelve

see below for another recipe!
Another successful dinner club!! Yay, hooray!! I always forget, though, how many dishes there are when you serve dinner to 12 people! I have a thing for using real dishes, silverware and glasses, so it always takes a little while to clean up. But, I do really love it.

Here was the final menu:
Kimberly's Queso*
Homemade Salsa
Taco Salad
Apricot Burritos & Vanilla Bean ice cream

After dinner and dishes, I booked our trip to New York!! It is official - we have plane tickets and a hotel. Yippeee!!!!

*Kimberly's queso was a favorite staple of our singles group Wednesday dinners for several years. It is definitely a twist on the old Rotel/Velveeta trick. Here's the recipe, in case you are interested:

1 large (2-pound) brick of Velveeta
1 package of cream cheese
1 can of rotel, undrained
1 package of frozen spinach, cooked and drained
1 pound of Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled (can substitute regular sausage)

Combine in crock pot or you can microwave.

Apricot Burritos

1 6-oz pkg dried apricots, chopped small
1 C water
1/4 C brown sugar

1/4 C sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
8-10 8‑in. flour tortillas

Cooking oil

In small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10-30 min. till fruit is tender & thickened, stirring occasionally. (Should be the consistency of preserves.) Cool. To assemble, spoon approx 1/8 cup of filling on each tortilla; roll up. Can bake or fry:

BAKE: Lay seam-side down on baking stone or in pan; brush each with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 475°-500° for 8-10 min, until tortillas are golden brown.

FRY: In a 12‑in. skillet, heat 3/4" oil to 350° Fry burritos seam‑side down till golden, turning once. Drain. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Serve warm or cool. Vanilla ice cream is a great addition!

(May half cinnamon and add 1/4 t nutmeg, if desired)


jettybetty said...

You are so talented!!!
When are you going to NYC?

Lana said...

Thanks for putting Kimberly's recipe in the blog. I was going to ask you to send it to me.

Chelsea said...

YUMMY!!! Thanks for the new recipe! I already wrote that one down...sounds delicious. And, so did your dinner club night! All of my favorite foods...

And, I'm excited for you and your NYC trip coming up! I loved my trip there last summer, and I'm sure that will be such a fun girls' getaway! Have fun planning!

Allyson said...

Thanks for dinner last night! It was great, as always. ...And for those who have never had "Kimberly's Queso", it really is the best!! :)