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Sweet, Spicy and Savory Strawberry Cups

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With strawberries in season, here is an MTS post with an idea for an easy creative snack (horsdovers) using strawberries with a hint of cayenne, a shred of mint and a bit of tart olives and is paired with creamy asaigo cheese. The combination of various flavors are sure to excite your audience.  By the time you inform your family or friend about snack time this snack will ready for the platter. Who says fancy appetizers are for parties only.  Self-indulgence ain’t a sin :).

Strawberry phyllo cups 1

Kind of food: Appetizer
How long: 5 min
Makes: 8 pieces
Pots and Pans: Platter, microwave or a small vessel to warm.

8 Phyllo cups (available in the frozen food section along with pie crusts, but varies from store to store)
4″ X 4″ piece of Asiago or your favorite cheese
1/4 cup fresh strawberries sliced to small pieces that can be accommodated in phyllo cups
2 Tbsp sliced olives
3 Tbsp 0f jelly (MTS suggestions – Gauva, Orange maramalade)
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp Mint (finely chopped)

Strawberry phyllo cups 2

How to make
Remove phyllo cup from the casing and set it aside.  Cut the cheese  into 0.75″X0.75″ pieces that will fit in the phyllo cups. Microwave the jelly with cayenne pepper for 10 – 20 seconds until the jelly acquires a flowing consistency. Place the cut strawberries and sliced olives on top of the cheese or along the side.   Drizzle 1/2 tsp of the warm jelly on the strawberries and garnish with finely chopped mint just before serving.

Note: To make this recipe ahead place the cheese and strawberry on the phyllo cups and cover it with seran wrap.  Leave it at room temperature.  Drizzle the jelly and garnish with mint just before serving.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
You could sprinkle a small pinch of curry powder instead of the cayenne pepper for an added kick.  If you have left over sauces hollandaise or bechamel sauce, you could use that too.


May 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

Simple Sprouts And Pomegrenate Salad With Citrus (Orange) Vinaigrette

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Bean sprouts tossed with pomegranate, celery, bell peppers (capsicum) and dressed in a citrus  vinaigrette makes for both an interesting salad and a filling for wraps. Sprouts do not have a very attractive taste but are abundant in vital nutrients, so it becomes tricky incorporating them into a healthy diet.  The citrus dressing provides a sweet and tangy dressing with a hint of cayenne pepper in the back ground to kick it up a notch.  And for all those brave hearts out there, using chili powder in the place of cayenne pepper may just be the right combination of sweet and spice.  This post also features an edible presentation tip that would work for all seasons.

Makes: 4 Salad servings
How long: 7 mins
Pots and pans: Bowl to mix salad.

4 cups of  ANY sprouts (rinsed, drained and completely devoid of moisture*)
1 cup of fresh pomegranate
1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
1/3 cup of finely chopped bell peppers (capsicum)
1 Orange
1/4 cup Orange juice
2 Tbsp Olive oil or any salad oil
1 tsp Cayenne pepper or chili powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
Salt as per taste

Sprout and pomogranate salad

How to make
Cut the orange into two halves.  Slice each half into thin slices.  Mix orange juice, chili powder (or cayenne pepper), cumin powder and a pinch of salt. Drizzle oil into this mixture while stirring vigorously with a beater (non- electric) or a fork. Gather the ingredients for the salad. Look up the MTS post on how to peel pomegranate if you are not familiar with the process.  Toss the sprouts with chopped celery, cilantro and bell peppers.  At the time of serving, toss the salad with just enough dressing to make the salad wet. Plate the orange slices near the rim of the serving platter and then place the salad in the center (as shown in the photo).

Note: The key to a well done salad is the balance in ingredients (texture) and taste.  Dressing being an integral part of a salad, add only a little bit at a time.  Toss the salad completely until it is wet and there is no dressing collected at the bottom of the bowl.  Serve additional dressing on the side.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
If you have left over of this salad, drain the salad and get rid of any excess moisture(dressing). Keep the drained salad in the fridge.  Wrap the salad in whole grain tortilla for a healthy snack or break fast next day.  Make sure the salad is devoid of any excess moisture.
Left over sprout salad can also be added to any stir-fry or a curry while cooking.
If you would like to use fresh squeezed orange juice  then place an orange in the microwave for 10 seconds.  This will help with softening the orange a little and help extracting all the juice.

Using this salad as a filling for wraps:
This salad can be mixed with roasted baby carrots or sauteed/roasted potatoes or cooked rice or rice noodles for a very filling wrap.

April 27, 2009 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

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