Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar night!

While planning our menu for the week I forgot about our annual Oscar party.  So tonight was a deviation from our menu and it wasn't really a meal at all. It was a lot of good food for my husband's favourite night of the year. We managed to fit a few of our good friends into our attic and feed them some delicious snacks, appetizers and desserts. To wash it all down, I made some of my very special lemonade.  What a great night!

 We had homemade (vegetarian) sushi, mozza sticks, stuffed jalapenos, veggies and dip, hummus and pitas, spinach and artichoke dip, and a curry dip.  (Not pictured: housepoets cookies and lemonade!)

I recently bought my sushi loving husband a sushi-making kit.  There couldn't have been a better night to try it out and he was so eager.  Glad they turned out :)

Mozzarella Sticks

1 block mozzarella cut into strips
3 cups panko bread crumbs
basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper
chili powder
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour

*Mix together spices and bread crumbs
*Dip cheese into flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, then egg, then bread crumbs again!
*Place on baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes per side

Stuffed Jalapenos
10 jalapenos
1 package of cream cheese
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper

*Core and wash jalapenos
*Mix together rest of the ingredients and stuff jalapenos
*Place on baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil
*Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, turning once

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
3 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

*Saute garlic and spinach in olive oil for a couple of minutes
*Combine with cream cheese, mayo, parmesan, romano, and spices
*Gently mix in artichokes and transfer to a lightly greased baking dish
*Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes

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