Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Snow Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps©

Ohhhhhhhhhh, what an appetizer!!!! Try doubling or tripling the recipe!!

20-25 Stuffing Mushroom Caps, Cleaned
1/3 c. Butter
6-8 oz. King Crab Meat
1 oz. White Wine
1/2 Tsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 tsp sage
1/2 tsp savory
1/2 Cup Onions, Diced
1 Tbsp. Parsley, chopped
1 oz. Half and Half Cream
1/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add onion and sauté until they become translucent. Add wine, seasonings, parsley, lemon juice, crab meat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Next add cream and swiss cheese, cook an additional 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Finally add bread crumbs and stir well. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps and place caps on cookie sheet. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on to the tops of the caps and place cookie sheet in oven. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Chorizo Rice or Egg Casserole ©

Chorizo is something one has to aquire a taste for. It wasn't difficult for us having lived in Waco, TX for several years. We had some wonderful Hispanic friends there who taught us how to cook Mexican National foods. Gary and Kat - and Lance - thank you for the time you spent with us. Adding cantaloupe slices and eggs rather than rice, makes for an intimate brunch.

12 ounces Jasmine Rice cooked according to directions OR 6-8 scrambled eggs
4 Medium-size chorizo sausages or a 12 ounce chub (tube)
1 small Onion, coarsely chopped
1 TBS Lard
4 ounce can of green chilies, chopped
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 dash of pepper hot sauce
2 cups Shredded jack cheese or Pepper Jack (preferred with us)
6 To 8 tomato slices

Following package directions, cook rice until al dente.

Meanwhile, melt 1-TBS lard in a wide frying pan over medium-high heat. Remove sausage casings, crumble meat into pan, add onion, and cook until sausage is browned and onion is limp (about 5 minutes). Pour off drippings and add cooked rice or eggs, chilies, sour cream, salt and pepper sauce to taste.

Pour half the mixture into a greased 2 1/2 quart casserole; sprinkle with half the cheese. Add remaining mixture, arrange tomato slices on top, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate until next day.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 deg F oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until top is slightly browned. Makes 6 servings.