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Aphrodisiac appetizer -be it an ethoarchealogical myth or scientific fact

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Poppy has  been believed to be possess aphrodisiac properties in many ancient cultures.  Be it an ethnoarchealogical myth or a  scientific fact, poppy seeds impart a very aromatic taste. Here is an appetizer recipe pairing poppy seeds with bright raspberries for a Valentine’s treat or to brighten up an otherwise normal day. Phyllo cups filled with a slice of Brie, topped with fresh raspberries and drizzled with poppy seed dressing make an easy for an easy fancy appetizer with absolutely no stress, yet provide for an elegant affair.

Brie and poppy seed dressing

Kind of food: Appetizer
How long: 10 min
Makes: 8 pieces
Pots and Pans: Pot or a deep pan

8 Phyllo cups (available in the frozen food section along with pie crusts, but varies from store to store)
4″ X 4″ piece of Brie
Substitute: Low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries or pomegranates
1/4 cup poppy seed dressing (available in condiment aisle along with salad dressing)

How to make
Remove phyllo cup from the casing and set it aside.  Keep the cheese in the fridge until assembling time. Slice the brie (or cream cheese) into 0.75″X0.75″ pieces that will fit in the phyllo cups. It has to fit and the shape of the sliced cheese does not matter. Place washed and towel dried raspberries on top of the cheese. Drizzle 1 tsp of salad dressing on the raspberries just before serving.

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

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
You could sprinkle a small pinch of cayenne pepper for an added kick. Poppy seed dressing are normally sweet. Taste the dressing before you drizzle. If it is not sweet enough, then sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar on the raspberry. If you have another favorite dressing or a sauce like a champagne dressing or hollandaise sauce you could use that too.


February 1, 2009 at 1:47 am 1 comment

Healthier and tastier than wings

This is a version of the buffalo chicken dip that eliminates the fat calories form the wings, but it tastes so good that when accompanied by celery and sticks seconds it can be perfectly guilt free.

buffalo chicken dip

Kind of food: Appetizer/ side
Makes: 2 quarts
How long: 20 min
Pots & pans: Oven proof pan, aluminum foil

2  cups of cooked chicken (either home made poached chicken or left over grilled chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken or frozen chicken fajita)
1/3 cup of hot sauce (buffalo sauce available in the condiment aisle near ketchup)
1 cup light ranch dressing
2  – 8 Oz packs of fat free cream cheese softened
1.5 cups of shredded low fat cheddar cheese or other low fat cheese

buffalo chicken dip

How to make
Preheat the oven to 325 F. In the mean time shred the chicken using a blender.  Soften the cream cheese by microwaving  it for 10 – 20 seconds.  Combine the chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch and 1/2 of the shredded cheese in a greased oven proof tray.  Sprinkle the rest of  the cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and place it in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.  For added color place it under the broiler for 10 – 20 seconds until brown specs appear.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving Ideas: Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks or crackers.

Tip, tricks & alternatives:
To avoid double dipping or to provide your guests with their individual dips try baking this dip in small oven proof cup or oven proof ramekins as shown in the picture.
Use barbecue sauce instead of hot sauce or a combination of the two for a different flavor.  You could microwave this mixture too or use a slow cooker to warm up the chicken and cheese mixture.  This dip is best served warm so warm it in a microwave at intervals for 30 seconds if serving at a party.

January 11, 2009 at 2:05 am 1 comment

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